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Baseball Hosts First ACC Series, Welcomes Clemson




April 4, 2013

Game Notes

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team hosts Clemson for a three-game series at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field beginning on Friday, April 5 at 2:30 p.m. The second game will be on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and the finale on Sunday at noon.

The Eagles (5-22, 0-11 ACC) dropped a three-game set at Duke last weekend but came back to break to a 15-game losing streak in Storrs, Conn., defeating Connecticut, 7-4, on Tuesday. They opened the home schedule with a 8-6 victory over Harvard on Wednesday.

The Tigers (18-11, 6-6 ACC) took one-of-three from top-ranked North Carolina last weekend in Chapel Hill. CU earned the 5-4, 11-inning win on Monday night and then defeated Gardner-Webb, 4-1, at home on Wednesday.

Clemson holds the 15-6 advantage in the series between the two squads since the Eagles joinced the ACC in 2006. The Tigers have won the last six meeting, sweeping BC in 2012 and 2011. BC is 2-5 at home against CU.

Last year, the Maroon and Gold lost all three games at 23rd-ranked Clemson in the second week of the ACC season. In game one, the Eagles climbed within one of the Tigers twice, but could not pull ahead and Clemson went on to win, 6-4. Three of the Eagles' six hits were home runs as current junior OF Tom Bourdon tallied two bombs and Anthony Melchionda hit one. Bourdon went 3-for-5 on the night with three RBIs. Junior RHP Eric Stevens recorded his first loss of the season, allowing seven hits, five runs and three walks, while striking out two in six innings of work. In the second game, BC dropped a 6-3 decision as senior RHP Hunter Gordon registered his first loss, going 5.1 innings, allowing nine hits and five runs while walking five and striking out two. Current junior C Nate LaPointe hit his first home run of the season. BC lost the third game, 5-1, after outhitting the Tigers, 11-10, but left 11 runners on base. Bourdon went 3-for-5 again, coming up with three doubles. Current sophomore INF Blake Butera was 2-for-3. Junior RHP Matt Alvarez registered the loss, pitching three innings, allowing five runs, six hits and two walks. He struck out three. Graduate student LHP Nate Bayuk also did not give up a run in his 1.1 innings of relief, allowing one hit and striking out three.

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCH UPS (BC listed first)
Friday: RHP Hunter Gordon (0-3, 4.24) vs. RHP Daniel Gossett (3-2, 2.89)
Saturday: RHP Eric Stevens (0-6, 5.58) vs. RHP Clate Schmidt (2-1, 4.40)
Sunday: LHP Andrew Chin (1-6, 5.52) vs. LHP Mathew Crownover (3-0, 3.62)

WEEKEND WEATHER FORECAST:
Friday: Morning showers, highs in the mid 50s and lows in the low 30s; SW at 10 mph; 40% chance of rain
Saturday: Sunny, highs in the low 50s and lows in the mid 30s; WNW 13 mph; 0% chance of rain
Sunday:Partly cloudy, highs in the high 50s and lows in the mid 40s; S 14 mph; 10% chance of rain

WAYS TO FOLLOW:
Twitter:@BCBirdball
GameTracker:Friday
Saturday
Sunday
WZBC Radio:Friday & Sunday (AM) and Saturday (90.3 FM)
Postgame Interviews:YouTube

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