As October comes to an end, so does fall baseball for many programs across the country. One of those schools that has ended fall baseball is the Boston College Eagles. For BC, fall ball was an important process to go through. That’s because a new coach will be roaming the dugout when the 2024 season gets underway. Todd Interdonato ran his first fall workouts as the head man at Boston College. He comes to the heights, after a successful run at Wofford College where he guided the team to Southern Conference regular season championships in 2021 and 2023.
He takes over an Eagles program that went to the NCAA Tournament last spring and had players taken in last summer’s MLB draft. Over the fall, Interdonato has gotten to know his players, which is an important step as he prepares the Eagles for their first season under his leadership. The team had two scrimmages, on the road at St. John’s and at home vs Brown. While the results are not important, some individual ones could be. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Behind the plate, the Eagles lost Peter Burns who signed a free-agent deal with the L.A. Angels. One player who could take his place is Beck Miller. He comes to BC through the portal after spending one year at Yale, where he hit .245 with one HR and 17 RBI. Behind the plate, Miller had a .973 fielding percentage. He threw out nine of 37 runners trying to steal. Against the Red Storm, Miller went deep for the team’s first home run of the fall. The catcher’s position could be wide open. Miller has a shot at being the guy come opening day.
Third baseman Nick Wang started 55 of the 57 games that BC played last spring and finished with a .233 batting average with 11 home runs and 43 RBi. He had 12 doubles to go along with the long balls. He was tied for second on the team with 40 runs scored, total bases with 96, and at-bats with 210. His home run and RBI totals also were tied for second on the team. At the hot corner, he had a .967 fielding percentage with five errors in 150 chances. Had two hits, both doubles, and 1 RBI in both scrimmages.
Vinnie Cimini also played in 55 of the 57 games and hit .277 with one HR, 17 RBI, and four doubles. He posted a .373 OBP. He was fourth in BA, hits with 56, and had a .966 fielding percentage on defense with seven errors in 204 chances. He helped turn 31 double plays last spring. In the two games, Cimini had a couple of hits in five at-bats.
Cam Caraher a graduate transfer from Southern New Hampshire is an OF He hit .337 for the Penmen with 14 HR and 50 RBI. He grounded into only two double plays in 193 At-bats. With Travis Honeywell now in the Cardinals system, Caraher will get a shot at taking his position in the outfield.
On the mound, the Eagles show off some new and returning arms. One of those new arms is a transfer from Holy Cross named Tyler Mudd, a LHP who did not have a role in the Crusaders rotation. He threw 5.2 IP, gave up 10 hits, 13 runs, and 12 earned, He finished with an 0-2 record with a 19.06 ERA. In two innings of work vs Brown, he allowed one hit and struck out three.
Sean Hard, a junior RHP, made one start for BC last spring. He threw 10.1 innings, with no record and a 9.58 ERA. 15 hits allowed, 11 earned runs, 16 strikeouts, and 12 walks allowed. He never went more than two innings in any appearances. He has worked three innings this fall, struck out five, and gave up zero hits.
Eric Schroeder made 24 appearances with three of them being starts. He finished with a 6-4 record, 62 innings pitched with 43 strikeouts and only 17 walks. Opposing hitters had a .280 average against him. 78 hits allowed, and 42 earned runs. He has a 5.85 ERA for the spring and went one inning vs Brown and struck out two hitters.
Evan Moore earned a win in three appearances last spring as he threw only 3.2 innings with one strikeout. He allowed four hits and five earned runs and had a 12.27 ERA. He threw two innings of no-hit baseball with five strikeouts vs Brown.
These are just some of the baseball players who will be counted on to help the Eagles in the oh-so-rugged ACC.
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