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BC BASEBALL’S Comeback Bid Falls Short in Extras
Martellini hits go-ahead home run in the 10th
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Boston College baseball team lost its first extra-innings contest of the year, 10-9, at No. 21 Virginia on Sunday afternoon after climbing back into the game. The Eagles (7-10, 2-4 ACC) lost the series to the Cavaliers (13-7, 3-3 ACC) on a 10th-inning sacrifice fly walk-off.
Trailing by one in the top of the ninth, BC managed to push a run across to send the game to extras. In the 10th, junior Gian Martellini hit a two-run homer to put the Eagles on top, but in the bottom of the inning classmate RHP Jack Nelson loaded the bases and sophomore RHP Matt Gill allowed a two-run single to tie the game and sac fly to plate the winning run.
Senior Jake Palomaki was 4-for-6 with two runs, two RBIs, and a stolen base. He is third in BC record books with 48 career swipes. Martellini was 1-for-3 with three walks and sophomore Brian Dempsey was 3-for-5.
The Eagles return to The Heights to open the new ballpark on Brighton Campus on Tuesday, March 20 with a 3 p.m. contest against Northeastern.
Score: No. 21 Virginia 10, Boston College 9 (10 innings)
Records: Boston College (7-10, 2-4 ACC) at Virginia (13-7, 3-3 ACC)
Series: UVA wins the series, 2-1
Location: Davenport Field at Disharoon Park in Charlottesville, Va.
- Senior Jake Palomaki led the way for the Eagles with a 4-for-6 afternoon. He drove in two, scored two runs and stole his 48th career base, leaving him in sole possession of the No. 3 spot in BC record books. In the series, he was 8-for-14 with four runs, four RBIs, two walks and two stolen bases.
- Junior Gian Martellini hit his team-leading third home run in the 10th to give the Eagles the lead. He drove in six runs against the Hoos and 10 in the last five ACC games.
- Sophomore Brian Dempsey went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI. He has a hit in 12 of the Eagles’ 17 games this season and least one in 26 of the last 37 games played, dating back to 2017. He also reached base safely in the 16 of the 17 games.
- Senior RHP Brian Rapp struck out six through a 5.2-inning start in the no-decision. He gave up seven hits, three runs and walked three.
- Junior RHP Sean Hughes pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. He allowed two hits and struck out one.
- Down by two in the 10th, the Cavaliers loaded the bases on a hit by pitch, single and error. Andy Weber hit a single off sophomore RHP Matt Gill to tie the game and with the bases loaded and one out, Charlie Cody hit a fly ball to right, allowing the winning run to tag up from third.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- UVA scored two in the second to take an early lead. Nake Eikhoff led off the second with a solo shot, the first home run allowed by Rapp in 2018. Sophomore right fielder Jack Cunningham almost made a diving catch in right-center for the second out, but the ball came loose, allowing Alex Tappen to record a double. He moved up on a grounder to first and scored on a single off the bat of Devin Ortiz.
- The Cavs added a run in the third as Andy Weber doubled to left, moved to third on a wild pitch and with runners on the corners, the Hoos executed the double steal to go up, 3-0.
- The Eagles took the lead in the fourth. Junior Jake Alu and Cunningham were both hit by pitches with two outs. Dempsey singled to center to score Alu from second. Senior Mitch Bigras followed with a double to right to plate Cunningham. Palomaki singled to center to clear the bases and put BC on put, 4-3.
- BC added two more in the sixth with two outs off LHP Bennett Sousa. Bigras drew a four-pitch walk and moved up to second on Palomaki’s single up the middle. Sophomore Dante Baldelli knocked one to right to score Bigras. With runners on the corners, Baldelli took off from first and when the catcher threw down, Palomaki broke for home. He beat the throw to the plate for the Eagles’ sixth run.
- Virginia retook the lead off junior RHP Thomas Lane in the seventh. The first two UVA batters reached on a hit by pitch and walk before Lane got two fly outs. Brendan Rivoli launched one to the warning track in right. Cunningham made a diving attempt and the ball came out of his glove, allowing two runs to cross the plate, bringing the Cavs within one. Ortiz walked and Hughes came into the game. Tanner Morris hit one down the third-base line to give UVA a 7-6 lead.
- The Eagles tied the game with two outs in the ninth. Freshman Chris Galland reached on an infield single and stole second to move into scoring position. Dempsey chopped one to second and Weber’s throw went wide of the first baseman, allowing Galland to cross the plate and tie the game.
- Martellini gave BC the lead in the 10th. Palomaki singled to start the inning and with one down, the catcher launched one in the bullpen to give the Eagles a 9-7 lead.
- Junior RHP Jack Nelson came on in the bottom of the inning and loaded the bases on a hit by pitch, single and error on a sac bunt attempt. Gill came into the game and gave up a single to Weber to tie it. A sac bunt moved the runners into scoring position and the Eagles intentionally walked the next batter to set up the double play. Cody hit a fly ball deep enough to right to allow the winning run to tag up and cross the plate.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- For the 10th time this season, the Eagles logged at least 10 hits in a game, including six of the last eight games.
- The 10-inning contest marked the first extra-inning game for BC in 2018.
- BC is 0-7 when making two or more errors in a game.
- The Eagles fall to 6-22 in the all-time series against UVA. They recorded the program’s first-ever win on the road on Friday evening.
- The series has been decided by one run 10 times with five games going to extras. The Eagles are 2-3 in extras against the Hoos and 3-7 in one-run contests.
- Seven games have ended in walk-off fashion. BC has walked off three times.
The Eagles return to The Heights to play Northeastern on Tuesday, March 20 at 3 p.m. It will be the first-ever game in the new ballpark on Brighton Campus.
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