May 11, 2001
Today's Game ... Boston College welcomes the University of Notre Dame (43-8-1, 20-3) to Chestnut Hill, Mass. for a three-game series. Saturday's doubleheader and Sunday's nine-inning contest both begin at noon.
The Series ... Boston College rides a three-game victory string over ND - carried over from 2000 - into the 2001 BIG EAST series. However, Notre Dame leads the overall series 12-5. In the 2000 conference regular season meetings, BC dropped the first two contests 12-1, 10-6 on April 8 - 9 in Indiana but rallied behind Steve Langone's pitching and Mike Gambino's bat for the 11-1 victory in game three.
BC pulled out a late-game miracle to clip Notre Dame in the opening round of the 2000 BIG EAST Tournament. Mike Quirk hit a two-out, two-run, opposite field home run in the ninth inning for the 4-3 victory May 17. On the verge of elimination, Brendan Nolan pitched his first career complete-game and the Eagle batters erased a 5-2 deficit for the 6-5 win when the whistle blew. Joe Kealty hit the game-winning sacrifice fly.
In 2000, Chris Rosado topped all Eagle batters with a .625 batting average (5-for-8) against Notre Dame. Jeff Mackor had five hits in 13 at bats (.385), and Joe Kealty's six hits (.333) produced seven runs batted in.
BC's Last Time Out ... Boston College earned its first series win and sweep over Seton Hall (11-9, 5-3, 3-2) May 5-6 in Chestnut Hill. The three wins extended the Eagles win streak to nine games. BC owned an eight-game victory string from March 3 - 11 of this year, its longest since1977.
Chris Rosado laid down a suicide-squeeze bunt to drive in Vinny Scavone for the 3-2, 14th-inning victory over Seton Hall in game two. BC got a strong start from Matt Lederhos, who gave up six hits and two earned runs in 9.0 innings of work while fanning eight batters. He retired 12 consecutive batters from the fourth to the eighth inning. Mark Sullivan, who entered in the 10th, surrendered only two hits in 5.0 solid innings of work for the win. The Pirates threatened in the 11th when Casey Grimm powered a one-out triple. Brian Leighton was intentionally walked placing runners at the corners before his brother, Kevin, struck out swinging. The next batter, Joe Scott, was also issued a free pass to load the bases before Sullivan fanned Adam Arslanian to shut the door.
After Joe Cuervo came home on a wild pitch in the first contest Sunday, Lederhos scored an unearned run thanks to Brian Macchi's single up the middle, knotting the game at one after one. Lederhos returned the favor by plating Leahy in the third to tie the score at 2-2. The teams traded runs in the fourth inning, but Joe Kealty launched a two-run single during the fifth for the 5-3 lead. Jed Rogers picked up his third win. He gave up three runs on seven hits in 5.0 innings. Sullivan preserved the two-run advantage in the ninth for his fifth save of the season.
And the Award Goes To ... For the second-consecutive week, an Eagle was recognized by the conference. Mark Sullivan earned BIG EAST Player-of-the-Week honors after registering two wins and two saves for a 0.84 ERA (April 30 - May 7). He pitched the last five frames of BC's 3-2, 14-inning win over Seton Hall Sunday, surrendering only two hits and no runs. He struck out seven of the 20 batters that he faced. In 7.2 total innings against the Pirates, Sullivan allowed only six hits and fanned 11 batters, picking up a win and two saves. The junior right-hander notched his other win this past week in the Beanpot Championship. He surrendered only one earned run on three hits in 3.0 innings of work against UMass. Jeff Mackor received the Player of the Week nod (April 22-29).
Go Long ... Five different Eagle sluggers crushed a total of nine home runs in the weekend series vs. Villanova. In addition to Mackor's three home runs on the day, Matt Lederhos stroked his first and second collegiate home runs Saturday April 28. Joe Kealty and Brian Macchi each added a dinger in the series while Ryan Leahy drove in the game-winning tally on his first home run of the season in April 28's 6-4 win. Earlier in the week, Brian Macchi hit a career-high three home runs in one game April 25 vs. Maine.
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 homered three times to drive in five runs on April 25. He also pushed across nine runs at Brown April 5. That was the biggest RBI production by an Eagle since Macchi himself knocked in 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.
Coach Hughes ... Pete Hughes is in his third season as the Eagles' head coach. He will coach his 151th career game as the BC skipper (89-61-1) on Saturday vs. Notre Dame. His career record stands at 141-91-1. 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.
