Head Coach Pete Hughes completed his third season at the helm of the Boston College baseball program in 2001, a three-year stint that featured an unprecedented total of 90 victories and .590 winning percentage. The Hughes-led Eagles produced season win totals of 26, 35 and 29, with each season obliterating the previous victory standard of 23 established in 1991. In fact, the 2000 squad inked a 69 RPI rating, bettering the 166th ranking in 1998, one year before Hughes took over the program.
BC finished its 2001 season at 29-22-0 overall and 11-13-0 in the league, good for eighth in the fifth-ranked BIG EAST conference. The Eagles won 10 of their last 12 games, a stretch that included seven victories in nine opportunities vs. conference foes. The only two losses came against then second-ranked (Collegiate Baseball) Notre Dame May 12. Prior to the ND series, the Eagles forged a nine-game win streak, a feat not accomplished by any BC squad in modern times. Earlier in the season, BC, after posting more runs than any other Eagle squad against the Red Sox (five) March 2, won all eight of its’ spring-training games. It was the first eight-game win streak since 1977.
In 2000, Hughes received a trio of honors, named BIG EAST, New England and ABCA/Diamond Northeast Region Coach of the Year after guiding BC to a 35-20 record and its second-ever conference tournament appearance – where the Eagles finished third. The 2000 squad bettered the previous school record of 26, set in 1999 during Hughes’ inaugural season with BC.
The 2000 Eagles earned the fifth seed in the conference tournament and went 2-2 in the championships, sweeping two from then 22nd - ranked (Baseball Weekly/ESPN) Notre Dame – the only BIG EAST team to do so – and dropping a pair to eventual tournament finalists Seton Hall.
In only three years under Hughes’ tutelage, two Eagle players have received All-America honors and five members of Eagle squads have signed with major league teams, including Sean McGowan, Jeff Waldron, Steve Langone, Eric Olson and Mike Gambino. All-American Sean McGowan, who pounded the country’s second-best home run total (25) of 1999, helped the Eagles finish second nationally in batting (.354) in Hughes’ inaugural season. Second-Team All-American Steve Langone led the country with a 1.54 ERA in 2000. Eleven players have also been distinguished with year-end BIG EAST awards.
As a player, the Boston College High School graduate was a four-year standout at Davidson College and captain his senior season. Following his graduation from Davidson in 1990, Hughes played professionally for the Unique Giants of the Dutch Major League for one season. He then spent one year as the assistant baseball coach at NCAA Division III Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. before his assistant coaching appointment with Northeastern from 1991-1995 in both baseball and football.
Hughes, his wife Debby and their three sons, Thomas (4), Hal (2) and Dominic (born January 20, 2001) reside in Millis, Mass.
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