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Baseball Hosts Virginia Tech for Last Home Series




May 2, 2013

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball hosts No. 25 Virginia Tech in a three-game series to wrap up its home conference schedule. Friday's game is slated for 2:30 p.m. while Saturday will feature BC's Second Annual ALS Awareness Game beginning just before the 1:30 p.m. startime. Sunday's 1 p.m. game will honor the seven seniors prior to first pitch.

The Eagles (10-35, 2-21 ACC) are on a three-game win streak and have won four of their last five games. They took two-of-three from Miami over the weekend, earning their first ACC wins of the year, and kept it hot, defeating Harvard and Rhode Island in nonconference games on Monday and Tuesday.

The Hokies (28-18, 11-13 ACC) took two- of-three from fifth-ranked Virginia, falling in the first game, but coming back to win a doubleheader on Saturday. They also earned a 4-3 win at Ratford on Tuesday.

Since 2001, the Hokies have a slight 15-14 edge in the series between the two squads, but the Eagles are 9-3 in the friendly confines of Shea Field. Head coach Mike Gambino is 2-4 against the team he was once an assistant with and BC is 2-1 in extra innings against VT.

Last year, the Hokies took all three games of the series in Blacksburg, all by a score of 8-4. In the first game, current sophomore INF Blake Butera and senior OF Matt McGovern went 2-for-4. Junior RHP Eric Stevens shouldered the loss as he went 4.1 innings, allowed seven hits, eight runs - seven earned - five walks and two strikeouts. The Eagles held a lead through four and a half innings and regained it in the sixth, but the Hokies went ahead by one in the seventh and increasing the lead to four in the eighth. Senior RHP Hunter Gordon went six innings, allowed 11 hits and five runs, walked two and struck out one. The third game saw BC lead twice, the two teams tied it twice and VT lead once before taking the eventual lead for good. Butera tallied a single up the middle in his last at bat in the ninth to record 13 game hit streak, marking the longest streak of the season for the Eagles. Taylor Lasko recorded the loss, as he went 4.1 innings, allowed 10 hits, six runs, two walks and struck out three.

Saturday's game will be the Second Annual ALS Awareness Game as BC is raising awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease in honor of former player and current director of baseball operations Pete Frates `07 and BC assistant director of athletics - media relations Dick Kelley. At last year's ALS Game, a record 2,286 fans came out to support Frates and the Eagles.

Frates was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in March 2012 at 27 years old. A Beverly, Mass., native, he played in the outfield for the Maroon and Gold from 2004-07. A captain his senior year, he tied for the team lead in 2007 with five home runs to go along with 27 RBIs. He finished his BC career with 107 starts, a .228 average, 88 hits, 56 RBIs, 11 home runs and 34 stolen bases.

Before the start of the game, BC head coach Mike Gambino and Virginia Tech head coach Pete Hughes, who was Frates' head coach for three years at BC, will present Frates and his family with a check to the Pete Frates #3 Fund, set up to help with medical care and costs while battling the disease. The teams fundraised on their own leading up to the game.

Four organizations the Frates family has worked with - Prize4Life, the ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter, The Angel Fund and ALS TDI - will all be on hand with information. A prize of four tickets to an upcoming Red Sox game, BC and Strikeout ALS gear will be raffled off to benefit these four groups. ALS Bracelets will be sold for $1 before and during the game against the Hokies with proceeds going to the ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter. Strikeout ALS clothing and memorabilia will be sold during the game to benefit the Pete Frates #3 Fund.

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCH UPS (BC listed first)
Friday: RHP Hunter Gordon (1-4, 3.51) vs. LHP Joe Mantiply (4-0, 3.64)
Saturday: RHP Eric Stevens (0-10, 6.42) vs. RHP Devin Burke (7-3, 3.73)
Sunday: LHP Andrew Chin (1-8, 4.30) vs. TBA

WEEKEND WEATHER FORECAST:
Friday: Mostly sunny, highs in the high 50s and lows in the low 40s; NE at 15 mph
Saturday: Sunny, highs in the low 60s and lows in the high 30s; NE 11 mph
Sunday:Sunny, highs in the mid 60s and lows in the low 40s; ESE 7 mph

WAYS TO FOLLOW:
Twitter:@BCBirdball
GameTracker: Friday , Saturday and Sunday
WZBC Radio: Friday (AM) and Saturday & Sunday (90.3 FM)
Postgame Interviews: YouTube

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