CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Boston College baseball team lost to Miami, 4-3, at Mark Light Field on Friday evening. The match-up featured stellar pitching on both sides for the second night in a row as Eagles’ junior lefty Dan Metzdorf pitched 7.2 innings.
Hurricane RHP Evan McKendry (7-6) got the win with 11 strikeouts in 6.2 innings. He allowed three runs, all unearned, on seven hits and three walks. Metzdorf (1-8) struck out six and surrendered four runs on seven hits and just two walks.
BC was on the board with a single run in both the first and second inning. Miami cut the Eagles’ lead in half on a home run from Danny Reyes. The Hurricanes turned the deficit around with a three-run, three-hit sixth inning.
Score: Miami 4, Boston College 3
Records: Boston College (17-32, 7-22 ACC), Miami (27-25, 16-13 ACC)
Location: Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field – Coral Gables, Fla.
- On the first pitch of the game, Jake Palomaki recorded his 201st career hit and his BC-record 375th time reaching base.
- Up the middle, Palomaki and Brian Dempsey combined for inning-ending 6-4-3 double plays in the first and fourth innings.
- After Palomaki moved into scoring position on an errant pick-off attempt, Dempsey drove him in with a two-out single to left-center that gave BC a first-inning lead.
- Joe Suozzi reached on a two-base error to start the second inning and was driven in from third on a squeeze bunt-single by Jake Alu, but it was the prior at-bat, a groundout by Dante Baldelli, that made the run possible.
- Miami got its first run of the inning on a leadoff home run in the second by Reyes.
- The Hurricanes rallied for three runs on three hits to tie and take the lead in the sixth. Willy Escala hit a leadoff double and scored the tying run, while Romy Gonzalez hit a go-ahead, RBI-double.
- The Eagles got two singles to put runners on the corners, down by one, in the eighth, but the Miami bullpen escaped unscathed; leaving the bases loaded.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- Palomaki picked up his 17th multi-hit game of the season and Gian Martellini added his 10th of the year.
- Palomaki and Baldelli, who swiped two bags, each pushed their season total to 19 stolen bases; tying for fourth all-time in the BC record book.
- Metzdorf pitched his sixth game of six innings or more and fifth of seven innings or more this season.
- Chris Galland’s BC season-high reached base streak came to an end at 23 games.
Game three of the series serves as the Eagles season finale. It is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday. Senior right-hander Brian Rapp gets the ball for BC. The game will be broadcast on the ACC Digital Network.