Baseball Opening Day Game Notes
Feb. 8, 2001
This Weekend's Games
Boston College travels to Boca Raton, Fla. to play a pair of games against both no. 19 Oklahoma State (3-0-0) and host Florida Atlantic (3-3-0). The Eagles greet the Cowboys at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, followed by a 7 p.m. show with FAU. Oklahoma State meets BC for their second and final contest on Saturday at 2 p.m. before the Eagles play their last game of the weekend Sunday Feb. 11 at noon against the Blue Wave.
Florida Atlantic edged the visiting Eagles, 1-0, in last year's March 11th mound duel. Steve Langone's 13-strikeout performance was only upstaged by two great defensive plays and a stellar FAU pitching effort. Tommy Murphy drove in Gabe Somarriba, who was hit by a pitch, to support Dan Jackson and Nick Mattioni's combined shutout effort.
The most notable game between BC and Oklahoma State came on June 17, 1960, in the College World Series. The cowboys advanced with a 1-0 victory after Eagle catcher Nick Vertullo dropped the ball on what would have been a force out at home plate.
Pete Hughes is in his third season as the Eagles' head coach. He enters Friday's doubleheader with a 61-41-1 record at the Heights. His career record stands at 113-71-1. The 33-year-old skipper earned his 100th career coaching victory with a two-game sweep of Vermont on April 12, 2000. The triple-crowned coach took home three awards last year, named 2000 BIG EAST, New England and ABCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year.
Oklahoma State Games Heard Live
Live radio broadcast via the web is available on Oklahoma State's web page (www.okstate.com).
Please Take Note:
* The Eagles set a school record for wins in a season (35) in 2000, bettering the previous record of 26 set in 1999 during Coach Hughes' inaugural campaign.
* Boston College finished 69th in the final 2000 RPIs, 97 places better than two years ago. The Eagles were 79th in 1999.
* The NCAA picked the BIG EAST Conference eighth in strength while Baseball America listed the conference fifth among the nation's strongest.
* In the NCAA's final 2000 stats, BC ranked among the country's best in four team categories: double plays (6th), pitching (35th), batting (16th) and slugging percentage (29th).
* Then-senior Steve Langone led the country with a 1.54 ERA last season while Andy Sullivan finished 21st on that list (2.53).
* Last season marked BC's second-ever appearance in the BIG EAST tournament, where they finished third (fifth in the regular season).
* Four Eagle players took home five distinguished conference awards with the country's best two-way player, Steve Langone, earning first team honors as a utility player and second team pitching awards. Joe Kealty and Mike Gambino were also bestowed with first team accolades. Neal McCarthy was named to the conference's second team.
Three Boston College baseball athletes received preseason honors from Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America.
* Preseason All-BIG EAST selection, Jeff Mackor, earned Collegiate Baseball BIG EAST top player to watch. He was also voted a top prospect and catcher with the best arm in Baseball America.
* Captain Mike Hubbard was named BIG EAST top player to watch and selected the best defensive BIG EAST shortstop in Baseball America.
* Jarett Mendoza was also tabbed a Collegiate Baseball BIG EAST top player to watch.
BC welcomes one of the strongest recruiting classes ever to the Heights. First-time pitching Eagles include the 2000 Massachusetts Division III player of the year, Matt O'Donnell, and 1998 Maine Gatorade player of the year, James Dawson, a transfer from Clemson. Talented pitcher Mike Gauthier of Salem also looks to add depth to the pitching staff. Infielder Ryan Leahy joins the Eagles after one year of experience at the University of San Francisco. Second baseman Josh DiScipio of Christian Brothers Academy, was the runner-up in the Connie Mack World Series where he won a golden glove. Outfielder Eric Wright, infielder Joe McCabe and catcher Andy Shea will also bolster the 2001 Eagles.
At the top
Three graduated Eagles ranked in the tops of the nation in 2000. Steve Langone led the nation with a 1.54 ERA while Andy Sullivan placed 21st on that list (2..53). Mike Gambino was listed among the nation's toughest-to-strike out, finishing 21st with one strikeout per every 17.8 at bats.
At last bat
Eagle batters came through in the final offensive frame eight times in 2000:
- Mike Quirk hit a game-winning, two-run home run with two outs in the ninth inning to give BC a 4-3 win over Notre Dame in the BIG EAST Championships' first round.
- In the sixth, Steve Langone and Joe Kealty drove in the tying and winning run, respectively, as BC swept the two-game series with a 2-1 victory over St. John's on April 20.
- Brian Durkin keyed two victories over Villanova. The sophomore hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh, snapping a 3-3 tie and lifting BC to a 5-3 win in game one on April 1. BC trailed 5-4 entering the ninth, but then rallied for four runs in its final at bat against the Wildcats in game two. Jarett Mendoza had a two-run double, and Durkin posted a two-run single that gave BC the 8-7 win. McCarthy hit a two-out RBI triple in the top of the ninth of game three, pacing a 7-6 BC triumph.
- Earlier in the season, Mendoza powered a game-ending single to score Mike Hubbard, allowing BC to win 3-2 over Buffalo on March 4 in Fort Myers, Fla. On that same trip, the Eagles added the deciding run in the eighth against Mount St. Mary's to double its lead and hold MSM to one run in the top of the ninth. BC went on to win, 2-1.