Current Eagles Climbing the Record Books ...
CAREER HITS LEADERS 1. Sean McGowan '99 208 2. Michael Martin '94 205 3. Jeff Waldron '99 198 4. Joe Kealty `01 186 5. Mike Hubbard `01 179 6. Kevin Penwell '97 177 7. Jarett Mendoza `01 169 8. Brian Sankey '96 166 9. Chris Taylor '93 151 Joe Hayward '93 151
CAREER RBI LEADERS 1. Sean McGowan '99 184 2. Brian Sankey '96 120 3. Steve Langone '00 117 4. Joe Kealty `01 114 5. Jeff Waldron '99 111 6. Joe Hayward '93 110 7. Jarett Mendoza `01 109 8. Chris Taylor '93 99 9. Gregg Radachowsky '90 97 SINGLE-SEASON 1. Sean McGowan '99 70 (1999) 2. Sean McGowan '99 55 (1998) 3. Sean McGowan '99 55 (1997) 4. Brian Macchi `02 53 (2001) 5. Joe Hayward '93 49 (1991)
CAREER HOME RUN LEADERS 1. Sean McGowan '99 53 2. Steve Langone '00 30 3. Eric Olson '00 24 4. Brian Macchi `02 20 5. Gregg Radachowsky '90 19 6. Chris Taylor '93 17 Joe Hayward '93 17 7. Jarett Mendoza '01 15 8. Sean Curtin '96 14
2001 PLAYERS NOTES
1 - Matt Elfeldt (So, P) Owns a 4.26 ERA ... Has an 0-1 record with three saves (save total is fifth in the BIG EAST through May 7) ... Made 20 appearances for 25.2 innings ... Totaled 33 strikeouts and only seven walks ... Garnered the saves in back-to-back appearances (Albany and Dartmouth) ... Preserved BC's 2-0 shutout of W&M after striking out two of the five batters that 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 23 games this year with a 3.10 ERA (eighth among BIG EAST hurlers for all games through May 7) in 49.1 innings ... Totaled a 5-4 record and five saves (save total is fifth in the BIG EAST through May 7) ... His 2.08 ERA in conference action and three saves in league play both rank third through May 7 ... From April 30 - May 6, he posted two wins and two saves ... In 7.2 total innings vs. the Pirates, where he picked up a win and two saves, he allowed only six hits and fanned 11 batters ... He struck out seven of the 20 batters that he faced in BC's 14-inning, 3-2 win over Seton Hall Sunday May 6 ... Gave up one earned run on three hits for the win to give BC the Beanpot Championship over UMass Wednesday May 2 ... Pitched a hitless ninth to earn the win vs. Villanova April 29 ... Picked up saves in BC's 6-4 win over the Wildcats April 28 and 12-10 victory over Maine April 25 ... 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 ... 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 ... Shares a team-high total of five sacrifice hits ... His seven stolen bases in league play tops the team while listed as fifth in the BIG EAST ... From April 29 - May 6, hit .438 with seven hits, four stolen bases and eight runs scored ... Scored two runs in BC's 3-2 win over SHU May 6 ... Went 2-for-3, including a triple, with two RBIs in 12-1 win over NU May 1 ... Plated game-winning run on his first home run of the season in BC's 6-4 win over Villanova April 28 ... 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 5.23 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 his first win, Albany ... 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 six starts in 20 appearances as the third baseman/shortstop ... Went 2-for-4 with three runs scored in BC's 12-1 Beanpot win over Northeastern ... 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 26 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 ... Pushed across one run in the BC/Red Sox game.
7 - Chris Rosado (Sr, C/U) Is currently batting .261, his 13 doubles is second on the team ... Laid down a suicide-squeeze bunt to plate the game-winning run vs. Seton Hall Sunday May 6 ... Went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in Beanpot Championship game vs. UMass... 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 .309, leads the team with 15 doubles .... One of three Eagles to start all 48 games ... Through May 7, is fourth in the league with 29 walks in all games ... Went 4-for-13 with a team-high five runs driven in during the Seton Hall series ... Drove in three runs in BC's 12-1 win over NU May 1 ... 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 six times. 10 - Brian Durkin (Jr, OF/1B) Currently batting .381, first among starters and fifth in the BIG EAST through May 7 ... His .406 mark in conference action is fourth ... Listed fourth in the league in home runs (eight), slugging percentage (.618) and on base percentage (.452) ... Hit safely in 38 of 46 games ... Has a 12-game hit streak ... Amassed 15 multiple-hit games, powered three hits in a game seven times ... Slammed a home run into the right center field bullpen at Fenway during BC's 10-5 win over UMass ...Went 4-for-5 vs. Maine April 25 ... Hit in nine-consecutive games from March 9-23 ... Mounted a .393 batting average (.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.
