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Birdball Opens ACC Championship Tuesday vs. Clemson

POOL PLAY PITCHING MATCH-UPS

Tuesday, 11 a.m. (NESN+/ACCNE): RHP-Mason Pelio (4-3, 3.82) vs. RHP-Travis Marr (2-0, 6.48)
Wednesday, 11 a.m. (NESN+/ACCNE): LHP-Dan Metzdorf (7-2, 2.58) vs. TBA

BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES

Record: 29-26 (12-18 ACC)
Coach: Mike Gambino
Career Record/Years: 206-274/9
Rank: NR  RPI: 63

CLEMSON TIGERS

Record: 33-23 (15-15 ACC)
Coach: Monte Lee
Career Record/Years: 442-425-2/11
Rank: NR  RPI: 37

LOUISVILLE CARDINALS

Record: 43-13 (21-9 ACC)
Coach: Dan McDonnell
Career Record/Years: 598-233-2/13
Rank: 7USA/CBN/9D1B/10BA  RPI: 7

The Boston College baseball team is heading to its third ACC Championship in the last four year; the first time reaching that feat in the team’s 14 seasons in the conference. The 12-seed Eagles open the week against 8-seed Clemson at 11 a.m. on Tuesday from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. BC rounds out play in Pool A on Wednesday against top-seeded Louisville at 11 a.m. All ACC Championship games will air locally on NESN+ and will be streamed on ACC Network Extra.

ABOUT THE EAGLES

BC clinched the final spot in the tournament field with a convincing, 10-1 win over Notre Dame (5/16) and went on to take the series and enter the postseason at 29-26 overall and 12-18 in the ACC. Senior third baseman Jake Alu is the Eagles top hitter in the lineup at .351 with 51 runs scored; the 10th most all-time in a single season at Boston College. He has added 17 doubles and 10 stolen bases. Freshman second baseman Cody Morissette is a .321 hitter while leading the Eagles in RBI at 38 and doubles at 20. Senior catcher Gian Martellini, who hit .340 against ACC opponents, is hitting .301. He has slugged 14 career home runs and driven in 105 RBI in his career. Senior lefty Dan Metzdorf turned in a 7-2 record in the regular season. His earned run average stands at 2.58 after allowing just one run in his last three starts. Freshman right-hander Mason Pelio is 4-3 with a 3.82 ERA while holding opponents to a .197 average.

THREE POSTSEASONS IN FOUR YEARS

The Eagles’ senior class is the first to reach the ACC postseason three times in a career and only the second class in program history to reach three postseasons in four years. The class of 2005 previously played in three Big East tournaments.

HOW THEY GOT HERE

For the second time in three years, BC’s postseason fate was settled on the final weekend of the season against Notre Dame. Needing one win, the Eagles took the opener. Throughout the season, BC won three ACC series (at FSU, at VT, vs. ND) and claimed a game in six of the other seven series.

ALL-ACC BIRDS

The Eagles matched their program record with four players receiving All-ACC accolades. Senior Dan Metzdorf became the fourth BC player to earn First Team and first since 2014. Freshmen Sal Frelick and Cody Morissette were voted to the Second Team and senior Jake Alu made the Third Team. The Eagles previously had four players voted All-ACC in 2009. A total of 11 players had previously been All-ACC in Boston College’s first 13 years in the league. Frelick, Morissette, and pitcher Mason Pelio were named to the All-Freshman Team.

BC IN THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP

This year marks Boston College’s fifth trip to the ACC Championship in 14 years in the league. The Eagles made the conference tournament back-to-back years in 2009 and 2010 and again in 2016 and 2017. BC is 3-6 all-time in the tournament.

CODY TWO-BAGS

Freshman second baseman Cody Morissette doubled twice vs. Notre Dame (5/18) for his second two-double game of the season as he pushed his total to 20. While tying for second and one off the lead in the ACC, he passed Tony Sanchez (2009 MLB No. 4 pick) and tied Eric Campbell (2008 MLB 8th round pick) for the seventh most doubles in a season at BC.

ALU DOES IS HIT

Senior third baseman Jake Alu has bounced back from hitting .216 as a junior to hit a team-best .351 entering the ACC tournament. His 78 hits are second in the ACC and are tied with his head coach Mike Gambino (2000) and Anthony Melchionda (2010) for sixth most in a season at BC. As a sophomore, Alu hit .331 (55-for-166) and through April 24 this season had hit an identical .331 (55-for-166).

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