On Sunday afternoon, the Boston College Eagles looked to their freshman, Mason Pelio to give them a series win. As was the case on Saturday afternoon, one bad inning cost BC that opportunity. Georgia Tech put up a four-spot in the third, then rode the very good pitching of starter, Brant Hurter who went seven shutout innings. The Yellow Jackets came to Boston and won the series by taking the rubber game 7-0 as the second half of the conference season gets underway.
The third inning was where this game was won by Georgia Tech (24-12, 11-7 ) and lost for BC (18-19, 7-11). Once again, the visitor would bat around vs Pelio. The difference was it was his wildness as opposed to getting hit around that got him into trouble. Three walks, two hit batters, one passed ball, one balk, and one hit, would be the extent of the Yellow Jackets offense. However, it would be good enough to plate four runs and give Georgia Tech a lead they would not surrender. On the other side, Hurter was able to stay away from trouble. Boston College did have one really good chance to get on the board and get a lead. It came in the second inning when the Eagles loaded the bases on two walks and a base hit. Number nine hitter, Chris Galland, stepped to the plate with a chance to put the home team ahead. But Hurter was up to the challenge, getting Galland to ground out to shortstop to end the thread.
From there, Hurter (2-2) was in cruise control. He would finish his outing by retiring twelve of the last thirteen Eagles hitters he faced. His line of seven innings, two hits, no runs, three walks, and nine strikeouts says all you need to know about his outing. At times, Pelio did struggle, but as his head coach Mike Gambino said after the game ‘he still gave us a chance to win the ball game”. Now 4-2, Pelio’s line of five innings, three hits, four earned runs, is not bad. But what was his undoing was the five walks, and two hit batters (he now has hit eleven on the season) and the balk.
Georgia Tech did add on runs against the Eagles bullpen with two in the sixth, and one more in the seventh off of Matt Gill. That made for the final of 7-0 Yellow Jackets. Coach Gambino talked about Pelio start by saying that out of thirteen starts in a season, “maybe three or four of them you may not have your best stuff and today was one of those for Mason”. Shortstop Luke Waddell had a good afternoon at the plate for Georgia Tech with a two-for-four day, one run scored, and one driven in.
Boston College gets right back at it playing in the consolation game of the Beanpot Tourney on Wednesday afternoon at Fenway Park vs Northeastern. Then, they head out on the road to take on another team in the top 25, #6 North Carolina Tar Heels.