Eagles Fall to No. 8 Louisville, 4-0
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Boston College baseball team was shut out by No. 8 Louisville at Jim Patterson Stadium on Friday night in its ACC opener. The Eagles dropped to 7-5 overall, while the Cardinals improved to 10-3.
Leadoff-walks issued to Louisville in the first and sixth innings were the difference early. The Cardinals got to BC senior lefty Dan Metzdorf (Burlington, Mass.) with a seeing-eye single through the left side with two away off the bat of right fielder Danny Oriente to plate leadoff batter and second baseman, Lucas Dunn.
Metzdorf, who last pitched at Jackson State (2/15) on opening day, went 4.2 innings with 83 pitches. He settled in after the first and retired 11 in a row after a leadoff walk in the second. A pair of two outs walks ended Metzdorf’s (1-1) night in the fifth as his line closed with one run on two hits and four walks with five strikeouts.
Lefty Reid Detmers (3-0) pitched 7.2 innings of shutout ball with three hits and 13 strikeouts. Detmers did not issue a walk and retired 18 in a row between a single by junior Brian Dempsey (Potomac, Md.) in the first and a single by junior first baseman Jack Cunningham (South Riding, Va.) in the seventh.
Senior RHP Thomas Lane (Georgetown, Mass.), who stranded two inherited runners in the fifth, allowed a leadoff walk in the sixth and after two outs a double to right-center by center fielder Drew Campbell doubled the Cardinals’ lead to 2-0. Two wild pitches ensued, allowing Campbell to score.
Score: Louisville 4, Boston College 0
Records: Boston College (7-5), Louisville (10-3)
Location: Jim Patterson Stadium (Louisville, Ky.)
· Metzdorf sat down the order for the second inning in a row in the fourth and needed just six pitches to do so.
· A stretch of 11 batters retired in a row by Metzdorf ended with a two-out walk in the fifth.
· Thomas Lane made his team-leading eighth relief appearance of the season.
· In the top of the seventh, Jack Cunningham hit a two-out single to break up a stretch of 18 Eagles retired in a row.
· BC is 0-1 when the opponent scores first and 1-3 when the opponent scores in the first inning.
· Louisville leads the all-time series with BC, 10-3, and is a perfect 7-0 at home.
· Eagle pitchers struck out a season-high 11 batters and held the Cardinals to a season-low four hits.
· BC is 4-10 all-time in its ACC opener.
Game two between Boston College and Louisville has been moved up to a 10 a.m. first pitch due to inclement weather in Saturday afternoon’s forecast. Junior RHP Matt Gill (Simsbury, Conn.) will toe the rubber for the Eagles.
Louisville 4, Boston College 0 (Mar 08, 2019 at Louisville, Ky.)
Boston College…… 000 000 000 – 0 3 3 (7-5, 0-1 ACC)
Louisville………. 100 002 10X – 4 4 0 (10-3, 1-0 ACC)
Pitchers: Boston College – Dan Metzdorf; Thomas Lane(5); Joey Walsh(7); Sean Hughes(8) and Gian Martellini. Louisville – Detmers; McAvene(8) and Davis.
Win-Detmers(3-0) Loss-Dan Metzdorf(1-1) T-2:49 A-523
Weather: 43 degrees, overcast