LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The No. 9 Boston College baseball team lost back-to-back games for the first time this season with a 9-8 decision against No. 17 Louisville at Jim Patterson Stadium on Friday night. The Eagles dropped to 21-8 overall and 8-6 in the ACC, while the Cardinals improved to 23-7 and 6-5.
BC jumped out to an 8-0 lead before Louisville rattled off nine unanswered runs between the second and fifth inning. The Cardinals got three in the second and five in the third against graduate right-hander Chris Flynn (Naugatuck, Conn.). An error in the fifth allowed the game-winning run to score.
Flynn was tagged for eight runs, all earned, on six hits and four walks. The Eagles chased Louisville lefty Greg Farone in the second inning after he gave up four runs on two hits and four walks.
Boston College homered twice as it built its early lead beginning with a three-run shot by junior first baseman Joe Vetrano (Shrub Oak, N.Y.) in the first. Sophomore third baseman Nick Wang (Newton, Mass.) capped a five-run second with a two-run home run.
The Cardinals’ third reliever of the day was lefty Riley Phillips (4-0). He got the win with four-shutout innings and just one hit and one walk allowed with five strikeouts. Sophomore RHP Julian Tonghini (New Canaan, Conn.) got the loss for the Eagles. Tonghini (1-1) turned in three innings with one run, unearned, on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
The BC lineup managed just one hit after Wang’s home run as junior second baseman Patrick Roche (Milton, Mass.) singled to complete a 2-for-3 game.
Score: No. 17 Louisville 9, No. 9 Boston College 8
Records: Louisville 23-7, 6-5; Boston College 21-8, 8-6 ACC
Stadium: Jim Patterson Stadium
· Vetrano put BC in front with a three-run home run in the top of the first.
· The Eagles scored five runs in the second, including an RBI single from Roche and a two-run, two-out home run by Wang.
· Honeyman’s career-best reached-base streak moved to 15 games.
· Roche extended his career-best hit-streak to 10 games and reached-base streak to 18 games.
· Roche recorded his ninth multi-hit game of the season and 14th of his career.
· Vetrano hit his eighth home run of the season and 21st of his career.
· Vetrano recorded his eighth multi-RBI game of the season and 22nd of his career.
· Wang hit his fifth home run of the season.
The Eagles look to salvage the series on Saturday at Noon ET with junior RHP John West (Shrewsbury, Mass.) on the mound.
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