April 24, 2001
Today's Games ...
Boston College welcomes Northeastern to Shea Field Tuesday April 24. It is the second of three games betweeen the two teams, slated for the 2001 season.
The Series ...
Northeastern University snapped its 11-game losing streak with an extra-innings 4-3 victory over visiting Boston College Tuesday April 3. Ben Beck's only hit of the day produced the game-winning run for the Huskies. With one out in the 10th inning, Beck tripled to right center to drive home Coley O'Donnell, who singled off the eventual losing pitcher, Mark Sullivan.
BC squandered its chances in the half inning before when Ryan Leahy at third and Eric Wright at second remained idle as Brian Durkin grounded to third to end the inning.
The Eagles outhit Northeastern 12-5 and left just as many runners stranded on base (nine). The hosts scored once in the first inning and twice in the second off BC starter Jed Rogers for the 3-0 edge. Two passed balls, a wild pitch and Omar Pena's two-run double inflicted much harm to the Eagles' cause early on.
Chris Gannon relieved Rogers in the third to spur on an Eagle comeback. The senior southpaw threw 4.0 innings of hitless relief with a season-high seven strikeouts while BC put three runs on the board in the fourth. Brian Macchi, Jarett Mendoza and Jeff Mackor each had run-scoring singles in that frame but Macchi's 8-2 base-running out at the plate proved to be costly.
BC's Last Time Out ...
The Eagles went 1-2 at Rutgers April 21-22, however, Saturday's 4-2 victorious decision provided BC with its first win over the Scarlet Knights in five years and third in the 55-year series history (3-12). In that game, Gannon (4-2) allowed only eight hits and one earned run in 9.0 innings with six strikeouts and three walks. After giving up four of his eight hits in the first two innings, Gannon retired the side in the next three stanzas, including three batters on strikes in the third. Rutgers scored a run then loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth but Gannon thwarted the late offensive surge by getting Matt Wolski to ground out into a fielder's choice play.
Rutgers stymied the Eagle offense to four hits in the opening game of the series to take the 5-2 win. On Sunday, the third game was scoreless through 4.5 innings until Rutgers erupted with four runs on five hits to mount a staggering 4-0 lead. BC put up a pair of runs in the sixth inning. Jarett Mendoza struck a two-out, two-run single that sent the Rutgers' starting pitcher - and game-winner -, Tom Crohan, to the bench. That was one of eight hits he allowed in his 5.2-inning stint.
The Eagles squandered chances throughout the game, placing the leadoff batter on base in five of nine innings. They matched Rutgers' nine hits in the game. Defense early in the contest kept the two teams close. Jeff Mackor threw out three consecutive Rutgers runners in stolen base attempts in the first four innings. In the second inning alone, two of the three outs were putouts at the plate, preserving the scoreless tie.
Milford's Macchi ...
Brian Macchi homered six times in eleven games from April 5 - 18, in which span the junior 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 seven games played in the friendly confines of Shea Field. In those contests, 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.
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 23 free passes in 38 games this season and hit by a pitch six 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.
Coach Hughes ...
Pete Hughes is in his third season as the Eagles' head coach. He will coach his 141st career game as the BC skipper (80-60-1) on Tuesday vs. Northeastern. His career record stands at 132-90-1. 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 3.93 ERA ... Has an 0-1 record with three saves (save total is fourth in the BIG EAST through April 22) ... Made 15 appearances, tied for first on the team, for 18.1 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 15 games this year ... Totaled a 2-4 record and one save for a 3.97 ERA ... Limited Rutgers to two hits in 2-4 loss, throwing 3.0 innings of relief with two strikeouts .... 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)
Has a record of 1-2 and 4.68 ERA ... 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 five starts in 15 games as the third baseman ... Hit a sacrifice fly and walked twice in 4-2 loss to Rutgers ... 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 .250 in 40 at bats for six RBIs ... Started 12 games in 23 appearances ... Powered a sacrifice fly vs. Rutgers April 21 ... 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 .266, 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 .297, leads the team with 14 doubles ... Through April 22, is fifth in the league for walks (23) ... 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 .355, second among starters ... Hits a team-high .386 in BIG EAST play (fifth in the league) with 17 hits (four doubles, one home run) and nine RBIs ... Notched three hits in five games, most recently vs. Rutgers ... 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 1-4 record and 5.54 ERA in 39.0 innings ... Took the hard-luck loss vs. Rutgers, gave up only four runs on five hits in 5.2 innings of work ... 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 .284 ... Batting .316 in BIG EAST play, third on the team ... Leads all Eagles with 16 stolen bases in 2001, surpassing his three-year career total of 18 ... Reached base safely in his first 12 consecutive games ... Through April 22, finished fourth in stolen bases (16) 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 ..265 ... Has a four-game hit streak and notched at least one RBI in the last three games ... Batting .259 in league play with 12 RBIs (tied for the team lead) ... In three games at Rutgers, Mendoza hit .444 with four RBIs ... 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 .270 ... Threw out three basestealers in 4-2 loss to Rutgers April 22 ... 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.
21 - Paul Knapic (Jr, P)
Now owns a 3.86 ERA in 25.2 innings ... Went 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in Florida ... Struck out at least six batters in 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 .360 with 40 RBIs (third in the BIG EAST) ... Through April 22, leads the conference in three categories: slugging percentage in conference play (..692), home runs for all games (10) and home runs in conference action (5)... Is second among league sluggers in slugging percentage for all games (.640) ... 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 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 3-3 with a 5.31 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 .229 with three doubles and one home run for five RBIs ... Made 10 starts in 18 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 5.71 ERA in a team-high 58.1 innings with a 4-2 record ... In his most recent victory, Allowed only eight hits and one earned run in 9.0 innings with six strikeouts and three walks ... 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.