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Eagles Win the Day at No. 8 Cardinals

BC baseball picks up first-ever road win vs. Louisville.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Boston College baseball defeated No. 8 Louisville, 6-1, at Jim Patterson Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals (11-4, 2-1), finished off an 11-4 victory earlier in the morning to conclude Saturday’s game that was suspended due to lightning. The Eagles finished their spring break trip with a 4-4 record and return home at 8-6 overall and 1-2 in the ACC.

Freshman right-handed pitcher Mason Pelio (San Diego, Calif.) was brilliant through a 7.2-inning start, the longest of his young career. Pelio (2-0) faced just one over the minimum through six as he picked off two runners in the inning. His day finished having allowed one unearned run on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts.

BC carried its momentum from the final innings of the series’ second game by plating two runs in the top of the first. Freshman right fielder Sal Frelick(Lexington, Mass.) got things going with a solo home run to right. Junior first baseman Jack Cunningham (South Riding, Va.) started a two-out rally with a base hit and scored on a double to right-center by freshman second baseman Cody Morissette (Exeter, N.H.).

Senior right-hander John Witkowski (Melrose, Mass.) relieved Pelio in the eighth with two runners on and two out. The Cardinals rallied for three runs against Witkowski in the ninth, but he was credited with his second save of the season as he got a groundball to second on a batter representing the potential tying run.

Game two of the series started on Saturday and concluded Sunday morning. The game was suspended due to lightning with the Eagles trailing the Cardinals, 10-0, in the bottom of the sixth inning.

BC’s bat came out strong when play resumed on Sunday as freshman third baseman Lucas Stalman (Bedford Hills, N.Y.) got the lineup going with a triple to the track in right-center. Junior Jacob Yish (Byfield, Mass.) came through with a pinch-hit, RBI-single and junior shortstop Brian Dempsey (Potomac, Md.) followed with a RBI-double.

In the ninth, Cunningham smashed a two-run home run to put the game at its final score, 11-4.

On Saturday, junior RHP Matt Gill (Simsbury, Conn.) allowed seven runs, five earned, on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 4.1 innings after keeping the Cards off the board through the first three innings. Lefty Nick Bennett (3-0) threw five-shutout innings; getting around four hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Senior lefty Zach Stromberg (Lafayette, Calif.) pitched the rest of the way for BC when play resumed on Sunday. He allowed one run on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 2.2 innings.

DETAILS
Scores: Louisville 11, Boston College 4; Boston College 6, Louisville 4
Records: Boston College (8-6), Louisville (11-4)
Location: Jim Patterson Stadium (Louisville, Ky.)
Attendance: 669

BC HIGHLIGHTS

  • Frelick got the Eagles on the board immediately with a solo home run to right in the first.
  • BC added a two-out rally in the first with a Jack Cunningham single and a RBI-double by Cody Morissette.
  • A wild pitch brings in one run and Dempsey follows with a RBI-single to plate a second in the fifth.
  • After a string of 12 in a row retired by Pelio is broken up in the sixth, he picks off back-to-back runners to end the inning.
  • With Cardinals on the corners in the seventh, Pelio got a 4-6-3 double-play behind him to end the frame.

GAME NOTES

  • Sunday’s win marked the first over a ranked opponent since March 16, 2018, at No. 21 Virginia.
  • The win was BC’s first on the road at Louisville in nine tries.
  • Dempsey recorded his fifth multi-hit game of the season and 24th of his career.
  • Dempsey posted a career-high two doubles to push his career total to eight.
  • Stalman hit his first career triple.
  • Cunningham hit his second home run of the season and picked up his third multi-RBI game of the season and ninth of his career.
  • BC is 2-1 when scoring in the first inning and 6-1 when scoring first.
  • Frelick hit his team-leading third home run of the season.
  • Morissette notched his sixth multi-hit and fourth three-hit game of the season.
  • Pelio pitched a career-high 7.2 innings; his second start of seven-plus and the fourth start of seven-plus by a BC pitcher this season.
  • Alu hit his second home run of the season and fourth of his career.
  • Alu’s home run was the 11th of the season for the Eagles in 14 games. BC hit its 11th home run of 2018 in game 24.
  • Witkowski recorded his second save of the season and fifth of his career.

UP NEXT
Boston College returns to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for a midweek game at Holy Cross on Tuesday, March 12 at 3 p.m. Due to weather concerns, the game time and location are subject to change. Check BCEagles.com for updates Monday and Tuesday.

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