Baseball Opens ACC Play at No. 16 Miami
March 6, 2014
Coral Gables, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team will start Atlantic Coast Conference play at the 16th-ranked University of Miami. The Eagles (6-6, 0-0 ACC) will start a three-game series with the Hurricanes (7-5, 0-0 ACC) on Friday at 7 p.m.
The Eagles enter the series with a .500 record after taking two-of-three at the Snowbird Invitational, but dropping bot games to Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton. Junior right-hander John Gorman (2-1, 1.00 ERA) will throw on Friday after he picked up his second win against Central Michigan on Feb. 28, tying a career high with seven innings pitched and five strikeouts. He allowed just one run, three hits and did not walk a batter.
Redshirt sophomore left-hander Andrew Chin (2-0, 0.54 ERA) will take the mound on Saturday. He is coming off a no-decision against Villanova, which the Eagles won in dramatic fashion in the 11th inning. Chin pitched six innings, allowed three hits, two runs - both unearned - one walk and struck out five. Freshman right-hander Bobby Skogsbergh tallied his second win in relief, pitching the 10th and 11th, without allowing a hit, run or walk and striking out two.
Sophomore right-hander Jeff Burke (0-0, 5.23 ERA) will take the mound on Sunday. He also did not get a decision in Sunday's loss to Western Michigan, throwing a career-high five innings and striking out six. He allowed three hits, one run and one walk.
Sophomore Chris Shaw enters the series with a career-long, 12-game hit streak, as he has tallied at least one hit in every game this season. Classmate Logan Hoggarth is on a seven-game hit streak, also a career long.
The BC batters will face three lefties on the Hurricanes' staff. Friday, they will see Chris Diaz (2-0, 1.89 ERA), while on Saturday they will face Bryan Radziewski (0-2, 4.2) ERA). On Sunday, BC will see Andrew Suarez (1-1, 5.82 ERA). Miami is coming off two midweeks wins over Villanova and a series loss to then-No. 2 Florida State, which the Canes took the first game and lost the next two. It was not a conference series as the in-state rivals drew a bye from each other in conference play this season.
Miami leads the all-time series, 15-6. After dropping the first seven matchups to the Canes, BC won its first contest in 2009. The Eagles have only won once at Light Stadium, a 3-0 Friday night victory on March 12, 2010. The Hurricanes took the next two to win the series. The Eagles and Canes have met twice in the ACC Championship with BC getting the best of Miami both times: a 10-1 victory in 2009 and a 12-10, 10-inning win in 2010. Last year, BC took two-of-three from Miami in Chestnut Hill to earn its first ACC wins. The Eagles won the Friday night contest, 1-0, and the Sunday game, 3-2, in 11 innings. The Canes won on Saturday, 5-0. The Eagles has won both extra-innings games the two teams have played - the 10-inning, ACC Tournament matchup and last year's 11-inning bout to take the series.