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Baseball Battles the Red Sox for the 23rd Time in Fort Myers

Junior John Hennessy crossing the plate in 2012.

Junior John Hennessy crossing the plate in 2012.

Feb. 20, 2013

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Fort Myers, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team will play the Red Sox in a seven-inning, exhibition game at Jet Blue Park at Fenway South for the 23rd time on Thursday afternoon. The game is the second of a doubleheader as Northeastern will face the Major Leaguers at 1:35 p.m. and the Eagles will play 40 minutes after the conclusion.

The teams have met for the past 20 years and also played in 1916 and 1933. The Eagles had their best chances to win in 1999 and 2002, when they lost by just one run. Last year, BC lost, 6-3, to the Sox in front of 8,038 fans at the newly opened at Fenway South. Current junior Tom Bourdon and Rob Moir both went 2-for-2 and Andrew Lawrence tallied two RBIs against the Major League pitching staff. Current junior Steve Green started the game and went two innings. He allowed two hits, four runs, three earned, four hits, five walks and struck out two. Sophomore John Gorman pitched two innings of relief. He allowed four hits, two runs and struck one out. Classmate Nick Poore also went two innings. He did not give up a run and struck out three.

Graduate student left-hander Nate Bayuk will start for the Eagles. Koji Uehara will take the mound for the Sox.

After the annual exhibition game, the Eagles will travel to Greensville, N.C., for the 10th Annual Keith LeClair Classic. They will play Ohio and host East Carolina on Saturday and Illinois on Sunday.

BC-Red Sox Connections: Boston Herald columnist Steve Buckley deemed the annual meeting with the Red Sox the "Gambino Invitational," because BC head coach Mike Gambino has played and coached for both sides in the game. After playing for Eagles from 1997-2000, he played two seasons in the Red Sox minor league system, playing in the exhibition game against his former collegiate team. In 2002, he headed to the Lowell Spinners for a coaching role just prior to the June draft, where he coached on the Sox side. As a three-year assistant coach to former BC skipper Pete Hughes and in his third year at the helm of the current Eagles' program, Gambino will have coached the Maroon and Gold six times.

Former BC pitcher Terry Doyle (2005-08) will pitch against the Eagles in the exhibition game on the Red Sox pitching staff. Doyle is second in BC record books with 258 career strikeouts and fifth with 18 career wins.

Two-way Eagle Steve Langone (1997-2000) is currently the advanced scouting coordinator for the Red Sox. While at BC, he set the career wins (24), career complete games (22), single-season ERA (1.54) records, which still stand today. He is also fifth in the record books for career batting average (.356), third in both slugging percentage (.616) and home runs (30).

Joe MacDonald '11 was the baseball team's manager Gambino's first year at the Heights. He has gone on to work for the Red Sox and is currently an analytics intern.

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