BRIGHTON, Mass. – The Boston College baseball team overcame an early eight-run deficit in a 10-9 win over Merrimack at the Harrington Athletics Village on Wednesday evening. The Eagles improved to 12-7, while the Warriors fell to 3-9.
Trailing 8-0, BC scored in each inning between the third and seventh inning; capped by a five-run seventh to take its first lead of the game. Down 9-5 at the stretch, the Eagles trimmed the deficit to one with a two-run double by sophomore third baseman Luke Gold (Ballston, N.Y.) and a RBI-double by graduate first baseman Jack Cunningham (South Riding, Va.). BC scored the tying and go-ahead runs on wild pitches for its first lead of the day.
Freshman lefty Charlie Coon (Duxbury, Mass.) steadied the ship for the Eagles’ pitching staff with three-scoreless inning from the fourth through sixth. He scattered two hits and two walks with three strikeouts. The fifth BC pitcher of the day was freshman right-hander John West (Shrewsbury, Mass.). West (1-0) struck out two and allowed two hits over 1.2-shutout innings.
Making his season debut, sophomore RHP Brian McMonagle (Moorestown, N.J.) entered with a one-run lead in the ninth to nail down his second career save. He allowed one hit and ended the game with a called strike three.
Graduate catcher Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.), a transfer from Babson, made his first start behind the dish and went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs, and a hit-by-pitch. Sophomore second baseman Vince Cimini (Scranton, Pa.) added a 2-for-4 game with a double and a walk.
Score: Boston College 10, Merrimack 9
Records: Boston College 12-7; Merrimack 3-9
Location: Harrington Athletics Village
- Harrington hit a leadoff-double and Frelick a two-out double to produce a single run in the third straight inning in the fifth.
- The Eagles trimmed the deficit to 8-5 with a RBI-double by Cimini and a push-bunt single to second by Baldelli in the sixth.
- BC scored five runs on three hits to overcome a 9-5 deficit in the seventh. Gold and Cunningham each produced RBI doubles with the final two runs coming on wild pitches
- The game marked the first-ever match-up between BC and Merrimack.
- BC overcame a deficit of eight runs or more to win for the second time this season; doing so previously at Auburn (2/28).
- Baldelli recorded his sixth multi-hit game of the season and 31st of his career.
- Cunningham matched his career-high in runs at three for the fourth time.
- Frelick hit his eighth double of the season and 18th of his career.
- Harrington hit his first double of the season and recorded his first multi-hit game as an Eagle.
Boston College’s eight-game homestand continues with a three-game series against Clemson this weekend. Game one is set for Friday at 4 p.m. on ACC Network.
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