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The 2001 home opener is Tuesday April 10 vs. Albany.

The 2001 home opener is Tuesday April 10 vs. Albany.

April 10, 2001

It's Good to Be Home ... After playing its previous 28 games away from Shea Field, Boston College returns to Beantown Tuesday April 10 to begin a nine-game homestand, a major-league schedule, which includes seven games in five days. It is the longest homestand by any Eagle baseball squad since the 1988 team hosted 10 games from April 26 - May 13. That team went 6-4-0 in that stretch.

In 2000, BC was a combined 5-4 over the visiting teams entering Eddie Pellagrini Diamond this week. The Eagles swept both ends of a doubleheader vs. Albany in the 2000 series and beat Rhode Island 10-3 in the two teams' only meeting last season.

BC was on the losing end of 1-2 series decisions with both Connecticut and Pittsburgh a season ago.

BC's Last Time Out ... Down 5-2, the Eagles ignited a comeback with eight runs in their final at bat to beat St. John's Unversity 10-6 in game one. BC then fell victim to the Red Storm twice over the next two games (6-3, 6-2) in a BIG EAST conference series April 7-8 in Jamaica, N.Y.

Brian Macchi went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs while Jeff Mackor had three RBIs in the form of a three-run double in the crucial seventh inning. Chris Rosado also drove two men home. BC's lone southpaw, Chris Gannon, earned the win, allowing six runs - three earned - on nine hits in a complete game.

Mike Hubbard, Jarett Mendoza and Ryan Leahy each contributed a pair of hits in the second game of the doubleheader but it was not enough as BC fell 6-3. The final contest between the conference foes saw BC muster only four hits - three of which went for doubles - in the 6-2 loss.

Both Sides Now ... The Eagle offense redeemed one of its worst offensive showings with an extraordinary effort on the evening of April 5. 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 been granted first base twice as many times as any one of his teammates. The senior left-handed batter has been issued 22 free passes in 28 games this season and hit by a pitch five times. Through April 9, Kealty landed second in the BIG EAST conference with 22 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 by an Eagle 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 161 career hits each for ninth place. Five more hits each will tie them with their former assistant coach, Brian Sankey, in eighth (166). In the same category, Mendoza ranks 10th (153). Kealty needs one more run batted in for his 100th RBI. He is currently neck-and-neck with Chris Taylor `93 with 99, seventh overall, and eleven RBIs behind sixth-place Joe Hayward. 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. He will coach his 131th career game as the BC skipper (74-56-1). His career record stands at 126-86-1. 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.

2001 PLAYERS NOTES

1 - Matt Elfeldt (So, P) Owns a 3.60 ERA ... Has an 0-1 record with a save ... Made eleven appearances, second on the team, for 15.0 innings ... 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 12 games this year ... Totaled a 1-4 record and one save for a 5.26 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 .308 with a share of team lead in doubles (eight) ... Reached base safely in 23 of 26 games ... Went 3-for-6 with two runs scored and two RBIs in the doubleheader at Brown April 5 ... 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 leadoff 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) Made his first collegiate pitching start at Brown, gave up three runs - two earned - in 6.0 innings for the loss ... Threw 2.0 innings of hitless relief vs. Holy Cross March 29 ... Struck out three in 3.0 innings of work vs. Wagner College March 10 ... Allowed one earned run on three hits in 1.0 inning of relief against FAU, Feb. 11 ... Has four starts in 12 games as the third baseman ... ... Totaled two RBIs, including a sacrifice fly vs. LaSalle March 11 ... ... Earned a walk as a pinch-hitter vs. OSU Feb. 10.

5 - Josh DiScipio (Fr, 2B) Hitting .320 in 25 at bats for five RBIs ... Started six games in 16 appearances ... His sacrifice bunt plated Mendoza in BC's 6-2 loss to St. John's April 8 ... Had a five-game hitting streak from March 10-29 ... 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.

7 - Chris Rosado (Sr, C/U) Is currently batting .291, shares the team-lead with eight doubles ... Through April 9, ranks eighth among league leaders with 26 runs batted in ... Shares the team lead with seven RBIs in BIG EAST play Powered a two-run single in BC's 10-6 win over St. John's April 7 ... 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) Hitting .306, shares the team lead in doubles (eight) .... Through April 9, is second in the league for walks (22) and fifth in on base percentage (.456) ... 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 ... Has been hit by a pitch five times.

10 - Brian Durkin (Jr, OF/1B) Currently batting .341, second among starters ... Batting .296 with three doubles and six RBIs in conference play ... 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] Pitched a hitless inning of relief April 5 at Brown ... Struck out two of the three batters he faced in 1.0 inning vs. Wagner College.

12 - Jed Rogers (Sr, P] Has a 1-3 record and 5.34 ERA in 30.1 innings ... Allowed only four hits with one earned run in 5.0 innings vs. St. John's April 7, was saddled with the loss ... 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.

15 - Mike Hubbard (Sr, SS) Now hitting .279 ... Reached base safely in 24 of 28 games, in addition to reaching base in his first 12 consecutive games ... Is hitting .289 in conference play, third on the team ... Through April 9, finished ninth in stolen bases (10) ... 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 .262 ... 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) Now hitting .260 ... Had a three-run double in the seventh and final inning vs. St. John's to ignite the 10-6 win April 7 ... Strung together an eight-game hit streak from March 6 -19 ... Powered 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 1.50 ERA in Florida to improve his record to 3-1 and 2.55 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 .379 (eighth among conference sluggers) with 31 RBIs, which places him fourth in the BIG EAST ... Through April 9, his seven home runs is second in the conference for all games played while he leads conference sluggers with four homers in conference action ... Has a conference best .727 slugging percentage in league action ... In April, Macchi is hitting .500 (12-for-24) with two doubles and three home runs for 12 run batted in and a .958 slugging percentage ... He homered twice in a 5-for-5 outing for nine total RBIs to lead BC past Brown 17-4 April 5 ... 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 2-2 with a 5.85 ERA ... 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 .286 ... 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 ... now batting .333.

25 - Scott Lemone (So, C/DH) Now batting .304 with three doubles for two RBIs ... Made six starts in 12 game appearances ... Started two of three games played in Florida, went 3-for-6 with two runs scored and two runs driven in in that span ... 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 five appearances ... Registered his first win in his first collegiate start April 5 vs. Brown, gave up four runs on six hits in 3.0 innings ... Totaled 11.0 innings for a 7.36 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.

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

33 - Erik Olson (Sr, P) Owns a 6.05 ERA in 19.1 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 6.39 ERA in a team-high 43.2 innings with a 3-2 record ... In his most recent victory, scattered nine hits for six runs - three earned - in a seven-inning complete game at St. John's April 7 ... Threw 4.0 innings of hitless relief with a season-high seven strikeouts in BC's 4-3 extra-inning loss to Northeastern April 3 ... 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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