April 6, 2001
This Weekend's Series ... Boston College travels to St. John's University this weekend (April 7-8) for a three-game series in Jamaica, N.Y. for its fourth BIG EAST conference series of 2001. The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday, starting at noon. One more game will take place Sunday, also at noon.
The Series... St. John's leads the all-time series 44-18-1 overall since 1956 with a home record of 20-10, although, Saturday marks the first game played at The Ballpark for BC. Last season, 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.
In the first game of SJU's visit to Beantown, Andy Sullivan allowed only one run in 7.0 innings, and Joe Kealty had a sacrifice fly to drive in the game-winning run to lead BC 2-1 past St John's. Steve Langone struck out eight batters in 9.0 innings, surrendering only four hits for the Eagles' second win of the day. The Red Storm scored its only run in the ninth inning to account for the final 9-1 tally.
BC's Last Time Out ... Junior Brian Macchi homered twice in a 5-for-5 outing for nine total RBIs to lead BC past Brown 17-4 in the second game of the twinbill April 5 in Providence. BC totaled 16 hits off six Brown pitchers in that contest. Jeff Mackor went 2-for-3 with two doubles. Ryan Leahy and Matt Lederhos each contributed a pair of hits, and James Dawson recorded the win in his first collegiate start.
Both Sides Now ... The Eagle offense redeemed one of their worst offensive showings with an extraordinary effort Thursday night. After mounting only three hits in game one's 3-1 loss to Brown, BC banged out 16 hits, including a season-best nine extra-base hits, in the nightcap. BC's prior 3-1 loss (Georgetown, March 25) also saw them collect three hits in one less at bat (23).
Free Ride ... Joe Kealty has walked to first base twice as many times as any one of his teammates. The senior left-handed batter has been issued 21 free passes in 25 games this season and hit by a pitch five times. Through April 2, Kealty landed second in the BIG EAST conference with 18 walks for all games played.
Raking in the RBIs ... During Coach Hughes' three-year tenure at the Heights, six Eagle batters have contributed five RBIs or more in one game. The most recent five-plus RBI hitter was Brian Macchi, who drove in nine runs at Brown April 5. That was the biggest RBI production since Macchi himself pushed across seven runs (grand slam, two-run home run and sacrifice fly) at Georgetown April 29, 2000. Current teammate Chris Rosado tallied five RBIs vs. the Hoyas the next day (April 30, 2000) on the strength of two home runs and recorded six RBIs in BC's 17-7 victory over Wagner, March 10 of this season. 2001 captain Mike Hubbard's grand slam and sacrifice fly for five RBIs March 9 vs. Monmouth also placed him on the elite list. Then-sophomore Joe Kealty went 3-for-5 with five RBIs against UConn May 2, 1999. In that same year, Steve Langone also plated five runs (Harvard) while Sean McGowan accomplished the feat four times.
One-Hit Wonders ... In addition to Erik Olson's superb pitching 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 157 career hits each for ninth place. Eleven more hits each will tie them with their former assistant coach, Brian Sankey, in eighth (166). In the same category, Mendoza ranks 11th (150), 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 and two RBIs behind seventh-place Chris Taylor `93. 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.
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' 12-2 win over Holy Cross, 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.
Coach Hughes ... Pete Hughes is in his third season as the Eagles' head coach. At St. John's, he will coach his 128th career game as the BC skipper (73-54-1). His career record stands at 125-84-1. 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.