Tuesday, 4 p.m.: LHP-Joey Walsh (3-6, 7.29) vs. RHP-Jacob Small (0-2, 10.06)
BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES
Record: 26-25 (10-17 ACC)
Coach: Mike Gambino
Career Record/Years: 203-273/9
Rank: NR RPI: 59
MAINE BLACK BEARS
Record: 14-29 (10-10 AE)
Coach: Nick Derba
Career Record/Years: 59-92/3
Rank: NR RPI: 193
The final week of the regular season for the Boston College baseball team begins against Maine on Tuesday, May 14 at 4 p.m. to kick off a four-game homestand from the Harrington Athletics Village.
ABOUT THE EAGLES
Boston College won a road series at Virginia Tech earlier this month before taking a week off for finals. The Eagles are 26-25 overall and 10-17 in the ACC. Senior third baseman Jake Alu is tied for the league lead in hits at 73 as a .354 hitter. He has scored a team-high 43 runs with 15 doubles, which ranks second on the team. Freshman second baseman Cody Morissetteleads the team with 18 doubles, while hitting .327 with 34 RBI. Junior shortstop Brian Dempsey is a .306 hitter with 34 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Senior Gian Martellini, who splits his time between catcher and designated hitter, has seen his average climb to .298 while hitting .439 over the last 14 games.
SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS
Maine is 14-29 on the season and 10-10 in the America East. The Black Bears, who have the 18th toughest non-conference strength of schedule in the country, took one of three games at Hartford this past weekend. First baseman Joe Bramanti is Maine’s top hitter at .299 with 11 doubles and 28 RBI. Right fielder Hernen Sardinas has slugged nine home runs and 12 doubles while batting .282. DH Danny Casals has stolen 11 bases and hit .279 with a team-high 35 runs scored.
ALL-TIME VS. MAINE
The Black Bears lead the all-time series, 15-9. The Eagles have one each of the last three match-ups, averaging 10.0 runs per game, in the last four years.
LAST TIME THEY MET
BC scored twice in the bottom of the eighth before heavy rains came in and washed out the ninth inning; resulting in a 9-7 win for the Eagles in the 2018 home finale. Brian Dempsey went 2-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Eagles’ lineup. Danny Casali homered and drove in three runs in a 3-for-4 performance for Maine.
RACE TOWARD THE RECORD BOOK
Senior RHP Thomas Lane became BC’s single-season record-holder for pitching appearances in a season at Virginia Tech (5/6) in his 33rd game; passing Nate Bayuk, who set the record of 32 in 2009. Freshman outfielder Sal Frelick is tied for the Eagles’ record in the ACC era for on-base percentage at .447 with Jake Palomaki (2015). Junior shortstop Brian Dempsey is one sacrifice-fly away from tying Ryan Leahy (2004) for the single-season record at seven. At VT (5/4), senior LHP Dan Metzdorfcracked the top-10 all-time at BC in innings pitched (ninth – 223.2) and strikeouts (10th – 180). He is 4.1 innings behind Jacob Stevens (2016-18) for eighth and one strikeout behind Mark Sullivan (1999-02) for ninth.
The Eagles seek a spot in the ACC tournament as Notre Dame comes to Brighton for the regular season finale. The series begins Thursday, May 16 for a 7 p.m. first pitch. The weekend continues with games Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at noon. The entire series will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.
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