Feb. 22, 2001
This Weekend's Games
Boston College (0-4) travels to Williamsburg, Va for three games against host William and Mary (7-2) this weekend. The teams open upon Friday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. and play single games on both Saturday and Sunday with each contest beginning at 1 p.m.
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Boston College dropped its first four games of the season for the first time since 1987 when that Eagle squad went 0-8. The 2001 squad's most recent loss came at the hands of perennial NCAA participant, Florida Atlantic, in a 9-5 decision, Feb. 11. FAU's 9-1 lead dwindled in the ninth inning, when three Eagles recorded singles and Mike Hubbard added a sacrifice fly to tally the final score. Newcomers Josh DiScipio and Eric Wright each stroked their first collegiate hits in that frame.
Pete Hughes is in his third season as the Eagles' head coach. He enters Friday's game with a 61-45-1 record at the Heights. His career record stands at 113-75-1. 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 Division 1Coach of the Year.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE
* Joe Kealty and Brian Macchi have each notched a pair of hits in the last two games. Kealty has a three-game hit streak.
*Southpaw Chris Gannon allowed only two hits and no runs in 5.0 innings of work in the season-opener, a 7-3 loss to Oklahoma State. Erik Olson was the second Eagle to surrender no earned runs in his 3.0 inning appearance vs. FAU, Feb. 9.
* 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.
* Last season marked BC's second-ever appearance in the BIG EAST tournament, where they finished third (fifth in the regular season).
Tops in the BIG EAST
Despite its 0-4 record, BC players have climbed into the top of the BIG EAST Conference leaders in several categories. Paul Knapic has thrown more strikeouts (9) than all of his league peers while teammates Mike Hubbard and Brian Macchi top all conference players with four runs scored each. Hubbard also ranks second in walks (4). Joe Kealty, Brian Durkin and Macchi are listed third with five hits on the season. In his debut on Feb. 9, Chris Gannon left his opponents guessing at the plate as the senior left-hander allowed a .125 opponent batting average in 5.0 innings, good enough for fourth in the loop. His 0.00 ERA also ranks among the conference's best.
Freshmen Eric Wright and Josh DiScipio earned their first collegiate hits in the Eagles' four-run, ninth inning against FAU, Feb. 11. Wright's single to left field with two men on, plated Kealty. Wright and DiScipio are both hitting .500, in the pinch-hit role. In his first collegiate start, sophomore Scott Lemone penned his first single - a shot to left center - as a collegian on Feb. 11.
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 red-shirt freshman 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.
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. In fact, Boston College ranked among the country's best in four team categories: double plays (6th), pitching (35th), batting (16th) and slugging percentage (29th).
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.
- In BC's 9-8 win over Seton Hall on April 15, Eric Olson singled in Neal McCarthy, who led off the 11th inning with a double, for the decisive run.
- 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.
2001 PLAYERS NOTES
1 - Matt Elfeldt (So, P)
Registered the 7-2 loss to Florida Atlantic in his only appearance of the season ... Struck out three and walked two in 5.0 innings.
2 - Mark Sullivan (Jr, P)
Posted a loss in the Eagles first game of the season, a 7-3 decision to Oklahoma State ... gave up six runs on four hits in 3.0 innings.
3 - Ryan Leahy (So, IF)
Batting .273 with three hits and three runs scored ... enjoys the starters' second-best on-base percentage of .385 ... Went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI in the Eagles' 14-8 loss to Oklahoma State.
4 - Matthew Duffey (So, P/IF)
Earned a walk as a pinch-hitter vs. OSU, Feb. 10 and allowed one earned run on three hits in 1.0 inning of relief against FAU, Feb. 11.
5 - Josh DiScipio (Fr, 2B)
Hitting .500 ... Earned his first collegiate hit to lead off the ninth inning in BC's four-run, ninth inning against FAU.
6 - Neal McCarthy (Jr, OF)
Has not played in 2001 ...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)
The switch hitter has two hits and a pair of RBIs to match this season.
9 - Joe Kealty (Sr, 1B)
Hitting .294 ... Notched a pair of hits in the past two games (OSU, FAU) ... Leads the team in RBIs (3) and stolen bases (2) ...Has a three-game hit streak.
10 - Brian Durkin (Jr, OF/3B)
Currently batting .333 - best of all starting players - with a .400 slugging percentage ... went 2-for-3 in the 9-5 loss to Florida Atlantic.
11 - Matt O'Donnell (Fr, P]
Has not played in 2001 ... Named Massachusetts Division III Player of the Year after leading Ashland High School to the state championship in 2000.
12 - Jed Rogers (Sr, P]
Made an appearance in the 14-8 loss to Oklahoma State ... allowed three earned runs on five hits in 3.0 innings.
15 - Mike Hubbard (Sr, SS)
Leads the team with a .389 on-base percentage ... Collected four walks ... Went 3-for-4 in BC's 7-3 loss to OSU with an RBI and run scored.
16 - Jarett Mendoza (Sr, OF)
Hitting .200 ... had a sacrifice fly and double in the Eagles' 14-8 loss to OSU.
18 - Jeff Mackor (Jr, C)
Has thrown out four runners in four games from the catcher position.
21 - Paul Knapic (Jr, P)
Pitched four hitless innings of baseball in his first appearance of the year, FAU on Feb. 11 ... Recorded the loss after tying a career-high nine strikeouts in 4.2 innings ... His nine K's tops all BIG EAST pitchers through Feb. 19.
22 - Brian Macchi (Jr, OF/3B)
Hit a two-run home run to cut the Cowboys lead to two in the second inning of the 14-8 loss ... Currently batting .313 with a pair of RBIs ... Had two hits in the past two games.
23 - Matt Lederhos (So, P/OF)
Started the third game of his collegiate career, gave up six runs in 5.0 innings for the loss to Oklahoma State, Feb. 10.
24 - Eric Wright (Fr, OF)
Added a pinch-hit, RBI single - his first collegiate hit - in BC's last game against FAU ... batting .500.
25 - Scott Lemone (So, C/DH)
Batting .250 ... Went 1-for-2 against FAU Feb. 11, his first collegiate start when he earned his first hit as a collegian.
28 - James Dawson (Fr, P)
Allowed three runs on one hit in 3.0 innings vs. Oklahoma State, Feb. 10.
29 - Scott Foley (Jr, IF)
In two pinch-hit appearances, is 0-for-1 ... Was issued a walk in the Eagles 9-5 loss to FAU.
33 - Erik Olson (Sr, P)
Owns a 0.00 ERA ... allowed three hits in 3.0 innings with two strikeouts Feb. 9 vs. FAU.
36 - Chris Gannon (Sr, P)
Allowed only two hits in 5.0 innings with five strikeouts in the Eagles season-opener vs. Oklahoma State.