Feb. 28, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team starts its spring break trip in St. Petersburg, Fla., with a three-game series against Georgia State at Al Lang Stadium.
After dropping all three games in the 10th Annual Keith LeClair Classic, the Eagles (1-5) look to rebound against the Panthers (5-4), who are coming off a 10-7 win over Georgia on Tuesday night. The Panthers took two-of-three from Butler, from dropping a 16-5 decision to No. 20 Georgia Tech the first week of the season. During the season week, GSU defeated Alabama A&M, but lost two-of-three to Grambling State.
The Eagles will look to increase their run and hit production this weekend. They have been outscored, 34-15, and outhit, 51-41, in the six early games of the season. Junior RHP Eric Stevens (0-2) will take the mound on Friday. While his record is 0-2, he has turned in two good performances for BC, allowing two runs in 6.0 innings to VCU and two runs in a career-high 6.2 innings to East Carolina. Sophomore RHP John Gorman (0-1) looks to bounce back from a three-inning, eight-hit, five-run performance against Ohio last weekend, while redshirt freshman LHP Andrew Chin (1-1) hopes to build on his performance against Illinois, where he struck out six - five looking - and allowed four hits in his first career start.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCH UPS (BC listed first)
Friday: RHP Eric Stevens (0-2, 2-84) vs. RHP Nick Squeglia (1-0, 3.38)
Saturday: RHP John Gorman (0-1, 6-75) vs. LHP Garrett Ford (1-1, 4.35)
Sunday: LHP Andrew Chin (1-1,4-50) vs. RHP Aidan McLaughlin (0-2, 11.74)
WEEKEND WEATHER FORECAST
Friday: Mostly cloudy; highs in the low 60s and lows in the mid 50s; NNW winds at 12 mph 0% chance of rain
Saturday: Mostly cloudy; highs in the low 60s and lows in the low 50s; NNW wins at 15 mph; 10% chance of rain
Sunday: Partly cloudy; highs in the high 50s and lows in the high 40s; NNW wins at 16 mph; 10% chance of rain
WAYS TO FOLLOW
Post-Game Interviews: YouTube
Graduate student left-handed reliever Nate Bayuk tallied his 89th career appearance in the 2-1 loss to East Carolina on Feb. 22 to make him BC's all-time leader in that category. He passed Matt Brazis (2009-12), who is second on BC's career saves list with 15. The southpaw has mostly worked from the bullpen as an Eagle. Last year, he led all relievers with a 2.76 ERA, was second on the team with 23 appearances and fourth on the team with 34 strikeouts. As a junior, he also made 23 appearances, along with four starts and recorded the second-most innings on the team (60.1). As a redshirt freshman, he logged 32 appearances, a BC single-season record.
Senior C Matt Paré was one of 30 baseball student-athlete to be named candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award®. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. The candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the season. The winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA College World Series® in Omaha June 15-26.
Freshman INF Logan Hoggarth recorded a hit in five of his first six collegiate games. Playing either third base or batting as the designated hitter, the North Port, Fla., native is batting .300 with six hits, two doubles, an RBI and three walks. He tallied a hit in the first five games of the season and went 2-for-3 with an RBI on opening day.
Freshman INF Gabriel Hernandez also started the 2013 season hot. After a 2-for-3 performance in his collegiate debut against Marist on Feb. 17, the second baseman has recorded a hit in the two other games he has started in. He is batting .364 with four hits, one run and one RBI.
Sophomore OF/RHP/1B Geoffrey Murphy and Hoggarth were the only two Eagles to tally at least one hit in all three games opening weekend. He played all three games in left field, was 4-for-12, scored three runs, and tallied his first career RBI on his first career triple.