BIG EAST brilliance
In 2000 conference action, BC swept three teams (Villanova, St. John's and Georgetown). The Eagles' sweep of Villanova on April 1-2 was their first three-game victory over a conference team since they took three from Connecticut in 1995. BC won an unprecedented doubleheader over St. John's on April 20 , its first series win against the Red Storm since April 22-23, 1989. At the end of April, the Eagles swept Georgetown in a three-game series. In the second game of that series, Boston College recorded six home runs.
2000 PLAYERS NOTES
1 - Matt Elfeldt (So, P)
Allowed 10 runs on 15 hits in 16.2 innings of work for a 5.40 ERA ... Tied a career-high 5 K's in a game twice (Buffalo, Rhode Island).
2 - Mark Sullivan (Jr, P)
Finished fourth on the staff in innings pitched (46.1) ... Was second in appearances (14) ... Finished the season at 3-0 with one save ... Threw a career-high 10 strikeouts on March 8 vs. Mount St. Mary's.
3 - Ryan Leahy (So, IF)
Started 19 of the 41 games that he played as a freshman at the University of San Francisco ... Was 25-for-85 (.294) for eight runs batted in with an on-base percentage of .406.
4 - Matthew Duffey (So, P/IF)
Saw playing time as both a pitcher and infielder ... Registered a 4.97 ERA , surrendering only 13 hits (two for extra bases) while striking out 12 ... Posted saves in back-to-back performances against Vermont on April 12 and Harvard on April 13.
5 - Josh DiScipio (Fr, 2B)
Received all-state honors at Christian Brothers Academy and two gold medals in the Empire State Games ... Was runner-up in the Connie Mack World Series where he was awarded a Golden Glove.
6 - Neal McCarthy (Jr, OF)
Hit 52-for-169 (.308) with 30 RBIs, named to the BIG EAST second team. Finished ninth in the BIG EAST conference in stolen bases for all games (16, first on the BC squad.)
7 - Chris Rosado (Sr, C/U)
Batted 31-for-69 (.449) in 31 games with 18 starts ... Went 4-for-5 vs. Holy Cross on April 18 ... Hit a home run against the Red Sox in 2000.
9 - Joe Kealty (Sr, 1B)
Batted .326 (57-for-175) with nine doubles and five home runs for 34 RBIs(tied for first on team) ... Named to the BIG EAST First Team as a first baseman. Hit .365 in conference play with 19 RBIs ... Went 6-for-15 (.400) at the BIG EAST Tournament.
10 - Brian Durkin (Jr, OF/3B)
Started 17 of 35 games played ... Was 30-for-78 with 16 runs batted in ... Keyed two BC victories over Villanova.
11 - Matt O'Donnell (Fr, P]
Named Massachusetts Division III Player of the Year after leading Ashland High School to the state championship in 2000.
12 - Jed Rogers (Sr, P]
Went 2-1 in 10 appearances for the Eagles ... Allowed six earned runs on 15 hits in 18.2 innings of work and struck out 15 batters. Earned both of his wins (Brown, Albany) five days apart.
15 - Mike Hubbard (Sr, SS)
Cog in the BC's double play trio that finished sixth in the country in double plays per game (1.24) ... Batted .263 (49-for-186) for 25 runs ... Batted .417 at the BIG EAST tourney with a pair of doubles, a triple and four runs scored.
16 - Jarett Mendoza (Sr, OF)
Batted .330 in 54 games ... Had four-hit efforts in the first and last games of the year ... Finished sixth in the BIG EAST with four triples and eighth in slugging percentage (.585) for all games played.
18 - Jeff Mackor (Jr, C)
Selected to the All-BIG EAST preseason team ... Had a .307 batting average ... Enjoyed 10 multiple-hit games and seven games with multiple RBIs ... Threw out 38 of 63 (60%) would-be basestealers.
21 - Paul Knapic (Jr, P)
Went 2-2 for a 5.32 ERA ... Posted wins against Brown University on April 6 and Harvard on April 13 ... Struck out a career-high nine batters at HU.
22 - Brian Macchi (Jr, OF/3B)
Started three games in 17 appearances ... Was 13-for-29 with 12 runs batted in ... Went 2-for-2 with a grand slam, two-run home run and sacrifice fly for seven RBIs vs. Georgetown on April 29.
23 - Matt Lederhos (So, P/OF)
Earned his mound win at Stonehill College where he threw 60 pitches in 5.0 innings, 41 of those pitches went for strikes.
28 - James Dawson (Fr, P) Redshirted his freshman year at Clemson University ... Named Maine Gatorade player of the year in 1998.
33 - Erik Olson (Sr, P) Earned a 2-2 record, surrendered only 41 hits and 21 earned runs in 42.0 innings for a 4.50 ERA ... Helped combine for the 16-0 shutout of Monmouth on March 11.
36 - Chris Gannon (Sr, P) Pitched 20.0 innings for a 2-0 record ... Allowed 11 runs, 10 earned for a 4.50 ERA ... Earned victories over University of Vermont on April 12 and Holy Cross College on April 18.