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Bigras’s Eighth-Inning RBI Gives Eagles Victory Over CMU

BC BASEBALL: Bigras’s Eighth-Inning RBI Gives the Eagles Victory Over CMU
Giampetruzzi records first career win with career-high five strikeouts

 
 
GAME INFORMATION
Score: Boston College 5, Central Michigan 4
Records: Central Michigan (3-5) vs. Boston College (3-4)
Location: North Charlotte Regional Park in North Charlotte, Fla.

BC HIGHLIGHTS

  • Junior left-hander Carmen Giampetruzzi recorded his first career win, throwing the eighth and ninth and striking out five of the six batters he faced. He retired all six and set a career high for strikeouts and tied a career high for innings pitched.
  • Senior Johnny Adams led the way for the Eagles with a 2-for-3 day, driving in two runs, stealing two bases, walking once and scoring a run. Adams has reached base in the last eight games, dating back to last season, and has a hit in the last three games.
  • Junior Scott Braren has reached base in the last 10 games, dating back to last season – the only streak of any BC player – as he went 1-for-2 with a run and two walks.
  • Sophomore right-handed starter Jacob Stevens went 6.2 innings, allowed seven hits, three runs, walked two and struck out four. He threw 19.2 innings to start the season before allowing an earned run.
  • Junior Donovan Casey extended his hit streak to six games on a 2-for-4 day, scoring a run.

KEY PLAYS

  • With the game tied at four in the eighth inning, junior Mitch Bigras legged out an infield single to drive in the game-winning run from second base.
  • Giampetruzzi recorded a 123 ninth to seal the victory.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Eagles jumped out to an early, 4-0 lead in the first. They loaded the bases on two walks and a single by Casey and with two outs, Adams blasted a base hit to center to drive in two. With Braren at third, Adams took off on the pitch and when the CMU catcher threw down, Braren stole home. Junior Anthony Maselli plated the final run of the inning after Bigras drew a walk. With runners on first and second, Maselli laced one through the right side to score Adams from second.
  • CMU starter Pat Leatherman settled in and did not allow the Eagles to plate another run and the Chippewas evened the score in the seventh.  Stevens got two quick outs before giving up back-to-back base hits. Robert Greenman cleared the bases with a double off the left-field wall. Freshman RHP Jack Cunningham entered the game and gave up a single through the left side. With runners on the corners, Alex Borglin hit one through the right side to make it a one-run game. Daniel Robinson hit a chopper to first, pasting a diving Bigras to score the tying run before Cunningham forced a fly ball to end the inning.
  • BC broke the tie in the eighth with RHP Zach Kohn on the mound. Braren drew a one-out walk and with two down, Adams was issued a walk on four balls. Sophomore Jake Alu came in to pinch run at second and Bigras hit a chopper to between first and second. He beat the second baseman’s throw to first with Alu hustling the whole way, crossing the plate to give the Eagles the lead.
  • Giampetruzzi retired the side in the top of the ninth to help the Eagles to the win.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • The Eagles improved to 3-0 all-time against Central Michigan, with all the victories coming in the last four years at the Snowbird Classic.
  • Senior Michael Strem recorded two outfield assists in the game to bring his season total to four. He gunned down a runner at home to end the third and he threw a man out at second trying to stretch a single to a double in the fourth.
  • Maselli recorded his first RBI of the season in the first inning.
  • Junior Jake Palomaki did not reach base in the game, ending his on-base streak at eight games, dating back to last season.
  • The Eagles improved their record at the Snowbird Classic to 12-4 in their fourth straight appearance at the annual tournament.

UP NEXT
The Eagles take on old BIG EAST foe Georgetown on Saturday, March 4 at 2:30 p.m. in their second Snowbird Classic game.

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