BC Baseball Storms Past Maine in Home Finale
BC Beat the Rain With a Two-Run Eighth to Defeat the Black Bears
BRIGHTON, Mass. – The fourth tie of the game was broken in the bottom of the eighth as Boston College picked up a 9-7 win over Maine at the Harrington Athletic Village on Tuesday afternoon. Tied 7-7, the Eagles loaded the bases with one out and went in front for the fourth time in the game as sophomore first baseman Jack Cunningham was hit by a pitch to force in the go-ahead run. The game entered a lightning delay at 5:04 p.m. and was ultimately called 23 minutes later; ending with BC on top and the bases full of Eagles with one gone in the bottom of the eighth.
Maine and BC each traded a single run in the first inning and later traded a pair of runs in the third. Boston College never led by more than a run until a wild pitch in the eighth made it 9-7 Eagles.
Sophomore second baseman Brian Dempsey led the BC lineup with a 4-for-4 day as he drove in two runs and added a walk in his fifth plate appearance. Junior catcher Gian Martellini was 1-for-3 with a two-run double and a sacrifice-fly.
Black Bear second baseman Danny Casals hit a pair of home runs. His two-run jack in the third gave Maine a 3-1 lead in the third. Casals later hit a solo home run to tie the game at 7-7 in the eighth.
Score: Boston College 9, Maine 7
Records: Boston College (17-30), Maine (17-30)
Location: Harrington Athletics Village in Brighton, Mass.
- Senior shortstop Jake Palomaki drew his BC-record 150th walk in the bottom of the first to tie Jason Delaney (2002-05) for the most times reach base in Eagles history at 371.
- Junior RHP John Witkowski worked three innings of middle relief with just one unearned run against him. He worked around a leadoff-single in the fourth, allowed a leadoff-single to score on a two-out error in the fifth and then overcame a two-out error to leave two runners in scoring position in the sixth.
- In the eighth, Dempsey matched his career-high with his fourth hit, all singles, of the day.
- Trailing 1-0 in the first, Palomaki stole second and reached third on an errant throw. Dempsey promptly drove him in with a two-out single over short.
- Maine turned a one-run deficit into a one-run lead in the top of the seventh on a two-run home run by Ben Terwilliger.
- In the bottom of the seventh, Dempsey singled and took second on a throw home that chased Cunningham back to third as BC had two in scoring position. Martellini then doubled in both to make it a one-run Eagles’ lead.
- The Black Bears tied it once again an inning later on Danny Casals second home run of the day.
- BC took the final lead of the day on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch to Cunningham and added a run on a wild pitch before the game was called due to lightning.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- Junior RHP Thomas Lane was the winning pitcher of record for the second game in a row. He is now 3-5 on the season.
- Palomaki stole his 18th base of the season and 59th of his career.
- Dempsey collected his 12th multi-hit game of the season, while sophomore center fielder Dante Baldelli recorded his 13th.
- The Eagles used six pitchers and combined for nine strikeouts.
- BC scored in six of eight innings, while Maine scored in five of eight.
The Eagles wrap up their season with a three-game set at Miami beginning Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m. from Coral Gables, Fla. All three games will be streamed on the ACC Digital Network.