BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Boston College baseball team led wire-to-wire in a series-opening 7-3 victory over No. 13 Virginia Tech at English Field on Thursday afternoon. The win snapped a four-game slide for the Eagles, who improved to 13-11 overall and 4-9 in the ACC, while the Hokies dropped to 13-9 and 9-7.
BC jumped out to a 6-0 lead with a run in the first, three in the second, and two in the third. Staked to the early lead, junior right-handed pitcher Mason Pelio (San Diego, Calif.) turned in his longest outing of the season at 6.2 innings. Pelio (3-3) allowed three runs on eight hits, including two solo home runs, and two walks with five strikeouts.
Lefty starter Peyton Alford (1-2) struck out five in just two innings of work, but walked six and allowed four hits, yielding six runs. Out of the bullpen, lefty Ryan Okuda supplied Virginia Tech with 6.2 innings of one-run relief with nine strikeouts to one walk, which occurred over 100 pitches into his outing.
The BC lineup was led by a 3-for-4 day out of the nine-hole by graduate right fielder Dante Baldelli (Cumberland, R.I.). Junior catcher Peter Burns (Reading, Mass.), who went 2-for-5 and threw out two runners, added a home run, his second of the season, and sophomore designated hitter Luke Gold (Ballston, N.Y.) notched his 10th multi-RBI game of the season.
Graduate lefty Joey Walsh (Plymouth, Mass.) finished the game for the Eagles with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. He allowed three hits and two walks, but struck out three; stranding five runners on base.
Score: Boston College 7, No. 13 Virginia Tech 3
Records: Boston College 13-11, 4-9; Virginia Tech 13-9, 9-7
Location: English Field
- Dempsey drew a leadoff walk in the first, advanced on a balk, and scored on an errant throw to third as he stole the bag.
- Morissette drove in a run with a double into shallow left and Gold added a two-run single for a three-run second.
- Burns hammered a solo home run to right to push the BC lead to 7-2 in the fifth.
- Pelio’s outing ended with a 1-6-3 double play on a comebacker.
- Virginia Tech leads the all-time series, 26-23.
- Baldelli notched his seventh multi-hit game of the season and 32nd of his career.
- Burns hit his second home run of the season and fourth of his career.
- Cunningham hit his seventh double of the season and 31st of his career.
- Gold snapped a streak of four-straight games without an RBI with his 10th multi-RBI game of the season and 15th of his career.
- Morissette hit his third double of the season and 29th of his career.
Game two has been pushed back to a 3 p.m. start on Friday afternoon. Junior right-hander Emmet Sheehan (Darien, Conn.) goes to the hill for Boston College.