This was the final day of the Atlantic Coast Conference season for both Boston College (29-26, 12-18) and Notre Dame (24-28, 13-17) before both head to Durham, N.C. for the league championships that start on Tuesday morning. The Irish left B.C. with their offense in better shape thanks to an offensive explosion on Saturday afternoon. Six extra-base hits, including two two-run home runs, help the Irish to a season-ending victory over the Eagles 11-5.
The Irish also got good starting pitching from Cameron Brown who, with the win, is now 4-6 (6 IP, five hits, five runs, only three earned). Notre Dame scored in seven of the nine innings they batted. They got production from most of their lineup. Seven of the nine hitters got base hits, most notably Seth Myers with a three hits day, Niko Kavadas a two-hit, three RBI day, including a two-run home run to right, his 12th of the season. The homer went over the batting cages in right off of Eagles starter Joe Mancini who took the loss (3-6). That homer got the scoring started for the Irish in the first inning. They would also get a two-run home run from Daniel Jung, number five on the year, in the fourth. That made it a seven to one game. The HR was part of a three-hit, four RBI day for Jung. In all, six Irish hitters had a multiple hit game.
Eagles pitcher struggled all game long. Nine walks and fifteen hits were given up and did not help the cause. But the pitching is set for the week ahead in Durham, which was what is important this weekend. Their first-round opponent is still to be determined, but it appears that Boston College will open play in the league championship on Tuesday.
This was also senior day for the Eagles as nine players will be leaving the program when the season finally comes to an end. Head Coach Mike Gambino talked after the game about what they have meant to this program now and going forward. Their committed to what the Eagles are attempting is something not lost on the coach. As he said, ” when they came here, there was no ballpark to speak of. They have been to the post-season in three of the four years here. With one super-regional to their credit. And with the next phase of the new ballpark about set to begin, their impact on this program will continue to be seen and felt.”
Cody Morissette was the main offensive performer on Saturday for Boston College going three-for-five with two runs batted in (two singles and a double on the day). In his final game at home for the Eagles, senior catcher Gian Martellini had a two-hit day with a run scored.
Now it’s off to Durham and the ACC baseball championship. And who knows, with a good run down there Boston College’s season could be extended with a trip to the NCAA Baseball tournament.
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