March 22, 2001
This Weekend's Game Boston College travels to Morgantown, West Virginia for a doubleheader Friday, March 23 at 1 p.m. before heading to Georgetown (Shirley Povich Field, Bethesda, Md.) for a twinbill Sunday, March 25. Game time is noon.
Blanking in Blacksburg The Eagles snapped their win streak at eight, dropping three straight games (10-4, 4-3, 13-5) to the BIG EAST's newest member, Virginia Tech, this past weekend (March 18-19) in Blacksburg. That series marked the first time that BC has come away winless in a conference weekend since the Eagles suffered three-consecutive losses to visiting Rutgers March 25-26, 2000.
West Virginia Series Due to Beantown's inclement weather, BC did not play West Virginia last season. The two teams met in the final conference series of 1999, though. The Mountaineers' one win in three contests at Chestnut Hill prevented BC from participating in the BIG EAST playoffs that year.
West Virginia grabbed the 2-1 victory in game one (May 15, 1999) - scoring two runs in the seventh and final inning - then BC won the final games 5-4, 5-0. In the three games, Joe Kealty went 3-for-8 with two doubles, a sacrifice fly and three RBIs. In limited plate appearances, teammate Chris Rosado was 1-for-2. Mike Hubbard had two hits in 10 at bats with a sacrifice hit.
The Eagles lost two of three games to West Virginia in the 1998 series after winning two of three contests in 1997. BC has not swept a series from WVU since the Mountaineers joined the BIG EAST in 1996, in which year, BC was swept (0-3).
Georgetown Grins BC swept Georgetown 3-0 April 29-30, 2000 by scores of 11-2, 21-5 and 16-3. The Eagles had 12 home runs in the three-game series and 50 hits en route to 48 runs. In the second game alone, BC pounded six home runs and 21 hits (tying a season-high) for 21 runs. Brian Macchi went 2-for-2 with a grand slam, two-run home run and sacrifice fly for seven RBIs to propel the visitors to the 21-5 win. In the third and final game of the Hoya series, Chris Rosado was 2-for-2 with two round-trippers. Four returning players on the 2001 squad hit above .500 in last year's series, including Brian Macchi - .667, Chris Rosado - .667, Brian Durkin - .556, and Joe Kealty - .500.
The Eagles most recent loss to Georgetown was April 3, 1999, a 2-1 decision in Chestnut Hill. BC won the second game of the twinbill 10-3.
In the past 11 years, BC has won the Georgetown series five times, sweeping the series 3-0 three times (2000, 1991, 1990). The two teams have split the series three times. The Eagles have been on the plus side of the 2-1 series decision twice and fell 1-2 in 1992. In 1994, BC won then tied a contest with the Hoyas.
It's in the Books ... Three Eagles climbing up the BC record books include seniors Joe Kealty, Jarett Mendoza and Mike Hubbard. Kealty surpassed Joe Hayward `93 (151) with his 152nd career hit for ninth place. Mike Hubbard currently ranks 11th (150) in the same category, followed by Mendoza in 12th place (144). Kealty needs one more run batted in to tie Mike Quirk `00 in career RBIs (94). Another home run for Jarett Mendoza will tie him for sixth on the career home run leaders list, he currently has 13.
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.
Coach Hughes Pete Hughes is in his third season as the Eagles' head coach. He enters Friday's game with a 70-49-1 record at the Heights. His career record stands at 122-79-1. 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.
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 in the preseason. Last year 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.
2001 PLAYERS NOTES
1 - Matt Elfeldt (So, P) Owns a 4.91 ERA ... Has an 0-1record with a save ... Made eight appearances, first in BIG EAST through March 20 ... 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 also made eight appearances on the year, tied for first in BIG EAST (March 20) ... Totaled a 1-1 record and one save ... Earned the save in BC's 8-5 win over Buffalo March 6 ... Allowed two hits and no earned runs 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 .333 ... Reached base safely in 14 of 17 games ... Bats .667 with an RBI opportunity and is 5-for-6 (.833) with an RBI-opportunity and two outs ... Through March 20, ranks fourth in the BIG EAST for runs scored (16) ... Had a six-game hit streak from March 7 - March 18 in which span he hit 12- for-24 with eight runs scored ... 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), and drove in a run in four of eight contests ... 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) Had made three starts in eight games as the third baseman ... 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) Is currently batting .354 ... Through March 20, leads all BIG EAST hitters with 22 runs batted in ... His 35 total bases is eighth in the league ... Has reached base safely in 15 of 17 games ... Hit .333 (4 -for-12) for four RBIs with one double and one home run in the Eagles' three-game series at Virginia Tech ... As the cleanup hitter, drove in all of BC's runs in 4-3 loss to Hokies ... Bettered his average by 141 points on the Florida trip, hitting .467 in the eight-game span ... 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 March 6 ... Hit the game-winning RBI vs. Yale ... Went 3-for-5 for six RBIs vs. Wagner March 10.
9 - Joe Kealty (Sr, 1B) Currently second in the league in runs scored (18), seventh in walks issued (10) ... Was 4-for-12 for one RBI in Virginia Tech series ... Hit .429 and drove in 10 runs during the spring training trip ... 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% (.436) ... Has been hit by a pitch three times.
10 - Brian Durkin (Jr, OF/3B) Currently batting .350 ... Has hit safely in the last seven games ... had at least one RBI in six of the last seven games ... Batting .400 with one double and three RBIs in conference play ... His four home runs through March 20, ranks second among BIG EAST sluggers, he is also listed fifth in slugging percentage (.617) and total bases (37) ... Hit .393 (.893 slugging percentage) with four home runs and one triple for seven RBIs in Florida ... Named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week March 12 ... On March 11 vs. LaSalle, 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 1-1 record and 4.15 ERA in 17.1 innings ... Took the hard-luck loss in his most recent outing, a 4-3 decision to Virginia Tech, where he surrendered four runs - two earned - on 11 hits in 8.1 innings. He walked two and struck out four batters ... 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 16 of 17 games ... now hitting .299 ... Leads the conference in runs scored (19) and is second in stolen bases (9) through March 20 ... In 18 at bats, is hitting .444 when runners are in scoring position and .800 (5) with an RBI opportunity and two outs ... 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 March 9 ... 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) Is currently hitting .269 ... Led the BIG EAST with six doubles in 14 games through March 12 ... Had a 10-game hit streak from Feb. 24 - March 18 ... 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.
18 - Jeff Mackor (Jr, C) Has hit safely in the past eight games ... Now batting .290 ... Had multiple hits in the last four games ... Led the team in batting at Virginia Tech, batting .583 with seven hits ... 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 and 3.28 ERA ... 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 .338 ... Slammed a home run in 10-4 loss to Virginia Tech March 18 ... 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) Now has a record of 1-1 ... Took the loss, allowing five hits in 4.0 innings in 13-5 loss to Virginia Tech ... 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) Has made four appearances ... Totaled eight innings for a 5.63 ERA ... 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 bats.
31 - Mike Gauthier (Fr, P) Threw 3.0 innings with five career-high five strikeouts for save vs. Monmouth.
33 - Erik Olson (Sr, P) Owns a 7.71 ERA in 9.1 innings ... Gave up three earned runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings vs. Yale March 7 to record his first win of the season ... allowed three hits in 3.0 innings with two strikeouts Feb. 9 vs. FAU.
36 - Chris Gannon (Sr, P) Has a 7.46 ERA in 25.1 innings and 2-2 record ... Earned two wins (Buffalo, LaSalle) in Florida ... ... 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.