Eagles fall to former Big East foe, 3-1
STORRS, Conn. – The Boston College baseball team was edged out by Connecticut, 3-1, at J.O. Christian Field on Wednesday afternoon. The Eagles’ record evened out at 12-12, while the Huskies improved to 15-8 on the season.
UConn put two runs on the board in the bottom of the first on two extra-base hits and a sacrifice fly off of BC’s freshman right-hander Joe Mancini (Fairfield, Conn.). The Eagles answered in the top of the second with two singles and an error that scored junior first baseman Jack Cunningham (South Riding, Va.).
Mancini remained in the game to pitch the second and had a three-up, three-down shutdown inning, but BC would get no closer than one run. The Huskies plated a two-out run in the fourth against junior RHP Matt Gill (Simsbury, Conn.) to double their lead.
UConn righty Colby Dunlop (3-2) and the Huskies’ bullpen combined to put the Eagles down in order in the fifth through seventh innings; benefitting from a double play that erased a Cunningham leadoff single in the fifth.
RHP Jacob Wallace finished off the game with a perfect ninth, including two strikeouts, for his seventh save of the season. Dunlop got the win in five innings with one unearned run, scored on his owned failed pickoff attempt, on six hits and no walks with one strikeout.
Mancini (2-3) took the loss with two runs scored on two hits and no walks with two strikeouts in two innings.
Score: Connecticut 3, Boston College 1
Records: Connecticut (15-8), Boston College (12-12)
Location: J.O. Christian Field (Storrs, Conn.)
- Sal Frelick saved a two-run home run by going up the fence in center field and bringing a ball back in the bottom of the first inning.
- Frelick showed off his arm in the bottom of the sixth as he was unable to track down a fly ball while crashing into the fence, but recovered a through a rope to nab the runner at third and end the inning.
- BC made its final appearance at UConn’s J.O. Christian Field and first since a 7-4 win in 2013.
- Cunningham notched his seventh multi-hit game of the season and 18th of his career.
- Travis Lane made his fifth relief appearances of five outs or more.
- Thomas Lane made his team-leading 14th relief appearance of the season.
- Frelick had a 10-game on-base streak snapped; falling one game shy of matching his season-best.
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