CLEMSON, S.C. – The Boston College baseball team lost its ACC opener at No. 23 Clemson, 4-3, in front of an announced crowd of 4,057 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Eagles dropped to 5-7 overall and 0-1 in the ACC, while the Tigers improved to 10-3 and 1-0.
Clemson broke up a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth as three straight batters reached with one away. Shortstop James Parker picked up his second single of the night and after appearing to have been picked off heading for second, wound up on third as the throw from first to second went into left field. After a walk, Parker scored the go-ahead run on a single hit into shallow left field by catcher Adam Hackenberg, who also drove in a run in the sixth.
Despite seven combined errors, the game was a pitcher’s duel between BC sophomore right-hander Mason Pelio (San Diego, Calif.) and CU lefty Sam Weatherly. Pelio outlasted Weatherly, pitching through six innings, while Weatherly left with two down in the top of the sixth. However, a two-run lead for the Eagles was erased in Pelio’s final inning of work with three Tiger singles and a sacrifice fly.
Pelio finished his six innings with three runs allowed, two earned, on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Weatherly struck out 10 as he allowed three runs, one earned, on three hits and four walks in 5.2 innings.
Redshirt-junior lefty Joey Walsh (Plymouth, Mass.) took the loss despite two strong innings of relief. Walsh (0-2) allowed one unearned run on two hits and a walk with a strikeout. Right-hander Carson Spiers (2-0) picked up the win in 1.1-perfect innings.
Score: No. 23 Clemson 4, Boston College 3
Records: Boston College 5-7, 0-1; Clemson 10-3, 1-0
Location: Doug Kingsmore Stadium (Clemson, S.C.)
- The Eagles took the lead immediately in the top of the first on a RBI-double to right-center by Cody Morissette.
- BC regained the lead in the third on a RBI-double into right by Joe Suozzi.
- The Eagles trail the all-time series vs. the Tigers, 10-34, and are 5-17 all-time at Clemson.
- BC is 0-4 against ranked opponents this season.
- BC is 4-5 when scoring first and 4-3 when scoring in the first inning.
- BC is 4-11 in ACC openers and 2-8 under head coach Mike Gambino. The Eagles have faced a ranked opponent in 14 of 15 conference openers.
- Sal Frelick had his career-best 11-game hit streak and 19-game reached base streak snapped.
- Morissette hit his fourth double of the season and 24th of his career.
- Pelio threw his second game of six innings or more this season and eighth of his career.
- Suozzi collected his fourth double of the season and 17th of his career.
Game two between Boston College and Clemson is set for 3 p.m. Saturday and will be broadcast on ACCNX. Sophomore right-hander Joe Mancini (Fairfield, Conn.) gets the ball for the Eagles.
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