BRIGHTON, Mass. – The Boston College baseball team claimed the 31st Baseball Beanpot Championship with a 14-10 win over Massachusetts at the Harrington Athletics Village on Tuesday evening. The win marked the Eagles’ 14th Beanpot Championship since the tournament’s inception in 1990.
Boston College (15-18), playing as the visitor on its home field, scored in the top of the first and each turn at bat between the third and eighth innings. UMass (14-10-1) used a six-run third to build a 7-2 lead before the Eagles chipped away and ultimately took the lead for good in the seventh.
BC tied the game 8-8 in the sixth on a two-out, two-run single through the right side by graduate left fielder Rafe Chaumette (Sugar Land, Texas). An inning later, freshman shortstop Sam McNulty (Cambridge, Mass.) earned first base on a leadoff-hit-by-pitch and scored the go-ahead run from third on a wild pitch.
The Eagles pulled away with a four-run eighth, including RBI knocks from junior second baseman Luke Gold (Ballston, N.Y.) and sophomore first baseman Joe Vetrano (Shrub Oak, N.Y.). For the game, Gold hit his sixth home run of the season and drove in three runs on a 2-for-4 day, while Vetrano went 3-for-5 with three RBI.
UMass right-hander Max LeBlanc went the deepest of the two starters being lifted with one out and the bases loaded in the fourth. In his 3.1 innings, LeBlanc allowed four runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts. For BC, freshman RHP Luke DeLongchamp (Holden, Mass.) got through three full innings, exiting after the Minutemen scored six in the third. In total, he surrendered seven runs, six earned, on eight hits and a walk with one strikeout.
The second of seven Eagle relievers was junior RHP Max Gieg (Lynn, Mass.). Gieg (2-1) got the win in a hitless-sixth; walking one and striking out another. Righty Cole Koeppel (0-1) took the loss with two runs against a hit and two walks in one inning of work.
Scores: Boston College 14, Massachusetts 10
Records: Boston College 15-18, Massachusetts 14-10-1
Stadium: Harrington Athletics Village
· Honeyman doubled to lead off the game and scored on a two-out single by Vetrano.
· Trailing 7-2, BC responded to a six-run bottom of the third with two runs after loading the bases in the top of the fourth.
· The Eagles loaded the bases again in the fifth and plated a pair of runs to cut the deficit to 7-6.
· UMass le 8-6 entering the sixth, but BC tied the game on a two-out, two-run single by Chaumette.
· The Eagles scored twice for the fourth straight inning to take the lead in the seventh with McNulty reaching on a leadoff-hit-by-pitch and scoring the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
· BC evened the all-time series with UMass, 21-21; leading 8-6 in the Beanpot.
· BC is 41-18-1 all-time in the Beanpot with 13 championships.
· BC won after trailing by five runs or more since erasing an eight-run deficit to Merrimack (3/24/21).
· Gold hit his sixth home run of the season and 16th of his career.
· Honeyman made his first start since March 27 vs. Louisville.
· Honeyman started the game with his seventh double of the season.
· Vetrano drove in his team-leading 42nd and 43rd RBI of the year.
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