Baseball Earns All-BIG EAST Awards
May 17, 2001
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - - Boston College placed five Eagles on the All-BIG EAST conference teams in an announcement made by the league Wednesday, May 16. All five baseball players were distinguished with the postseason awards for the first time in their careers.
The Eagles finished their season at 29-22-0 overall and 11-13-0, eighth in the conference. BC won 10 of its last 12 games, a stretch that included seven victories in nine opportunities vs. BIG EAST foes. The only two losses came against then second-ranked Notre Dame May 12.
After receiving preseason All-BIG EAST honors, Jeff Mackor (Salem, N.H.) lived up to the billing with a First Team nod in 2001. He hit .285 on the season for the team's second-best RBI total of 39 with all six of his home runs hit during league play. Mackor batted .309 against conference contenders with 16 RBIs.
Mike Hubbard (Braintree, Mass.), Brian Macchi (Milford, Mass.) and Chris Rosado (Stamford, Conn.) each earned Second-Team accolades. Hubbard, the team's captain and shortstop, batted .271 overall and .273 in league play. The last hit of his collegiate career was a suicide-squeeze bunt in the ninth inning to defeat Notre Dame 7-6 May 13.
Brian Macchi led the BIG EAST in five categories: home runs for all games (17), home runs in league action (8), total bases for all games (134), slugging percentage for all games (.709) and slugging percentage in conference action (.685). His team-high .376 batting average ranked seventh among all conference swingers while his 56 RBIs stood second in the league. He was ranked 21st nationally through May 14 in home runs per game (0.33).
One of three Eagles to start all 51 games is designated hitter Chris Rosado, who hit .261 with 36 RBIs in 2001. He plated the game-winning run on his suicide-squeeze bunt in the 14th innings vs. Seton Hall May 6. The switch-hitter bettered his average by 141 points on the Florida spring training trip by hitting .467 with 16 RBIs in the eight-game span.
In lieu of an All-Rookie Team, members of the conference designated a Third Team for the first time in 2001. Junior Brian Durkin (Lowell, Mass.) earned a spot after leading the Eagles with a .369 mark in conference action, placing him 10th in the league. For the season, the junior first baseman hit .373, ninth among BIG EAST hitters and strung together a 12-game hit streak from April 21 - May 6. He hit safely in 40 of 49 games.