Jan. 18, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Seniors Anthony Melchionda and Kyle Prohovich and junior Rob Moir were selected as the captains of the 2012 Boston College baseball team, voted by their teammates, head coach Mike Gambino announced.
"I really like what the leadership of this team has done so far this year," Gambino said. "We talk a lot about how we want all our guys to learn to be leaders and consider themselves leaders. I think, as a club, we've done a great job so far.
For these three to be named captains by their teammates says a lot about their leadership qualities, as well as the respect they have earned from their teammates. All three really care not just about themselves getting better, but also doing whatever they can each day to help their teammates get better and reach their potential. All three have a work ethic on the field and in the classroom that the rest of the team feeds off. I feel great heading into a season with these three leading our club."
Melchionda, who will play shortstop for the Eagles this season, led the 2011 team in hits (55), doubles (17), triples (3), total bases (81) and RBIs (34) and was second with a .304 batting average. The Braintree, Mass., native will be starting his third season in the infield, as he played third base as a junior and sophomore.
Prohovich is the Eagles' go-to guy out of the bullpen, appearing in 24 games last season. He was second on the team with a 3.46 ERA and three wins. He also made nine starts. The Weston, Mass., product was third on the team in appearances and strikeouts (34) and allowed 15 earned runs on 34 hits in 39.0 innings of work.
Moir, who hails from Seymour, Conn., appeared in 21 games as a sophomore. He had three hits on the year, including a pinch-hit, three-run home run at Wake Forest. As a redshirt freshman, he appeared in 21 games with six starts, batting .235. Gambino predicts Moir could see a lot of time at first base in 2011.
The Eagles open the season in Conway, S.C., at the Caravelle Resort Tournament hosted by Coastal Carolina. They will face Virginia on Feb. 17 at noon at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field.