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Joe Kealty hit .429 during the spring training trip in Florida

Joe Kealty hit .429 during the spring training trip in Florida

March 16, 2001

Today's Game Boston College begins BIG EAST conference play with a doubleheader at Virginia Tech Saturday March 17 at noon, marking Tech's first game as a member of the BIG EAST Conference. The two teams will play one game on Sunday, starting at noon. Virginia Tech has never met BC in baseball action.

Sunshine State Smiles The Eagles collected eight wins in Florida - its first-ever sweep on the spring training trip - to improve to 9-5 on the season. The last time an Eagle squad had an eight-game win streak was 1977. The 2001 Eagles tied and surpassed the more recent seven-game victory string (1995) with a doubleheader win over LaSalle Sunday March 11. Hughes' longest victory streak at the Heights prior to this season was six (April 9-13, 2000).

Hot Bats BC outscored its opponents 85-34, batting .361 - with a .503 slugging percentage - over the eight days in Florida. Over half of the 19-batter traveling squad hit above .300, with six players registering averages over .400. In addition, six different players powered game-winning RBIs. Jeff Mackor was responsible for decisive runs in two contests.

Defensive Stand Offense was not the only weapon on the southern swing as eleven BC pitchers combined for a 3.90 ERA, limiting foes to a .255 batting average. The defense turned in nine double plays after totaling only three in its first six games. Mackor threw out five of 10 would-be basestealers , highlighted by three in BC's 7-2 victory over LaSalle March 11. The junior catcher threw out a total of four runners in his first six games.

And the award goes to ... Brian Durkin was named BIG EAST offensive player of the week (March 11) after notching 10 hits in 24 at bats with six RBIs and five walks. On the eight-game Florida road trip, Durkin collected four home runs and one triple for a .893 slugging percentage. He fell one double short of a cycle in Sunday's 11-4 victory over LaSalle. He is now batting .340. The last Eagle bestowed with the weekly award was pitcher Steve LangoneMay 1, 2000.

Logging the K's Matt Lederhos threw 11 strikeouts - three more than his 2000 total - in BC's 8-2 win over Buffalo March 6. Lederhos was the first 2001 BC pitcher to throw 10-plus strikeouts in a game this season. Paul Knapic retired nine FAU batters via strikeouts Feb. 11, 2001. The last Eagle to post 10-plus strikeouts was Jaime Quiros, who had 10 on April 11 vs. Albany. Steve Langone registered a team season-best 13 strikeouts on March 10, 2000 vs. FAU. He also threw 12 strikeouts in his previous outing, March 4 vs. Buffalo. Lederhos' current teammate, Mark Sullivan, recorded 10 K's March 8, 2000 vs. Mount St. Mary's.

A Brand New Training Trip The 2001 squad's one-victory edge over last season's spring training trip production (7-2) was not the only improvement. This season's sluggers hit .361 compared to .334 in 2000 while tallying 26 more RBIs in one less contest during the eight days. Brian Macchi doubled his offensive output, batting .355 on the 2001 trip. Brian Durkin improved his 2000 total on the spring training trip by 193 points, and Joe Kealty bettered his 2000 totals by 208 points, batting .429 in 2001.

Switch-hitting Superiority Senior Chris Rosado led all Eagle starters with his .467 batting average in Florida and finished second in batting avg. with runners on base as evidenced by his 16 RBIs. Only Ryan Leahy hit higher averages (.600, with runners on base) and (.714 in seven tries with runners in scoring position) in that span. In the eight-game stint, Rosado was 2-for-2 with the bases loaded while batting .579 in 19 plate appearances when runners were about to score. For all games, Rosado is batting .500 in 24 chances when runners are in scoring position. Overall, he hits .636 as a right-handed bat and .286 from the left side of the plate.

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. In his first collegiate start, sophomore Scott Lemone penned his first single - a shot to left center - as a collegian Feb. 11. Both Vinny Scavone and Joe McCabe posted their premier collegiate singles in the 17-7 win over Wagner March 10. Mike Gauthier pitched 3.0 innings of five-hit baseball with a career-high five strikeouts to earn his first collegiate save March 9 vs. Monmouth.

