April 20, 2001
This Weekend's Games ... Boston College travels to Piscataway, N. J. for a three-game BIG EAST series with Rutgers (30-11, 11-6) April 21-22. Saturday's doubleheader begins at noon and the third game of the series will be also be held at noon on Sunday.
The Series ... The Rutgers showdown has not been favorable to BC in the past. The Eagles have won one of the last 11 contests in the series dating back to 1996. BC's only win came in the second meeting, a 10-8 decision, on April 27, 1996 in New Jersey.
Rutgers defeated the host Eagles 7-1, 10-2 and 17-12 in 2000 on its way to becoming the BIG EAST regular season and tournament champions.
BC's Last Time Out ... Brian Macchi slammed his 10th home run in BC's 6-1 loss to Harvard Wednesday April 18 in Chestnut Hill. The BC bats were quiet for most of the game. Macchi, Joe Kealty, Josh DiScipio and Jarett Mendoza combined for four BC hits through 9.0 innings. Defensively, Jeff Mackor threw out three candidates for stolen bases. He has now caught 24 of 60 would-be basestealers.
Harvard scored once in each of the first three innings and extended the advantage with two more runs in the sixth. Matthew Duffey suffered the loss for BC, despite retiring a career-high six batters on strikeouts.
Milford's Macchi ... Brian Macchi has homered six times in the last eleven games, in which span the junior has also accumulated half of his 40 RBIs on the season. Macchi slammed his 15th career home run - sixth on BC's all-time career list - in the Eagles' 6-1 loss to Harvard April 18. He is also one home run shy of former teammate Eric Olson for third in the single season category (11).
It's Good to Be Home ... BC has won five of its last seven games, all of which were played in the friendly confines of Shea Field. In those games, BC manufactured a .459 slugging percentage, gaining 23 extra-base hits (14 doubles, one triple and eight home runs). Captain Mike Hubbard topped all Eagle thieves with four - of 10 - stolen bases. Jeff Mackor allowed only four stolen bases in 10 attempts while also helping BC to five total pickoffs.
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 35 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 currently has 169 hits for sole possession of eighth place, one shy of Mike Quirk `00 at 170. In ninth place, with 168 hits, is Mike Hubbard. The two surpassed their former assistant coach, Brian Sankey, who belted 166 hits in his career (1993-96). In the same category, Mendoza ranks 11th (158). Kealty's 103 career RBIs places him seventh. Another home run for Jarett Mendoza will entitle him to a share of seventh overall on the career home run leaders list, the center fielder currently owns 13. Brian Macchi's four-base knack in 2001 has shot him into sixth place on the career home run list (15). He is fourth in the single season category (10).
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 138th career game as the BC skipper (79-58-1) on Saturday vs. Rutgers. His career record stands at 131-88-1. 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 4.00 ERA ... Has an 0-1 record with three saves ... Made 14 appearances, tied for first, for 18.0 innings ... Garnered the saves in back-to-back appearances Albany and Dartmouth ... 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 14 games this year ... Totaled a 2-4 record and one save for a 4.35 ERA ... Gave up only two hits in his 3.1-inning stint to register the win vs. Connecticut April 14 ... Allowed three runs on eight hits with four strikeouts vs. Georgetown March 25 as the last-minute starter for the loss ... 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) Batting .295 ... 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 ... Surrendered only three earned runs on seven hits in 7.0 innings for the first win ... Struck out a career-high six batters in loss to Harvard April 18 ... 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 .313 in 32 at bats for five RBIs ... Started nine games in 20 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 .271, second on the team with 11 doubles ... Through April 9, ranked eighth among league leaders with 26 runs batted in ... 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 .302, leads the team with 13 doubles ... Through April 16, is fourth in the league for walks (22) ... Doubled three times in BC's 4-1 win over Dartmouth, drove in three of the four runs ... 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 .339, second among starters... 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.
12 - Jed Rogers (Sr, P) Has a 1-3 record and 5.40 ERA in 33.1 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 his first 12 consecutive games ... Through April 16, finished seventh in stolen bases (13) and eighth in runs scored (32) in the BIG EAST ... 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 .252 ... Went 2-for-5 with four RBIs in BC's 12-8 win over Connecticut April 14 ... 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.
18 - Jeff Mackor (Jr, C) Now hitting .276 ... From April 9 - 14, hit .417 with two home runs and seven RBIs ... 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) Made first collegiate start April 18 vs. Harvard ... 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 .363 with 40 (third in the BIG EAST) RBIs ... Through April 16, leads the conference in three categories: slugging percentage (.661) for all games, slugging percentage in conference play (.775) and home runs in conference action (5)... Is second in home runs for all games ... From April 1 - 9, Macchi hit .500 (12-for-24) with two doubles and three home runs for 12 runs 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 3-2 with a 5.06 ERA ... Allowed only three hits and one unearned run in BC's 4-1 victory over Dartmouth April 17 ... 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 ... Offensively, is now batting .259 ... Contributed a pair of hits vs. West Virginia, Brown and Rhode Island.
24 - Eric Wright (Fr, OF) Now batting .250... 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 .258 with three doubles and one home run for five RBIs ... Made nine starts in 16 game appearances ... Belted his first collegiate home run April 14 vs. Connecticut ... 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 seven appearances with a 4.95 ERA ... Registered his first win in his first collegiate start April 5 vs. Brown, gave up four runs on six hits in 3.0 innings ... Earned his second mound victory, with 7.0 innings of work vs. Rhode Island April 11 ... 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) Allowed only one hit in 3.0 innings of scoreless relief vs. UConn April 14 ... Threw 3.0 innings with five career-high strikeouts for a save vs. Monmouth.
33 - Erik Olson (Sr, P) Owns a 4.44 ERA in 26.1 innings and 3-0 record ... Notched the win vs. Albany April 10 ... 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 6.57 ERA in a team-high 49.1 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.