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Eagles Continue Beanpot Tourney Play

April 25, 2000

BEANPOT HISTORY: Boston College is 11-7-1 overall in the Beanpot Tournament. The Eagles have claimed the championship four times (1990, 1992, 1993, 1999) since the tournament's birth in 1990. BC won three of the first four titles. In Beanpot play, BC squads have compiled a 5-2-0 record vs. Northeastern, a 4-2-1 mark against Harvard, 1-2-0 mark against the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and 1-1-0 vs. Boston University. BC is 6-5 in the tournament's first round, 4-2 in championship competition and 1-0-1 in the consolation round.

FIRST ROUND: Steve Langone hit a solo home run in the ninth inning as BC fell 4-1 to the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Monday in Pawtucket, R.I.

Jaime Quiros, who recorded the loss, pitched 4.0 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits with five walks. Brendan Nolan struck out three and allowed three hits in 4.0 innings of relief.

Langone had two hits in the afternoon, including his third home run of the Beanpot Tournament (two in 1999) while Mike Gambino, Mike Quirk and Neal McCarthy each had a hit.

UMass' Kevin O'Connell drove in a pair of runs in a two-for-three day. Aaron Senez belted three hits with one RBI, and Mike Kulak plated the other run.

1999 BEANPOT TOURNEY: Steve Langone went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs to lead Boston College to a 4-2 win over UMass-Amherst in the 1999 Beanpot Tournament's championship game. The pitcher/designated hitter earned Tournament MVP honors after picking up the victory on the mound in a 9-7 win against Northeastern in the first round and then hitting the game-winning home run in the title game.

Langone and senior Sean McGowan smacked back-to-back home runs that cleared the Green Monster to tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Langone powered his 10th round tripper of the spring - a two-run shot - that sealed the title in the seventh inning.

Mike Hubbard and Eric Olson went 2-for-3 for BC. On the mound, Jaime Quiros and Erik Olson held the Minutemen to two runs on eight hits. Olson hurled 3.1 innings to earn the win.

BC/HARVARD: The Eagles escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Harvard 4-3 Thursday (April 13) in Cambridge. BC got 7.0 strong innings from starter Paul Knapic and 12 hits to key the victory. Knapic struck out a career-high nine batters while allowing just five hits and two runs (one earned). He walked six as Harvard stranded 12 men on base. Four of Knapic's nine strikeouts came with the bases loaded.

BC went ahead 3-2 in the seventh, thanks to Eric Olson's seventh home run of the year. Langone scored the decisive run on a wild pitch in the eighth inning.

BC's LAST TIME OUT: Boston College seniors Steve Langone (6-2) and Andy Sullivan (4-0) recorded wins on the mound as BC swept visiting St. John's University 2-1 and 9-1 to earn a school-record 27 wins in a season. BC eclipsed the school standard of 26 victories, set in 1999, to improve to 27-13 overall and 8-9 in the BIG EAST Conference.

The last time BC won a series with St. John's was April 22-23 of 1989 when the Eagles took two out of three games in Jamaica, N.Y. (L 7-3, W 5-3, W 11-5).

In game one's pitching duel, Sullivan allowed only seven hits in 7.0 innings with two walks and six strikeouts. His Red Storm counterpart, Kevin McGerry, surrendered two earned runs on three hits in 6.0 innings with three K's. In the sixth inning, Langone singled in Hubbard then Joe Kealty drove in Mike Gambino on a sacrifice fly for the decisive run in the same frame.

Langone pitched a complete game in the nightcap. He scattered four hits, allowing one earned run with eight strikeouts in 9.0 innings. Mike Quirk and Joe Kealty contributed three hits each.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING: Last Thursday (April 20), Boston College set a school record with 27 victories in one season. Just eight days earlier, Head Coach Pete Hughes collected his 100th career win with a two-game sweep of Vermont.

STREAKING: The Eagles held a three-game win streak prior to their loss to the Minutemen. However, from April 9-13, BC won six consecutive games for the first time since 1997. BC has won five-straight contests three times in 2000.

BAY STATE BATTLES: BC is 3-1 against Massachusetts schools in 2000. The Eagles' only lost to an instate school came in the first round of the Beanpot when BC fell 4-1 to UMass-Amherst. The Eagles defeated Stonehill College 9-4 on March 14, Harvard 4-3 on April 13, and Holy Cross 13-2 on April 18.

BATTING BOTH WAYS: BC sluggers registered a season-high 21 hits in a 13-2 victory over Holy Cross April 18. The next game, the Eagles matched a season-low three hits - for the fifth time - in a 2-1 win over St. John's April 20. Twice, BC pitchers have allowed a season-high 17 hits while Eagle hurlers limited Buffalo to a season-low two hits March 4.

The Eagles are 20-4, when they accumulate double-digit hit totals. BC was 5-10 in the 15 occasions when they allowed 10-plus hits from their opponents. Nevertheless, when the Eagles limit the opposing batters to less than 10 hits, BC has left victorious in 22 of 26 games.

