SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Boston College baseball team lost a 5-4, 10-inning game to Notre Dame at Frank Eck Stadium on Friday evening. It was the sixth extra-inning loss for the Eagles (14-27, 5-17 ACC) in 2018.
Junior Gian Martellini put BC ahead in the seventh inning with his second career grand slam but the Irish (19-23, 10-13 ACC) responded with the tying run in the bottom of the inning. Notre Dame scored the game-winning run with two outs in the 10th off junior right-hander Thomas Lane.
Martellini was the only Eagle to notch two hits on the day, going 2-for-4 with a season-high four RBIs and his ACC-leading 14th runner caught stealing.
Score: Notre Dame 5, Boston College 4 (10 innings)
Records: Boston College (14-27, 5-17 ACC) at Notre Dame (19-23, 10-13 ACC)
Location: Jake Kline Field at Frank Eck Stadium in South Bend, Ind.
Series: Notre Dame leads the series, 1-0
- Junior right-hander Jacob Stevens recorded his 200th career strikeout in his 42nd career start wearing the Maroon and Gold. In his seven-inning start, he allowed six hits, four runs and walked just one.
- Junior Gian Martellini hit his second career grand slam in the seventh to give the Eagles a lead. He also recorded BC’s first hit of the day in the fifth inning and threw out his ACC-leading 14th baserunner stealing.
- Junior lefty Zach Stromberg threw two innings of scoreless relief. He allowed two hits, walked one and struck out one.
- Senior Jake Palomaki drew two walks. He has recorded and has reached base in 37 of the Eagles’ 41 games this season and with his 148thcareer run scored, is tied for fourth in BC record books.
- Freshman Chris Galland recorded a hit and run in the game. He has reached base in 16 games, the longest current streak for any Eagle.
- Sophomore Joe Suozzi tallied one hit on the day. In his last six games, he has nine hits, six runs, and four RBIs.
- Notre Dame’s Niko Kavadas hit a two-out, walk-off single in the 10th inning to give the Irish the win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Notre Dame was the first to score, notching two in the second. After a lead-off walk, Kavadas hit a homer over the right-field fence. After hitting a batter, Stevens forced a 543 double play and a grounder to end the inning quickly.
- Jake Johnson hit a two-out solo shot to right to make it a 3-0 game in the third.
- The Eagles took the lead in the seventh on Martellini’s grand slam. Palomaki started the inning with his second walk. Galland and Cunningham recorded back-to-back bunt singles to load the bases. Martellini launched his team-leading fourth home run over the left-center field fence to give BC the 4-3 lead.
- The Irish tied the game in the bottom of the inning. With two down, Daniel Jung singled through the right side and Spencer Myers doubled to left to put runners on second and third. Jung scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at four. Stevens got a grounder to end the inning with a runner on third.
- In the 10th inning with junior RHP Thomas Lane on the mound, Johnson logged a one-out single up the middle. A walk put two on and before Lane got a foul fly out. Kavadas hit a 2-2 pitch down the right-field line to give the Irish the walk-off victory.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- Notre Dame improves to 29-13 in the all-time series and snapped a three-game, BC win streak.
- The 10-inning affair marked the third extra-inning game against the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame has won two of the three games.
- Martellini hit his first career grand slam in a 15-6 victory at Duke on April 15, 2017.
- Martellini grand slam was the second for the Eagles in 2018. Sophomore Dante Baldelli hit a walk-off grand slam to beat Virginia Tech, 6-2, on March 24.
- BC is 0-6 in extra innings in 2018.
The Eagles and Irish return for game two on Saturday, April 28 at 1:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra. Notre Dame is hosting its ALS Awareness Game.