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Feb. 28, 2001

10th Meeting BC plays the BostonRed Sox Friday, March 2 in Fort Myers. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Beginning in 1993, the Eagles have played an exhibition game against the Red Sox annually as part of their spring training trip to Florida. The two teams' previous meetings were in 1916 and 1933, both games held in Boston. The game can be heard on tape delay following the Boston Celtics game on 850 AM WEEI.

2000 Bragging Rights

In last year's duel, senior pitcher Andy Sullivan started on the mound for the collegians, striking out two (Jose Offerman, Mike Stanley) of the four batters he faced. Andy's brother, Mark, also added a pair of strikeouts in his 1.0 inning stint on the hill. Other Eagle highlights included a solo home run by Chris Rosado and two-hit efforts by Mike Gambino and Mike Quirk.

Brian Durkin's double drove in Neal McCarthy to give BC the 1-0 lead in the first. In the third, the BoSox staged a comeback, scoring two runs with two outs off the eventual losing pitcher, Erik Olson.

The hosts tacked on two more runs in the fourth, before a four-run, sixth inning extended the Sox lead to 6-1. Aaron Sabo's double and Chris Rosado's home run trimmed the advantage to three before the major-leaguers drove in two more runs in the bottom half of that inning to account for the final 8-3 tally.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE

* Junior Paul Knapic and senior Chris Gannon have kept their opponents guessing, limiting foes to .143 and .167 batting averages, respectively.

* 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. The Eagles were picked to finish 5th in the preseason coaches poll.

* Last season marked BC's second-ever appearance in the BIG EAST tournament, where they finished third (fifth in the regular season).

BC's Last Time Out The Eagles (1-5) split a doubleheader with host William and Mary (8-3) Saturday Feb. 24. BC shutout the Tribe 2-0 in the first game then succumbed to a 5-2 loss in the second contest of the twinbill.

Junior Paul Knapic recorded his first win of the year, surrendering only three hits in 8.0 innings, pacing BC to the 2-0 blanking. The junior right-hander struck out seven batters before yielding to sophomore reliever Matt Elfeldt in the ninth, who earned his first save. Ryan Leahy pushed across the only run that BC would need in the third inning. BC's insurance run came in the eighth inning when Chris Rosado, who led off with a double, scored on a Tribe miscue. Rosado went 2-for-3 in that game.

BC outhit the hosts 10-8 in the second game, but William and Mary's four runs with two outs in the seventh inning sealed the deal for its eighth win of the season. Chris Gannon threw 6.2 innings, allowing only five hits while striking out three. He was responsible for four runs before yielding to junior reliever Mark Sullivan.

Brian Macchi went 3-for-4, and both Jarett Mendoza and Jeff Mackor each picked up a pair of hits.

Tops in the BIG EAST Despite its 1-5 record, BC players have climbed into the top of the BIG EAST Conference leaders in several categories through Feb. 26. Paul Knapic has thrown more strikeouts (16) in two games than all of his league peers and appears fourth in innings pitched (12.2). He is also fourth in opponent batting average, stymieing hitters to a .143 mark while teammate Chris Gannon sits sixth (.167) in the same list. Brian Macchi's one home run in six games places him fifth and helps his total bases number (12) to fourth in the conference. Senior captain Mike Hubbard is tied for second with three stolen bases in six games.

First Time 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 Feb. 11.

Coach Hughes Pete Hughes is in his third season as the Eagles' head coach. He enters Friday's game with a 62-46-1 record at the Heights. His career record stands at 114-76-1. 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.

Preseason Awards 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.

Rookie Eagles 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. 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.

Nation's Elite 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).

2001 PLAYERS NOTES

1 - Matt Elfeldt (So, P) Has an 0-1record with a save ... Earned the save in BC's 2-0 shutout of W&M after striking out two of the five batters he faced in the ninth inning ... Registered the 7-2 loss to Florida Atlantic, struck out three and walked two in 5.0 innings.

2 - Mark Sullivan (Jr, P) Has made two appearances on the year ... Posted a loss in the Eagles first game of the season, a 7-3 decision to Oklahoma State.

3 - Ryan Leahy (So, IF) Batting ..211 with four hits and three runs scored ... Doubled in the game-winning RBI in 2-0 win over W&M ...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) Scored the game-winning run in 2-0 win over W&M.

7 - Chris Rosado (Sr, C/U) Batting .217, the switch hitter went 2-for-3 with a double in the 2-0 win over W&M.

9 - Joe Kealty (Sr, 1B) Currently hitting .200 ... Shares the team lead in RBIs (3) .. batting .357 with runners on base.

10 - Brian Durkin (Jr, OF/3B) Batting .273 ... went 2-for-3 in the 9-5 loss to FAU.

11 - Matt O'Donnell (Fr, P] Has not played in 2001 ... Named Mass. Division III Player of the Year after leading Ashland 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) Second among starters with a .346 OB% ... Collected four walks ... His three stolen bases places him second in the BIG EAST ... Went 3-for-4 in BC's 7-3 loss to OSU with an RBI and run scored.

16 - Jarett Mendoza (Sr, OF) Hitting .227 ... Went 2-for-3 with a run scored and double in 5-2 loss to W&M ... Had a sacrifice fly and double in 14-8 loss to OSU.

18 - Jeff Mackor (Jr, C) Had two hits and RBI in 5-2 loss to W&M ... Has thrown out four runners in six games from the catcher position ... Shares team lead for RBIs (3).

20 - Vinny Scavone (So, IF) Played in two games this season.

21 - Paul Knapic (Jr, P) His 16 K's tops all BIG EAST pitchers through Feb. 26 ... Threw a three-hitter in 8.0 innings in the 2-0 shutout of W&M ... Pitched four hitless innings of baseball at FAU Feb. 11, but recorded the loss ... tied a career-high nine strikeouts in 4.2 innings in that game.

22 - Brian Macchi (Jr, OF/3B) Batting a team-high .348 and .522 slugging percentage with three RBIs and 12 total bases ... Hit a two-run home run to cut the OSU lead to two in the second inning of the 14-8 loss.

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) Has a 3.09 ERA in 11.2 innings, holding opponents batting avg. to a mere .167 ... Allowed only two hits in 5.0 innings with five strikeouts in the Eagles season-opener vs. OSU.

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