11 - Matt O'Donnell (Fr, P] Has not given up a hit in 4.0 innings pitched ... Has struck out four of his 12 batters and walked none.
12 - Jed Rogers (Sr, P] Has a 3-4 record and 5.02 ERA in 52.0 innings ... Led BC to 5-3 win over Seton Hall May 6, surrendering three runs on seven hits ... Pitched a 7.0-inning complete game for the win April 28 vs. Villanova, allowing only two runs and fanning six batters ... Took the hard-luck loss vs. Rutgers, gave up four earned runs on five hits in 5.2 innings of work ... 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 March 18, where he surrendered four runs - two earned - on 11 hits in 8.1 innings.
15 - Mike Hubbard (Sr, SS) Now hitting .274 ... Leads all Eagles with 18 stolen bases in 2001, tying his three-year total of 18 ... Reached base safely in 39 of 47 games, including 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 .253 ... His 18 RBIs in league play is tied for first with Macchi ... Batting .349 in 63 at bats with runners in scoring position ... Owns a team-high total of eight sacrificial hits (three flyballs, five bunts) ... Plated the game-winning run on his three-run home run vs. Maine April 25 ... 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 and had four multiple-hit games ... 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 .284 ... Ranks third in the conference with five home runs in league play through May 7 ... Accumulated a team-high 23, two-out RBIs ... Drove in five total runs in the Beanpot Tournament, had a three-run double vs. UMass and brought home two runs, including the game-winner in the 12-1 win over NU ... Went 7-for-10 with four home runs in three-game series with Villanova, named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week ... 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.
20 - Vinny Scavone (So, 1B) Now hitting .286 with four hits in 14 at bats ... Doubled to lead off the 14th inning and scored the game-winning run on a suicide play to give BC the 3-2 win over Seton Hall.
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) One of three Eagles to start all 48 games ... Now batting .376 (seventh in the BIG EAST) with 53 RBIs (third in the league) ... Through May 7, leads the conference in three categories: home runs for all games (15), total bases for all games (124) and slugging percentage for all games (.697) ... Is also second among league hitters in conference action with six home runs and .654 slugging percentage ... Hitting .359 with 18 RBIs in conference play ... Totaled 18 multiple-hit games and 13 multiple-RBI games ... Stroked three hits in a game six times ... Had three home runs and five total RBIs in BC's 12-10 win over Maine April 25 ... 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.
23 - Matt Lederhos (So, P/OF) Has a record of 3-3 with a 4.66 ERA ... Totaled 56 strikeouts to date ... In 9.0 innings, surrendered two earned runs on six hits with eight strikeouts in a no decision with Seton Hall May 6... 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 ... 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 .266 ... Went 2-for-4 with three RBIs vs. Brown April 5 ... Went 5-for-13 with two runs scored and three RBIs in the three-game series with Seton Hall ... Homered twice in doubleheader vs. Villanova April 28 ... Has seven multiple-hit games.
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 .200 with three doubles and one home run for five RBIs ... Made 11 starts in 21 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 ten appearances with a 4.26 ERA and 3-1 record with 25.1 innings ... Did not allow a run in 3.0 total innings of work at the Beanpot Tournament ... 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, gave up one earned run on five hits ... 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 5.80 ERA in 35.2 innings and 5-1 record ... Registered the win over NU May 1 at the Beanpot Tournament, one run on two hits ... Posted a win vs. Villanova April 28 ... 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 5.81 ERA in a team-high 69.2 innings with a 5-2 record ... His 60 strikeouts is ninth in the league for all games ... Posted a victory, giving up 10 hits in 5.1 innings with six runs - five earned - to Seton Hall May 5 ... Allowed only eight hits and one earned run in 9.0 innings with six strikeouts and three walks for the victory at Rutgers ... Scattered nine hits for six runs - three earned - in a seven-inning complete game at St. John's April 7 for the win ... 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.