BRIGHTON, Mass. – The Boston College baseball team won its home opener, 10-7, over Holy Cross at the Harrington Athletics Village on Tuesday night. The Eagles snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 6-9 on the season, while the Crusaders dropped to 5-10.
BC built a 5-1 lead after two innings, but Holy Cross battled back with two runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth to tie it before the Eagles pulled away with a three-run bottom of the sixth.
Senior first baseman Jack Cunningham (South Riding, Va.) drew a bases-loaded walk to put BC back in front in the sixth. Freshman second baseman Luke Gold (Ballston, N.Y.) immediately pushed the Boston College lead to 8-5 with a two-run double past third base.
The Eagles used five pitches; the first four coming from the BC freshman class. Right-hander Evan Moore (Rocky Hill, Conn.) went 2.2 innings in the start and struck out four while scattering five hits and allowing one run. Lefty Daniel Baruch (Cranston, R.I.) got his first collegiate win with two innings pitched. Baruch (1-0) surrendered two unearned runs and struck out a pair. Sophomore lefty Ryan Smith (Tarrytown, N.Y.) got his first career save; entering with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth.
Cunningham powered the BC lineup with a 3-for-4, three-RBI night. Gold tacked on three RBI, while senior left fielder Joe Suozzi (Glen Cove, N.Y.) drove in two runs with a triple in the second.
Score: Boston College 10, Holy Cross 7
Records: Boston College 6-9; Holy Cross 5-10
Location: Harrington Athletics Village (Brighton, Mass.)
- Morissette started a two-out rally with a base hit, advanced on a wild pitch and scored the game-tying run in the first on a Cunningham single.
- Morissette put BC ahead with a bases-loaded, RBI-groundout in the second. Suozzi then hit a two-run triple and Cunningham added another RBI-single.
- Cunningham drew a bases-loaded walk on a 3-2 pitch to put BC back in front in the sixth and Gold followed with a two-run double to make it 8-5.
- Dempsey added to the Eagles’ lead with a two-out, RBI-double ripped into the left-field corner.
- The Eagles lead the all-time series against Holy Cross, 35-34-1 and are 23-28-1 at home.
- Tuesday marked the earliest home game in BC history; besting last year’s March 12 game vs. Holy Cross.
- Cunningham recorded his team-leading ninth multi-hit game of the season and 35th of his career.
- Cunningham matched a season-high with his second three-RBI game of the season and ninth of his career with three or more.
- Morissette’s first-inning single marked his 100th career hit. He became the fastest in BC history to reach 100 doing so in 73 games. The previous record was 81 games by Tony Sanchez set in 2008.
- Suozzi hit his team-leading third triple of the season and fifth of his career.
Boston College hits the road to visit No. 11 North Carolina State beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m.