March 14, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team travels to Atlanta, Ga., to take on ninth-ranked Georgia Tech in a three-game series. The Eagles (3-12, 0-3 ACC) are looking for their first Atlantic Coast Conference victory after dropping a three-game set to fifth-ranked Florida State the first weekend of conference play.
BC is coming off a 10-1 loss at Northeastern after adding the game to the schedule. The Jackets (14-2, 2-1 ACC) took two-of-three at No. 24 Virginia Tech in the league's opening weekend, winning the first two game games by a combined score of 15-10 (11-1 and 14-9). Last year, the Wreck was 6-9 in conference games at home.
BC is 7-13 against Georgia Tech since the Eagles joined the ACC in 200 and GT is 6-1 at home against BC. Last year, the Eagles earned their first ACC victories over the 14th-ranked Yellow Jackets, winning the series, 2-1, at Shea Field. In the first game, the BC bats came alive as the Maroon & Gold recorded three doubles and four home runs, marking the first time the Eagles hit four bombs since April 11, 2009 in a 23-2 win over Wake Forest. Current junior INF John Hennessy, who went 2-for-3 on the day, recorded his first career homer, while classmate Tom Bourdon also went yard. Now senior C Matt Paré led the way in hitting, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk, while sophomore INF Blake Butera also tallied three hits in five at bats. Again the Friday starter, junior RHP Eric Stevens tied a career high with seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched. On Saturday, the teams split the doubleheader as BC won the first game, 4-3, in the bottom of the ninth, and fell, 2-1, in the second game. Graduate student LHP Nate Bayuk tallied his first win of the season, pitching 1.1 innings of the first game. He did not allow a hit, run or walk and struck out two keep the Jackets at bay. With GT up 3-2 in the ninth, current sophomore Tyler Hinchliffe to score the tying run and then Butera hit the walk-off single for the BC win.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS (BC listed first)
RHP Eric Stevens
(0-3, 3.80) vs. RHP Buck Farmer (3-0, 0.33)
RHP John Gorman
(1-2, 7.56) vs. RHP Dusty Isaacs (2-1, 4.50)
LHP Andrew Chin
(1-3, 6.28) vs. RHP Cole Pitts (3-1, 2.82)
WEEKEND WEATHER FORECAST:
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs in the low 70s and lows in the low 50s; SW 14 mph; 20% chance of rain
Saturday:Mostly sunny, highs in the mid 70s and lows in the low 50s; SW 15 mph; 0% chance of rain
Sunday:Partly cloudy, highs in the mid 70s and lows in the mid 50s; SW 11 mph; 10% chance of rain
WAYS TO FOLLOW:
Live Stats: Gametracker
Video Stream:GT All-Access