Jan. 21, 2004
The Boston College baseball team was chosen to finish second in the BIG EAST, according to an announcement made by Baseball America, Jan. 21. The Eagles, who also ranked 38th in the same magazine's preseason poll, were picked to be one of two squads to represent the BIG EAST (picked seventh in the conference power ranking) at the 2004 NCAA Tournament.
Junior Chris Lambert (Manchester, Mass.), who looks "To lead Boston College into the College World Series," (Baseball America) earned recognition in several individual categories. He was named the conference's Preseason Pitcher of the Year and top prospect. In addition to a spot on Baseball America's all-conference team, the preseason Second Team All-American also was voted the conference hurler who possesses the Best Fastball and the Best Breaking Ball. In 2003, Lambert posted an 8-2 record for a 2.71 earned run average in 79.1 innings of work.
For the second consecutive year, Baseball America named Drew Locke (Weymouth, Mass.) to the preseason all-conference team and as the league's Best Pure Hitter. Locke did not disappoint last year, hitting .354 as a sophomore in 2003 with 20 extra-base hits for a .540 slugging percentage.
Kevin Shepard (Andover, Mass.) landed among the league's top-10 prospects, rounding out the list at 10th. In 2003, Shepard pitched to the country's 38th-best ERA of 2.44 in 70.0 innings.
Last season's Eagle squad finished with the program's second-highest win total (33-21). BC returns seven of eight positional starters and all but one starting pitcher, a staff of hurlers which featured the nation's 23rd-lowest ERA (3.66) in 2003.