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Eagles look for third-consecutive win

Eagles look for third-consecutive win

April 3, 2001

This Week's Game ... Boston College meets Northeastern Tuesday April 3 in Brookline, Mass. The Huskies enter their first home game of the season with a 2-12 record.

The Series ... The Eagles split last season's series with Northeastern on May 4 at Chestnut Hill. Andy Sullivan threw a complete game one-hitter to lead BC to the 3-0 shutout in the first game. Sullivan allowed one single (Jody Corcoran) and one walk with two strikeouts. In the second contest, BC knotted the score twice before NU plated three runs in the fifth inning to take the commanding 5-2 lead. BC scored twice in the sixth and threatened with a man on in the ninth, but Ben Beck caught Joe Kealty's slicing fly to left for the final out.

Please Take Note ...

*The Eagles have scored the same or better as their opponents in six of nine innings (147-130 total). BC's main scoring drought comes in the fifth and sixth innings where foes have outscored them 29-25 and 20-18, respectively.

* Chris Rosado was the first Eagle this season to almost complete a cycle, falling one triple shy of the distinction in BC's 8-2 win over Buffalo March 6. Brian Durkin also missed the cycle, hitting a single, triple and home run in BC's 11-4 victory over LaSalle March 11.

Last Time Out ... Senior pitcher Erik Olson threw a career-high eight strikeouts, allowing only one hit to pace Boston College to the 12-2 victory over host Holy Cross March 29 in Worcester. Through 6.0 innings, Olson faced just one more batter than the minimum, walking none and helping BC to retire the side in five of six innings. The senior right-hander bettered his previous career-high of six strikeouts set twice during the 2000 season. All nine starters notched a hit while Eric Wright, Brian Macchi and Jarett Mendoza each had two hits for the Eagles. Brian Durkin went 3-for-3.

One-Hit Wonders ... In addition to Erik Olson's superb performance March 29, the last Heights' starting hurler to throw a one-hitter in at least 6.0 innings of work was Andy Sullivan `00, who pitched a 7.0- inning complete game vs. Northeastern May 4, 2000.

It's in the Books ... Three Eagles climbing up the BC record books include seniors Joe Kealty, Jarett Mendoza and Mike Hubbard. Kealty and Hubbard are currently tied with 155 career hits each for ninth place. Eleven more hits each will tie them with their former assistant coach Brian Sankey (166) at eighth. In the same category, Mendoza ranks 12th (149), two shy of 10th-place Joe Hayward `93. Kealty needs three more runs batted in for his 100th RBI. He is currently neck-and-neck with Gregg Radachowsky `90 with 97 , eighth overall. Another home run for Jarett Mendoza will entitle him to a share of sixth overall on the career home run leaders list, the center fielder currently owns 13.

March Madness ... The Eagles won 10 contests in 16 attempts during the month of March. Their 11-11 record so far in 2001 is par for the course during Head Coach Peter Hughes' three-year tenure at BC. Last season, BC was 13-9-0 overall through 22 games and 1-5 in the BIG EAST. That squad finished the season at 22-11 for a school-record mark of 35-20. In Hughes' inaugural season, 1999, the Eagles fell two games shy of .500 with a 10-12 record in all games and 1-6 mark in the league in the beginning of the season. They too rebounded, losing only nine of their next 26 games to finish at 26-21-1.

Novice Notes ... Josh DiScipio and Eric Wright are two new faces making an impact on the Eagle roster this season. Second baseman Josh DiScipio got the starting nod in both Georgetown contests March 25, living up to the billing by pushing across the game-winning run in game two. He fought off a two-out, full count with seven foul balls before launching a bases-loaded, three-run double to the opposite field to give BC the 7-3 advantage in the eighth inning. BC went on to win 8-6. In the Eagles' most recent contest, Wright not only contributed two hits - including a two-run double - but hauled in a superb foul ball fly in the eighth inning of BC's 12-2 win over Holy Cross.

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. At Northeastern, he will coach his 126th career game as the BC skipper (72-52-1). His career record stands at 124-82-1. The 33-year-old coach 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 1 Coach 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.


1 - Matt Elfeldt (So, P) Owns a 4.15 ERA ... Has an 0-1 record with a save ... Made nine 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 appeared in a team-high 10 games this year ... Totaled a 1-3 record and one save for a 5.82 ERA ... Allowed three runs on eight hits with four strikeouts vs. Georgetown March 25 as the last-minute starter ... Gave up the game-winning run in 1.1 innings of relief March 23 vs. West Virginia ... 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 .310 ... Reached base safely in 16 of 20 games ... Bats .545 with an RBI opportunity and is 5-for-7 (.714) with an RBI opportunity and two outs ... 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 four starts in 10 games as the third baseman ... Threw 2.0 innings of hitless relief vs. Holy Cross March 29 ... 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 .467 in 15 at bats for four RBIs ... Has had one hit in his last five games ... Fought off a two-out, full count with seven foul balls before launching a bases-loaded, three-run double - including the game-winning run - to give BC the 7-3 edge vs. GU March 25, the Eagles went on to win that game 8-6 ... 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 .306 ... The switch-hitter is batting .414 vs. southpaws and .250 against right-handers ... Through April 2, ranks fourth among league leaders with 24 runs batted in ... Has reached base safely in 19 of 22 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, DH/OF) Currently second in the league for walks (18) and fourth in on base percentage (.470) ... Hit his first home run of the season March 29 vs. Holy Cross, was issued three walks in that game ... 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% (.470) ... Has been hit by a pitch five times.

10 - Brian Durkin (Jr, OF/1B) Currently batting .364, first among starters ... Has hit safely in 19 of 22 games... had at least one RBI in 11 of last 16 games ... Batting .333 with three doubles and six RBIs in conference play ... His four home runs through April 2, ranks third among BIG EAST sluggers, he is also listed seventh in slugging percentage (.597) ... Went 3-for-3 in BC's 12-2 victory over Holy Cross March 29 ... 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 1-2 record and 5.40 ERA in 23.1 innings ... Struck out a career-high seven batters in 6.0 innings of work to take the 8-0 loss at West Virginia ... Took the hard-luck loss in 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 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 19 of 22 games, including his first 12 consecutive games ... now hitting .287 ... Through April 2, finished third in the conference in runs scored (24) and fifth in stolen bases (9) ... In 21 at bats, is hitting .381 with an RBI opportunity... 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 .261 ... 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 six total hits vs. Wagner and LaSalle (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) Had an eight-game hit streak from March 6 -19 ... Now batting .241 ... Had multiple hits in four games from March 11 - 19 ... 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 .342 with 19 RBIs, second on the team ... His four home runs is third in the conference for all games played while he leads conference sluggers with three homers in conference action ... Has a team-high 15 total bases in league play, batting .273 ... Had a home run at both West Virginia and Georgetown ... Slammed a round-tripper 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 2-1 ... Paced BC to 8-6 win at Georgetown, allowing three runs on five hits in 7.0 innings March 25 ... 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) Now batting .400 ... In his first collegiate start, contributed two hits - including a two-run double - in BC's 12-2 win over Holy Cross March 29 ... 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.

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) In seven games, scored two runs.

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 4.70 ERA in 15.1 innings and 2-0 record ... Threw a one-hitter through 6.0 innings at Holy Cross while striking out a career-high eight batters ...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 7.71 ERA in 32.2 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.

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