AT LAST BAT: In addition to the Eagles' successful late-inning effort in the 2-1 victory over St. John's April 20, Eagle batters have come through in the final offensive frame eight times.

In BC's 9-8 win over Seton Hall (April 15), Eric Olson singled in Neal McCarthy, who led off the 11th inning with a double, for the decisive run.

Brian Durkin keyed two victories over Villanova. The sophomore hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning, snapping a 3-3 tie and lifting BC to a 5-3 victory in game one (April 1).

BC trailed 5-4 entering the ninth inning, but then rallied for four runs in its final at-bat. Villanova scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to account for the 8-7 score in game two with the Wildcats. Jarett Mendoza gave BC the lead with a two-run double, and Durkin registered a two-run single to add to the Eagle advantage.

In the third game of the Villanova series, McCarthy hit a two-out, RBI triple in the top of the ninth inning to score Mike Quirk in BC's 7-6 triumph.

Earlier in the season, BC pulled off two other last-minute miracles when Mendoza powered a game-ending single to score Hubbard, allowing BC to win 3-2 over Buffalo March 4 in Fort Myers, Fla. On that same trip, the Eagles added the deciding run in the eighth inning against Mount St. Mary's to double its lead (2-0), and then held the visitors to one run in the top of the ninth where the game ended.

COACH HUGHES: Entering the 2000 season, BC head coach Pete Hughes was ranked 50th (78 victories) among NCAA Division I skippers under the age of 45. He has a 105-65-1 career record and 53-35-1 mark at the Heights.

Prior to leading the Eagles to a school-record 26 victories (26-21-1) in 1999, the 32-year-old Brockton, Mass. native coached Trinity University (Texas), where the Tigers established a school victory standard of 33-11 in 1998. Trinity went 19-19 in Hughes' first year as coach (1997).

In the list, Hughes follows BIG EAST coaches Paul Mainieri of Notre Dame (11th, 361 victories). West Virginia's Greg Van Zant (153 victories) and St. John's Ed Blankmeyer (123 wins) fall at 34 and 40, respectively. Pittsburgh mentor Joe Jordano trails Hughes at 55th with 39 wins.

LAUDABLE LANGONE: Through April 24, Langone is batting .345 with 16 doubles and four home runs. The utility player is also leading the Eagle pitching staff in innings pitched (61.0) with a 6-2 record and 1.26 ERA. His strikeout to walk ratio is 9 to 1 (54 strikeouts, six walks). In the last 22.0 innings, Langone has surrendered only three earned runs. He threw a complete game, allowing no earned runs in BC's 11-1 victory over Notre Dame April 9. Through April 16th, Langone was ranked 10th nationally in ERA (1.73).

Q-MAN: Jaime Quiros is 1-1 on the hill for the Eagles with a 3.08 ERA. He fanned a career-high 10 batters and surrendered no runs to defeat Albany 1-0, April 11. The senior hurler has allowed only 20 hits with 24 strikeouts in 25.0 innings of work.

GARRISON's GAMBINO: One of three Eagles to have started all 41 games, Mike Gambino is batting .380 with eight doubles, one triple and two home runs for 21 RBIs. The Garrison, N.Y. native was named BIG EAST Player of the Week for his play during April 2-9. Gambino hit 12-for-19 (.632) with nine runs scored and six RBIs, including one triple and one home run on the week. He also scored the game-winning run in BC's 6-5 victory over Brown in its final at bat on Thursday, April 6. Gambino extended his hitting streak to 20 games - where it ended - while going 8-for-12 in a three-game series at Notre Dame (April 8-9). His batting average jumped 34 points to .400 on the Indiana trip.

THE OUTFIELD: Jarett Mendoza, Neal McCarthy and Mike Quirk have not only bolstered the outfield defensively, but each player has made an impact offensively. As of April 24, Mendoza is batting .323 with 12 doubles, one triple and five home runs. The 40-game starter leads the team in RBIs with 28.

Left fielder Neal McCarthy is hitting .320 with four doubles and two triples for 23 RBIs. He leads the team with 12 stolen bases. McCarthy has keyed several late-inning victories, including a leadoff double in the 11th (and final) inning of BC's 9-8 victory over Seton Hall. He singled in the game-winning run against Brown and hit a two-out, RBI triple, lifting BC to a 7-6 win on April 2 over Villanova.

Mike Quirk, now batting .299 with 12 doubles, went 3-for-5 in BC's 9-1 victory over St. John's on April 20. He has six assists from his right field position.

MIGHTY MACKOR: Sophomore catcher Jeff Mackor, batting .336 with eight doubles and four home runs, has thrown out 21 would-be basestealers in 46 attempts.

SACRIFICIAL LAMB: Junior Joe Kealty leads the team with four sacrifice flies. He is batting .317 with seven doubles and four home runs for 25 RBIs. Recently, Kealty went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in BC's 9-1 victory over St. John's April 20.

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