Baseball Splits Doubleheader Against West Virginia
May 15, 1999
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Boston College senior Jeff Waldron hit a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead the Eagles in a 5-4 come-from-behind win against West Virginia in the second game of an afternoon doubleheader.
West Virginia defeated Boston College 2-1 in the first game of the doubleheader. BC senior Sean McGowan, celebrating his 22nd birthday, set the school's career hit record with a first-inning single. It was his 206th career hit.
In the first game, the Mountaineers were led by junior Tim Neumark who went 2-for-3 with one RBI and scored the game-winning run. His seventh inning suicide squeeze broke a scoreless deadlock.
BC junior Joe Kealty went 1-for-2 and scored BC's lone run. Senior Paul Bibbo hurled a complete game, scattering four hits, to suffer his second loss of the season.
West Virginia senior Lewis Ross allowed four hits in 6.1 innings to earn the win. Freshman Billy Biggs closed the game and earned his fourth save of the season.
In the second game, West Virginia took a three-run lead with one run in the first and two runs in the third. BC closed the gap to one run with a two-run double by Kealty in the fourth inning.
BC tied the game at 3-3 in the eighth inning when McGowan hit his 25th home run of the spring. Both McGowan and senior Mike Gambino went 2-for-4.
After WVU regained the lead with one run in the top of the ninth, Waldron's heroics ended the game. The catcher went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and one runs scored.
BC junior Stephen Langone pitched the ninth inning and earned his seventh win. Junior Andy Sullivan started the game and allowed nine hits in eight innings. WVU's Billy Biggs was saddled with the loss.
Boston College (25-21-1, 9-15-1 BIG EAST) and West Virginia (29-25, 12-12 BIG EAST) will complete their three-game series in both teams' regular-season finale on Sunday, May 16. Game time is noon at BC's Commander Shea Field.