Coach Hughes Pete Hughes is in his third season as the Eagles' head coach. He enters Friday's game with a 70-46-1 record at the Heights. His career record stands at 122-76-1. 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 * 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.

2000, In a Nutshell The 2000 Eagles set a school record for wins in a season (35), 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).

BIG EAST Brilliance This weekend, BC begins BIG EAST action with a three-game series at Virginia Tech - picked to finish third in the preseason coaches poll. In 2000 conference play, the Eagles swept three teams (Villanova, St. John's and Georgetown). BC's sweep of Villanova on April 1-2 was its first three-game victory over a conference team since it took three from Connecticut in 1995. The Eagles won an unprecedented doubleheader over St. John's April 20, its first series win against the Red Storm since April 22-23, 1989. At the end of April, BC swept Georgetown in a three-game series. In the second game of that series, Boston College recorded six home runs. r

2001 PLAYERS NOTES

1 - Matt Elfeldt (So, P) Owns a 5.40 ERA ... Has an 0-1record with a save in six appearances ... 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 six appearances on the year with a 1-1 record ... Allowed two hits and no earned run in 2.0 innings of relief to get the win vs. LaSalle March 11 ... Posted a loss in the Eagles first game of the season, a 7-3 decision to Oklahoma State.

3 - Ryan Leahy (So, IF) Now batting .340 ... Has hit safely in the past five games ... Posted 13 hits, four doubles and seven RBIs as the lead-off batter in Florida ... Tallied six multiple-hit games on the training trip with three hits in each of two games (Yale, Wagner) ... Drove in a run in four of eight contests ... Hitting .750 when runners are in scoring position for the year ... 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) Started two games as the third baseman in Florida ... Totaled two RBIs, including a sacrifice fly vs. LaSalle March 11 ... Struck out three in 3.0 innings of work vs. Wagner College March 10 ... 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 .571 in seven at bats for one RBI ... Drove in a run vs. Yale ... Pushed across one run in the BC/Red Sox game ... Earned his first collegiate hit to lead off the inning in BC's four-run, ninth inning against FAU.

6 - Neal McCarthy (Jr, OF) Powered an RBI-single against Buffalo March 6 ... Scored the game-winning run in 2-0 win over W&M.

7 - Chris Rosado (Sr, C/U) Bettered his average by 141 points on the Florida trip and is now batting .358 after hitting .467 in the eight-game span ... Leads all conference hitters with 18 RBIs, 16 of which came in Florida ... Through March 12, is fourth among conference leaders in total bases (27), and sixth in doubles (five) ... Totaled five multiple-hit games and four multiple-RBI games in Fla. ... Was one triple short of the cycle in 8-5 victory over Buffalo ... Hit the game-winning RBI vs. Yale ... Went 3-for-5 for six RBIs vs. Wagner ... Has reached base safely in 13 of 14 games.

9 - Joe Kealty (Sr, 1B) Currently second in the league in walks issued (9) and runs scored (16) and third in RBIs (13) ... Hit .429 and drove in 10 runs during the spring training trip to improve his average to .321 ... Went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs vs. Michigan March 3 ... Drove in three runs, including the game-winner March 6 vs. Buffalo ... Hit five doubles in four consecutive games from March 6 - 9 ... Strung together a five-game hit streak from March 3 - 9 ... ... Leads the team starters in OB% (.446).

10 - Brian Durkin (Jr, OF/3B) Hit .393 with four home runs and one triple for seven RBIs in Florida ... Named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week March 12 ... now batting .340 ... Leads all league sluggers with his four home runs ... In BC's last game, hit 3-for-3 with a home run and triple and three runs scored - one double short of the cycle.

11 - Matt O'Donnell (Fr, P] Struck out two of the three batters he faced in 1.0 inning vs. Wagner College.

12 - Jed Rogers (Sr, P] Has a 1-0 record and 6.0 ERA ... Struck out a career-high six batters in his 6.0 inning start against Monmouth March 9 ... 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) Has reached base safely in 13 of 14 games ... now hitting .304 ... Leads the conference in runs scored (18) and is second in stolen bases (8) and third in RBIs (13) ... Hit .343 for 11 RBIs in Florida with five stolen bases ... Went 3-for-4 with his first career grand slam and a sacrifice fly for five RBIs vs. Monmouth ... Was 2-for-3 with two RBIs vs. the Red Sox ... Went 3-for-4 in BC's 7-3 loss to OSU with an RBI and run scored.

