March 24, 1999
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Boston College baseball team traveled to Tempe, Arizona to play a four-game series with the 15th ranked Arizona State Sun Devils on March 19-21. The Eagles opened the series with a heart-breaking, 6-5 loss on March 19. It was the closest Boston College would come to the powerful Sun Devils.
The Eagles opened the series with a hard-fought, 6-5, loss. After yielding five runs in the first inning, junior Stephen Langone shut down the Sun Devils -- holding them to one run in the next six innings. Sophomore Chris Gannon pitched one scoreless inning of relief. BC scored two runs in the fifth inning and three more runs in the fourth inning to close the gap to one run. Senior first baseman Sean McGowan went 1-for-4, hitting his seventh home run of the season, and had three RBIs. Jeff Waldron went 2-for-4, with one double. Joe Kealty went 3 for 4 with one RBI and one stolen base.
The second game of the series -- first game of a Saturday doubleheader -- got out of hand early when the Sun Devils scored 12 runs in the second inning. The final score was 27-2 and the Eagles were outhit, 21-6 . Eric Olson was the only highlight for the Eagles. The third baseman went 2-for-3, with both runs scored. Junior Mike Quirk went 1-for-3 while making five putouts in right field.
The second game of the doubleheader was more of the same, as the Eagles trailed 10-0 after one inning. The 15th ranked Sun Devils ran up the score on the Eagles as the won another lopsided victory. The Sun Devils won this game 21 to 2. The Eagles stroked 11 hits but could not score until the top of the ninth. Sophomore Joe Kealty and junior Mike Quirk both had two doubles. Freshman Brian Macchi went 2-for-2 with one RBIs.
The Eagles led for the first time in the series when they scored the game's first run in the top of the second. ASU tied the game in the bottom half of the inning before the resilient Eagles scored again to take a 2-1 lead after 2 1/2 innings. The Sun Devils took the lead for good with five runs in the bottom of the inning, finished the series with a 21-6 win. Senior Sean McGowan went 2-for-5 with one home run -- his eighth in 12 games, and his second of the series -- and had two RBIs. Sophomore short stop Mike Hubbard went 2 for 2 with one RBIs. Sophomore Joe Kealty went 1-for-5 with a stolen base and one run scored.