MATCHUP: Miami (20-21, 10-10 ACC) at Boston College (16-22, 6-15 ACC)
WHERE: Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
WHEN: Friday, April 28 at 2:30 p.m. | Saturday, April 29 at 1:30 p.m. | Sunday, April 30 at 1 p.m.
RECORD vs. Miami: Miami leads the series, 20-7
HOW TO FOLLOW
Listen: Friday | Saturday | Sunday
Friday: First Responders Day – The Eagles will honor first responders, public safety and medical personnel; BC will wear BCPD hats and members of the BC police force will throw out the first pitch
Saturday: Fifth Annual Wounded Warrior Project Game – BC will honor current and former military members; local veterans will throw out a first pitch and the BC field hockey and women’s ice hockey teams will unfurl the flag; there will be a live national anthem and “God Bless America” performance
Sunday: Youth Baseball Day – There will be a postgame autograph session on the field with the team and young fans can run the bases
Friday: BC: RHP Jacob Stevens (4-4, 4.70 ERA) vs. LHP Jeb Bargfeldt (4-3, 2.32 ERA)
Saturday: LHP Dan Metzdorf (2-5, 4.58 ERA) vs. LHP Michael Mediavilla (4-4, 4.21 ERA)
Sunday: RHP Brian Rapp (1-2, 4.02 ERA) vs. RHP Greg Veliz (3-2, 2.41 ERA)
Scouting The Hurricanes
- Miami enters the weekend with a 20-21 overall record, 10-10 in the ACC.
- The Hurricanes split a midweek home-and-home with FIU before splitting two with Florida State in Miami. The third game was cancelled due to rain. UM won game two with a walk-off win in the 10thinning.
- The Canes have won series against Georgia Tech, Duke and at Pittsburgh; earning two victories in each. They have dropped series to Wake Forest and at North Carolina and at NC State. They have not been swept this year.
- The Hurricanes are last in the ACC with a team .214 batting average but they are fourth in the conference with a 3.84 ERA.
- No UM hitter is above .300 in batting average but Romy Gonzalez leads the way with a .263 clip, seven home runs, eight doubles and 26 RBIs. He is also 11-for-12 on the base path.
- Friday starter LHP Jeb Bargfeldt went 6.1 innings in the loss to FSU last weekend, allowing seven hits, five runs – all earned – with one walk and three strikeouts. He leads the starters with a 2.32 ERA and fifth in the ACC for that total.
- Saturday’s starter LHP Michael Mediavilla went 6.2 innings in a no-decision last weekend. He allowed three hits, three runs – all earned – four walks and struck out 10. Mediavilla started the first game of the Super Regional last year, going 7.2 innings, allowing four hits, three runs – two earned – three walks and sevens Ks.
- Sunday’s starter RHP Greg Veliz was scheduled to throw last Sunday, but the game was halted in the third with Miami trailing, 2-0, and eventually called off. He has started seven games and recorded a 2.41 ERA.
- The Eagles face Miami in a rematch of the 2016 Super Regional, in which Boston College came within one game of the College World Series.
- The Hurricanes took game one before BC earned a game-two victory to force a decisive third game. UM won, 9-4, after a seventh-inning grand slam by Edgar Michelangeli off LHP Jesse Adams.
- The Canes lead the all-time series, 20-7, earning the first seven victories before the Eagles notched a win in the 2009 series finale.
- The two teams met once before becoming ACC conference opponents, playing a two-game set in 2003.
- BC has won just one series, in 2013 at home, which was decided by a walk-off solo home run by Matt Paré.
- The Canes have swept the Eagles four times – in 2008, 2012 and 2014 in Coral Gables and by winning two games in 2011 in Chestnut Hill.
- BC has won both meetings in the ACC Tournament, earning a 10-1 victory and a 12-10, 12-inning victory in 2009 and 2010, respectively.
- In the last three years, the Eagles are 3-6 against the Canes, including 2-4 in conference matchups.
WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE EAGLES
- The Eagles have won the last four games and seven of the last nine. They have also won the last three Atlantic Coast Conference games and five of the last six after sweeping the series with NC State and taking two of three from Duke in Durham.
- The Eagles have not recorded an error in 13 games in 2017, including the last four. Their .971 fielding percentage is eighth in the league.
- Junior RHP Brian Rapp threw the first complete game of his career – a three-hit shutout – to complete the sweep of NC State in the second game of a doubleheader on Sunday. He allowed just five base runners on the day and none advanced past first base. He struck out six, walked just two and all three hits were singles. It was the first complete-game shutout since Mike Kingrecorded on against No. 24 Georgia Tech on April 17, 2015. In three of his five ACC starts this season, Rapp has 22 strikeouts, just four walks and two runs over 23.0 innings (No. 6 Clemson, at Virginia Tech, NC State). He has not allowed a run twice.
- Sophomore LHP Dan Metzdorf threw a career-high eight innings and allowed just one run, three hits and one walk in the Eagles’ second win against NC State. It was his best outing since allowing just two hits and no runs or walks with four strikeouts in a six-inning start against then No. 6 Clemson on March 25.
- Sophomore RHP Jacob Stevens started the season by not allowing an earned run in the 19.2 innings. After a few mid-season bumps, he got back on a track, allowing just one hit and one run over a seven-inning start at Duke on April 14, tying a career high for innings pitched. He followed that by picking up his fourth win against the Pack on Saturday at Fenway Park. His 3.50 career ERA is currently sixth in BC record books.
- Junior RHP Donovan Casey picked up two saves on the week – in the Beanpot finale against Harvard and in the 2-1 win over State on Sunday – to bring his season total to five, tying for eighth in BC record books.
- Sophomore Jake Alu led the way at the plate for the Eagles against the Pack, going 6-for-10 with two runs, two doubles, an RBI and just one strikeout. He also scored the game-winning run against Harvard in the Beanpot championship, stealing both second and third and crossing the plate on a wild pitch in the fourth. He leads the Eagles with a .342 batting average and 27 hits in ACC games. His .333 overall average and nine stolen bases also leads the team. He recorded a career-high four hits in the victory at Duke on April 15.
- Freshman Jacob Yish has played in 14 games for the Eagles and has recorded a hit in eight of them. He recently recorded a career-long, six-game hit streak (April 15-23) as he has become a staple of the lineup as the designated hitter. He tallied nine hits, three runs, four RBIs, his first career double and three stolen bases in that span.
- Sophomore Gian Martellini has started 37 games for the Eagles behind the plate and logged at least one hit in 30 of them. He has never recorded two straight games without a hit and has at least one in the last five. He notched a career-long, seven-game hit streak from March 29 to April 9, tallying eight hits, seven runs, six RBIs, two doubles, a triple and two home runs. Martellini leads the team with 11 doubles, three home runs, 26 RBIs and a .444 slugging percentage. He recorded a career-high five RBIs in the victory over Duke on April 15 with his first career grand slam to put the Eagles ahead in the fourth inning.