16 - Jarett Mendoza (Sr, OF) Leads the BIG EAST with six doubles in 14 games through March 12 ... Has a nine-game hit streak ... Reached base safely in 13 of 14 games ... Now batting .304, hit .353 in Florida ... Had four multiple-hit games in Florida ... Contributed two hits in each of the last three games ... Went 1-for-4 with three RBIs vs. Yale ... Knocked in the game-winning run vs. Michigan ... Was a perfect 2-for-2 with one RBI in the Red Sox game.

17 - Joe McCabe (So, IF) Was 1-for-1(his first collegiate hit) with a run scored March 10 vs. Wagner ... His ground out scored David Trainor in the seventh inning vs. the Red Sox.

18 - Jeff Mackor (Jr, C) Strung together a five-game hit streak ... Now batting .220 ... Was responsible for two game-winning RBIs on the Florida trip (Buffalo, LaSalle) ... Threw out three baserunners from his catcher position March 11 vs. LaSalle and five total on the trip ... Powered hits in six of the seven games played and drove in two runs in each of two games in Florida ... Contributed two hits vs. the Red Sox ... Had two hits and an RBI in 5-2 loss to W&M.

20 - Vinny Scavone (So, IF) Went 1-for-2 in BC's win over Wagner College.

21 - Paul Knapic (Jr, P) Went 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in Florida to improve his record to 3-1 ... Has struck out at least six batters in each of his last four outings ... Gave up one earned run and five hits in 7.0 innings vs. Michigan March 3 ... Allowed five hits in 5.0 + innings vs. Wagner March 10 ... Through March 12, is third among league leaders in strikeouts (28) and fourth in opponent batting average (.182) ... Tied a career-high nine strikeouts in loss to FAU Feb. 11.

22 - Brian Macchi (Jr, OF/3B) Now batting .352 ... Through March 12, ranks third in the BIG EAST in RBIs (13) and hits (19) ... Had four multiple hit games in Florida and drove in three runs in two games (Yale, Monmouth) ... Hit safely in six of the eight games in Florida ... Slammed 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) In 12.0 innings, collected a 1.50 ERA in Florida ... Pitched a three-hitter in 6.0 innings and threw a career-high 11 strikeouts to earn the win vs. Buffalo March 6 ... Gave up one earned run in 6.0 innings of work against LaSalle.

24 - Eric Wright (Fr, OF) Went 1-for-2, a double, and scored a run in BC's 12-6 victory over Yale ... Added a pinch-hit, RBI single - his first collegiate hit - in BC's last game against FAU ... now batting .333.

25 - Scott Lemone (So, C/DH) Started two of three games played in Florida ... Went 3-for-6 with two runs scored and two runs driven in in that span ... Now batting .400 ... Has a four-game hit streak ... 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) Surrendered one hit in 2.0 innings vs. LaSalle ... Allowed three runs on one hit in 3.0 innings vs. Oklahoma State, Feb. 10.

29 - Scott Foley (Jr, IF) Has two hits (Florida Atlantic, LaSalle) in four at bat.

31 - Mike Gauthier (Fr, P) Threw 3.0 innings with five career-high five strikeouts for save vs. Monmouth.

33 - Erik Olson (Sr, P) Gave up three earned runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings vs. Yale March 7 to record his first win of the season ... Owns a 3.00 ERA ... allowed three hits in 3.0 innings with two strikeouts Feb. 9 vs. FAU.

36 - Chris Gannon (Sr, P) Earned two wins (Buffalo, LaSalle) in Florida ... Has a 5.32 ERA in 22.0 innings ... Allowed only two hits in 5.0 innings with five strikeouts in the Eagles season-opener vs. OSU.

38 - David Trainor (Jr, C) Went 0-for-1 vs. Monmouth ... Scored a run in the BC/Red Sox game.

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