BRIGHTON, Mass. – The Boston College baseball team overcame an early, three-run deficit to defeat Rhode Island, 6-4, at the Harrington Athletics Village on Wednesday in the earliest home game played in program history. The BC Eagles improved to 6-1, while the Rams dropped to 2-5.
Trailing 3-0 before getting a turn at bat, BC responded with two runs in the bottom of the first and took the lead with two more in the second. A leadoff-walk to senior left fielder Chris Galland (Sudbury, Mass.) followed by a junior center fielder Sal Frelick (Lexington, Mass.) double put two runners in scoring position and both came around to home.
An inning later, sophomore catcher Parker Landwehr (Baltimore, Md.) drew a leadoff-walk, and graduate right fielder Dante Baldelli (Cumberland, R.I.) doubled. Each runner scored on an infield-single by Frelick with Baldelli crossing the plate on a throwing error on the play.
Frelick finished the day 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI. Baldelli doubled twice in a 2-for-4 effort with two runs.
Freshman lefty Joe Vetrano (Shrub Oak, N.Y.) started on the mound and surrendered three runs on three singles and two walks. Freshman right-hander Joey Ryan (Norwood, Mass.) threw the second and third innings; earning the win in two-shutout frames. Ryan (2-0) allowed two hits and did not walk a batter.
For URI, Jake Walker pitched the first inning and was pulled without an out in the second as he gave up three runs on three hits and two walks. Lefty Broc French (0-1) suffered the loss with one run against on four hits with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings of work.
Score: Boston College 6, Rhode Island 4
Records: Boston College 6-1; Rhode Island 2-5
Location: Harrington Athletics Village (Brighton, Mass.)
- The Eagles took their first lead of the day on a two-run, infield-single by Frelick. He was credited with the game-tying RBI on Landwehr’s run, while Baldelli scored on an errant throw to first in a late attempt to get Frelick.
- Gold hit an RBI-double in the fifth to score Dempsey.
- Baldelli’s second double led to a run driven in by Frelick on a sacrifice-fly.
- Wednesday was the earliest home game played in BC history; a week ahead of the previous record set last year on March 10 vs. Holy Cross.
- Boston College leads the all-time series with URI, 43-25-1, and has won two in a row.
- BC played its first-ever home game as a ranked team. The Eagles are 1-3 all-time when ranked.
- Baldelli doubled twice for the first time in his career.
- Frelick posted his fifth multi-hit game of the season and 26th of his career as well as his third multi-RBI game of the season and 11th of his career.
- Gold hit his ninth career double in just his 21st game as an Eagle.
- Morissette tallied his second multi-hit game of the season, first since the season opener, and 31st of his career.
Due to Wake Forest’s program being paused following its most recent Covid test results, Boston College steps out of the ACC to face Auburn out of the SEC beginning Friday, March 5.