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Baseball Heads to Winston-Salem to Take on Wake Forest




April 18, 2013

Game Notes

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team travels to Winston-Salem, N.C., to play a three-game set with Wake Forest, still looking for its first Atlantic Coast conference wins. Friday's game will start at 6 p.m., Saturday's at 4 p.m. and Sunday's at 1 p.m. Sunday's game will be broadcast on the ACC Digital Network.

Ticket proceeds from the weekend series will be donated to The One Fund Boston, formed by Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick and Boston mayor Tom Menino to raise money to help the families most affected by Monday's Boston Marathon tragedy. General admission is $5 for all games. The Eagles (6-30, 0-17 ACC) will wear Boston Marathon decals on their helmets and black armbands in support of the victims and responders of Monday's events. A moment of silence will be observed before the game on Friday and "Sweet Caroline" be will be played during the game. Wake Forest staff members will also be on hand to accept contributions from fans who wish to donate during the weekend.

The Eagles lost a hard-fought, three-game home stand against 19th-ranked NC State last week, losing two of the games by one run. They also dropped a midweek game to Rhode Island, 3-2, in 10 innings.

The Demon Deacons (20-20, 4-14 ACC) dropped three games to Clemson in South Carolina last weekend, losing the series finale, 6-4, in 11 innings. They came back to take an 11-4 victory at UNC Greensboro on Tuesday.

The Eagles hold a 12-9 advantage in the series against the Deacs after sweeping the three-game set at home last year. BC is 2-7 when playing in Winston-Salem.

Last year, BC swept its first ACC series under head coach Mike Gambino. In the first game, BC tallied a 1-0 victory behind the arm of current senior RHP Hunter Gordon, who allowed a career-low two hits in 7.0 innings of shutout baseball. He struck out five and walked five while righty Matt Brazis tallied his fifth save of the season. Rob Moir drove senior OF Matt McGovern, who singled and moved to second on sacrifice bunt by sophomore INF Blake Butera for the only run of the game. In game two, the Eagles clinched the series with a 6-1 win in front of a record 2,286 fans at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond on the first ALS Awareness Day, honoring former player and current director of baseball operations Pete Frates `07. RHP Eric Stevens tallied the win, pitching 6.1 innings, allowing only four hits, one run and striking out five. He retired 10 straight batters from the fourth to the seventh. Combined with relievers graduate student LHP Nate Bayuk and sophomore RHP John Gorman, the Eagles' pitching staff did allow a walk on the day. Gorman tallied his third save, going two innings, striking out one and giving up one hit. BC wrapped it up with a 9-5 victory on Sunday. Sophomore RHP Geoffrey Murphy recorded the win, pitching three innings of scoreless relief. He allowed just one hit and one walk and struck out two. Gorman tallied his fourth save of the season. Butera led the way for the Eagles at the plate, going 3-for-4 with one run and two RBIs.

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCH UPS (BC listed first)
Friday: RHP Hunter Gordon (0-3, 4.18) vs. RHP Matt Pirro (3-5, 6.21)
Saturday: RHP Eric Stevens (0-8, 6.14) vs. RHP Justin Van Grouw (3-5, 3.88)
Sunday: LHP Andrew Chin (1-8, 4.57) vs. LHP Austin Stadler (5-2, 2.85)

WEEKEND WEATHER FORECAST:
Friday: Thunderstorms, highs in the high 70s and lows in the high 40s; S 19 mph; 90% chance of rain
Saturday:Partly cloudy, highs in the mid 60s and lows in the mid 40s; NNW 9 mph; 20% chance of rain
Sunday:Partly cloudy, highs in the mid 60s and lows in the low 40s; ENE 10 mph; 0% chance of rain

WAYS TO WATCH AND FOLLOW:
Twitter: @BCBirdball
GameTracker: Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Video Stream: Friday - Wake Stream (fee)
Saturday - Wake Stream (fee)
Sunday - ACC Digital Network
Postgame Interviews: YouTube

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