BRIGHTON, Mass. – The Boston College baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Clemson by scores of 9-3 and 7-2. The Eagles fell to 12-10 overall and 3-9 in the ACC, while the Tigers improved to 12-9 and 6-6.
In game one, the Tigers posted six runs in the top of the 10th inning after BC came from behind with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to force extras. Clemson scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded, pinch-hit single by Alex Urban and put the game away with a bases-clearing double by first baseman Caden Grice.
Junior right-handed pitcher Emmet Sheehan (Darien, Conn.) kept the opener close with 6.2 innings of work. He allowed three runs on seven hits, including four for extra bases, and one walk with seven strikeouts. Sheehan retired the first two batters of the seventh inning before a two-out triple started a Tiger rally that sent BC to the bullpen.
Lefty Keyshawn Askew matched Sheehan’s 6.2-inning effort. He scattered nine hits, all singles, and struck out eight to no walks while surrendering just two runs. After lefty Geoffrey Gilbert blew the save in the eighth, right-hander Nick Clayton (3-0) came on and tossed 2.1-scoreless with one hit, one walk, and two strikeouts to come out on the long end of the decision.
Taking the loss for the Eagles was freshman lefty Charlie Coon (Duxbury, Mass.). Coon (1-1) struck out six batters in shutout eighth and ninth innings, but was lifted after 2.1 innings of work and was charged with the first two runs of the 10th.
Shortstop James Parker went 3-for-5 for the Tigers with a solo home run. Sophomore second baseman Vince Cimini (Scranton, Pa.) led the BC lineup with a 3-for-5 game and a double; the Eagles’ lone extra-base hit.
Graduate right-hander Alex Stiegler (Dallas, Texas) started the game for Boston College and ran into a hard-luck first inning. Clemson claimed an immediate edge on three infield-singles and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch. The Tigers scored in each of the first four innings, taking a 5-0 lead, as Stiegler was charged with five runs on eight hits and a walk with four strikeouts.
Right-hander Nick Hoffman (3-0) made his first start of the season and needed just 111 pitches to toss a complete game. He allowed two runs, both in the seventh, on six hits and struck out seven to no walks.
Score: Clemson 9-7, Boston College 3-2
Records: Clemson 12-9, 6-6 ACC; Boston College 12-10, 3-9 ACC
Location: Harrington Athletics Village
- Dempsey singled three times to push his career total to 203, which put him in sole possession of 10th all-time at BC; ahead of Tony Sanchez (2007-09) and Jake Palomaki (2015-18).
- Dempsey recorded his 10th multi-hit game of the season and 55th of his career.
- Sheehan pitched six-plus innings for the fifth time in six starts this season.
Boston College returns to the road this week beginning Tuesday, March 30 at Connecticut.