Eagles’ ace strikes out season-high nine in 5-0 win.
BRIGHTON, Mass. – Senior left-handed pitcher Dan Metzdorf (Burlington, Mass.) led the Boston College baseball team to a 5-0, series-opening win over No. 25 Duke at the Harrington Athletics Village on Friday evening. The Eagles evened their record at 22-22 overall and improved to 8-14 in the ACC behind Metzdorf’s eight shutout innings.
Metzdorf worked out of trouble in each of the first three innings as the Blue Devils (25-17, 11-11) posted an extra-base hit in each frame. Center fielder Kennie Taylor doubled in the first and tripled in the third, but was stranded in scoring position on both occasions. Metdzorf struck out the side in the first around Taylor’s one-out double.
BC got Metzdorf the only run he would need in the bottom of the third. Sophomore left fielder Chris Galland (Sudbury, Mass.) started a two-out rally with a triple to right-center and scored on a base hit to short by senior third baseman Jake Alu(Hamilton, N.J.). Alu went 3-for-4 in the game and is 11-for-14 in three games this week.
The Eagles pulled away with three runs on four hits and an error in the bottom of the seventh. Junior first baseman Jack Cunningham (South Riding, Va.)doubled and senior designated hitter Gian Martellini (Johnston, R.I.) singled to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Junior center fielder Dante Baldelli(Cumberland, R.I.) doubled and Galland singled to third to provide RBI knocks in the inning.
Score: Boston College 5, Bryant 0
Records: Boston College (22-22, 8-14), Duke (25-17, 11-11)
Location: Harrington Athletics Village (Brighton, Mass.)
Mike Gambino, Head Coach:
“Playing one of the hottest teams in the country, for Dan [Metzdorf] to do what he did against that line up right now was unbelievable.”
“Nothing fazed [Metzdorf]. He had a couple of extra-base hits early and nothing fazed him. That is what you want your ace to do.”
- Metzdorf struck out the side in the first around a one-out double.
- Galland started a two-out rally with a triple to right-center and scored on Alu’s second hit of the game; beating the shift with an infield single deep in the hole at short.
- With the tying run in scoring position, Frelick sprinted to the track and made a run-saving catch, while crashing into the wall, to end the top of the seventh.
- Cunningham doubled and Martellini singled to set the table in the bottom of the seventh. Morissette drove in one run with a sac-fly and Baldelli another with a single.
- Metzdorf finished the eighth with his second strikeout of the inning for his eighth of the game.
- Alu extended his career-best reached base streak to 16 games and hit streak to eight games; one shy of matching his career-high.
- Alu collected his 18th multi-hit game of the season and 43rd of his career.
- Cunningham hit his 11th double of the season and 20th of his career.
- Dempsey tallied his 16th multi-hit game of the season and 35th of his career.
- Galland hit his second triple of the season and fourth of his career.
- Galland, who was RBIs in each of the last three games, posted his 14th multi-hit game of the season and 31st of his career.
- Metzdorf pitched his seventh game of six-plus innings this season and sixth in a row; posting a career-high 8.1 innings.
- Metzdorf struck out a season-high nine batters.
- Morissette hit his team-leading 14th double of the season.
- BC is 7-12 against ranked opponents this season and 19-12 all-time against Duke.
- The Eagles did not walk a batter for the first time since facing Indiana (2/24/18).
Boston College hosts its 8th Annual ALS Awareness Game in honor of former team captain Pete Frates on Saturday against Duke at 2 p.m. Freshman right-hander Mason Pelio (San Diego, Calif.) gets the ball for the Eagles.