Senior Jake Palomaki led the way for BC at the plate with a 4-for-5 night and two RBIs. He extended his team-long hit streak to nine games and stole his 47th career base, tying for third in BC record books.
Junior starter Jacob Stevens collected his third win of the year, going six innings with five Ks, just one walk and one earned run. Classmate Gian Martellini hit his second home run of the season to put the game away in the seventh inning.
Score: Boston College 6, No. 21 Virginia 2
Records: Boston College (7-8, 2-2 ACC) at Virginia (11-7, 1-3 ACC)
Series: BC leads the series, 1-0
Location: Davenport Field at Disharoon Park in Charlottesville, Va.
- Senior Jake Palomaki extended his hit streak to nine games – the longest of the season for the Eagles – with a 4-for-5 day. He logged two RBIs and two runs and stole his 47th career base, tying for third all-time in BC history.
- Junior RHP Jacob Stevens went six innings in his start, allowing seven hits but just one run and one walk while striking out five.
- Junior Gian Martellini launched his second home run of the year in the seventh inning. He finished the day with three RBIs and has driven in seven in the last three games.
- With his 2-for-3 day, sophomore Brian Dempsey has a hit in 11 of the Eagles’ 15 games this season and least one in 25 of the last 35 games played, dating back to 2017. He also reached base safely in the 14 of the 15 games.
- Sophomore Jack Cunningham knocked the go-ahead double in the seventh. He has at least one hit in 12 games this season.
- With the game knotted at one, the Eagles scored four in the seventh to take the lead. Cunningham doubled to center to score freshman Chris Galland, who led off with a base hit.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Eagles scored one in the first as Palomaki led off with a single and moved around to third on a wild pitch. Martellini hit one through the left side to plate Palomaki for the first run of the game.
- The Cavs evened the score in the third. With one down, Tanner Morris doubled to right and moved to third on a wild pitch. Andy Weber hit a two-out triple down the first-base line to score Morris.
- BC retook the lead in the seventh after two great outfield grabs by right fielder Cunningham and sophomore centerfielder Dante Baldelli to keep the game knotted at one.
- Galland led off with a single to left and advanced to second on a passed ball. Cunningham doubled to the wall in center to give the Eagles the lead. Dempsey moved Cunningham into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt and Palomaki drove him in with a single past the diving first baseman. With reliever RHP Mack Meyer on the hill, Martellini blasted one into the left-field bleachers to give BC a 5-1 lead.
- The Eagles added one in the ninth as Dempsey doubled to the corner in left, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Palomaki’s base hit to left.
- UVA scored a run off junior RHP Thomas Lane in the bottom of the inning. With two on by way of an error and walk, a wild pitch got away, allowing a run to score. With the bases loaded and no outs, Lane got a popup, strikeout swinging, and a fly ball to end the game.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- The win was the first for the Eagles in program history in Charlottesville. They have now won the last three straight between the two squads.
- BC improves to 6-20 in the all-time series and 5-6 under head coach Mike Gambino.
- For the ninth time this season, the Eagles logged at least 10 hits in a game, including five of the last six games.
- The victory marked the second win over a ranked team in 2018.
- In his two starts against UVA, Stevens has thrown 12 innings, allowed just two runs – one earned – eight hits and six walks while striking out 11.
The Eagles and Cavaliers return to action on Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest. All games in the series are streamed on ACC Network Extra.