JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Boston College baseball team dropped its series finale at North Florida, 17-10, at Harmon Ballpark on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles fell to 4-5, while the Ospreys lifted their record to 3-10.
BC initially trailed 7-0, falling behind immediately with a five-run first for UNF. The Eagles got on the board with a run in the fourth and cut the deficit to one with a five-run fifth, including a grand slam from junior center fielder Barry Walsh (Sterling, Mass.).
The Ospreys answered Boston College’s rally with four runs in the bottom of the fifth and ballooned their lead to 16-6 with five more runs in the sixth.
The Eagles used 11 pitchers in a nearly four-hour contest beginning with freshman right-hander Eric Schroeder (Ridgewood, N.J.). Schroeder (0-1) failed to get out of the first inning and took the loss with five runs charged to his line on four hits and two hit batsmen in two-thirds of an inning.
Junior RHP Evan Moore (Rocky Hill, Conn.) was one of just three BC pitchers to throw a complete inning and not allow a run. He struck out two, including the first batter he faced, in his first appearance since missing the entire 2021 season due to cancer.
Justin Parrish (1-0) got the win in 2.1 innings of relief. He allowed two runs on three hits with three strikeouts. Catcher Dallen Leach homered for the second day in a row with four RBI on a 2-for-3 day.
Walsh powered the Eagle lineup with six RBI in a 2-for-4 performance. Junior second baseman Luke Gold (Ballston, N.Y.) went 3-for-5 with three runs, while sophomore first baseman Joe Vetrano (Shrub Oak, N.Y.) was 2-for-5 with three runs.
Scores: North Florida 17, Boston College 10
Records: North Florida 3-10, Boston College 4-5
Stadium: Harmon Stadium
· Gold recorded his third multi-hit game of the season, fourth of the season, and 24th of his career.
· Moore made his first appearance since March 10, 2020, after missing the 2021 season due to testicular cancer.
· Vetrano extended his season-long hit-streak to nine games with a seventh-inning single.
· Walsh hit his first career home run; the first Eagle grand slam since Cody Morissette at Eastern Kentucky (3/2/19).
· Walsh drove in a career-high six RBI; the most by an Eagle since Cameron Leary at Austin Peay (2/20/22).
The Eagles remain in Florida for a two-game midweek set at South Florida beginning Tuesday at 6 p.m. on ESPN+.