Alu puts BC ahead with ninth-inning RBI-double
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. – The Boston College baseball team edged Rhode Island for a 2-1 win at Bill Beck Field on Tuesday afternoon. The Eagles improved to 23-24 on the season, while the Rams fell to 18-23.
The game was tied heading to the ninth and junior center fielder Dante Baldelli(Cumberland, R.I.) reached on a one-out error. He raced home with the go-ahead run on a double into the left-field corner off the bat of senior third baseman Jake Alu (Hamilton, N.J.) a batter later.
Freshman right-hander Joe Mancini (Fairfield, Conn.) went a season-high seven innings in the start for BC. He allowed one run in the third and kept URI off the board the rest of the way; leaving the game with the score tied 1-1.
Boston College rallied for a run in the top of the seventh to get Mancini off the hook and had a chance to give him a lead in the eighth. Sophomore left fielder Chris Galland (Sudbury, Mass.) singled and scored the tying run in the seventh on a double to left by freshman designated hitter Lucas Stalman (Bedford Hills, N.Y.).
In the eighth, BC loaded the bases with only one out after senior catcher Gian Martellini (Johnston, R.I.) singled sharply through the left side. The Rams then retired the next two Eagles in order to strand the bases loaded.
Mancini’s day finished after seven innings of one-run ball on three hits and no walks with four strikeouts. Senior RHP Thomas Lane (Georgetown, Mass.) got the win with a scoreless-eighth to improve to 3-1 on the year. Junior RHP Matt Gill (Simsbury, Conn.) worked around a one-out walk in the ninth to pick up his team-leading third save of the season.
Score: Boston College 2, Rhode Island 1
Records: Boston College (23-24), Rhode Island (18-23)
Location: Bill Beck Field (South Kingstown, R.I.)
- After Suozzi was robbed of a leadoff-single up the middle in the seventh, Galland singled to left. Stalman then drove him in with the tying run on a double into the left-field corner.
- Baldelli reached on a one-out error in the top of the ninth and scored the go-ahead run on a double to left by Alu.
- Alu hit his 14th double of the season and 32nd of his career.
- Brian Dempsey tallied his 17th multi-hit game of the season and 36th of his career. BC is 10-6 when Dempsey posts two or more hits in a game.
- Galland posted his 16th multi-hit game of the season and 33rd of his career.
- Head coach Mike Gambino won his 200th career game to move his record to 200-272 over nine seasons.
- Mancini pitched a season-high seven innings. His previous high was a 5.2-inning start vs. Evansville (3/1/19) in Richmond, Ky.
- Mancini’s start was the 15th of the season of six or more innings from a BC pitcher.
- Martellini singled to lift his hit streak to a season-high 10 games.
- Martellini recorded his 14th multi-hit game of the season and 44th of his career.
- Cody Morissette picked up his 17th multi-hit game of the season.
- Morissette doubled twice in a game for the first time in his career to push his team-leading total to 16.
- BC had a stretch of 17 consecutive innings without a run snapped when Galland scored the tying run in the seventh.
- BC is 6-5 against New England opponents this season and has won five in a row against regional rivals.
- BC snapped a 0-for-26 slump with a runner in scoring position as Martellini singled with two on to load the bases with one out in the eighth, but the Eagles failed to score.
Boston College visits Virginia Tech for a three-game ACC weekend beginning Saturday, May 4. The series finale will be played Monday, May 6 at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.