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May 25, 2010

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    GREENSBORO, N.C. - The eighth-seeded Boston College baseball team opens the 2010 ACC Championship on Wednesday at noon when it faces first-seeded and No. 1 Virginia at NewBridge Bank Park.

    The game will be televised live by NESN.

    The Eagles will also take on No. 10 Miami and No. 13 Miami on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Both of those games are also at noon and will be available on NESN.

    BC RETURNS TO ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
    • The Boston College baseball team will make its second consecutive and overall appearance at the 2010 ACC Baseball Championship.
    • The Eagles finished the regular season at 29-26 overall and 14-16 in the conference. It took the final game of the regular season for them to secure a spot this week, beating No. 6 Georgia Tech, 6-3, on Saturday to qualify.
    • BC has been placed in Division A with No. 1 Virginia, No. 4 Miami and No. 5 Florida State.
    • The Eagles will face those teams in order on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. All of the games start at noon and will be aired live on NESN.
    • Boston College went 2-1 in its first ACC Championship in 2009, securing its first NCAA Tournament berth in 42 years in the process.

    EAGLES AGAINST THE FIELD
    • Boston College went a combined 2-7 against the teams in Division A this year.
    • The Eagles opened their conference schedule at Miami on March 12 and won that game, 3-0, before dropping the next two.
    • Junior LHP Pat Dean tossed eight shutout innings in the Friday night win. He allowed six hits and had a season-high nine strikeouts. Only three runners were able to get into scoring position with Dean on the bump.
    • BC then went to Virginia the following weekend and got swept.
    • Florida State visited The Heights on May 7 and BC took that game, 10-7, before losing both games in a Sunday doubleheader.
    • Sophomore INF Anthony Melchionda hit a team-best .367 in those nine games with two doubles, a homer and eight RBI. Senior OF John Spatola batted .355 and also had two doubles and a round-tripper. Freshman DH Matt Watson drove in seven runs.
    • Sophomore RHP Matt Brazis, BC's closer, got saves in both of the wins and allowed one hit in 4.2 innings.

    WISWALL NAMED TO ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM
    • Junior INF Mickey Wiswall was voted to the All-ACC First Team, announced Monday by the conference office.
    • Wiswall became the second student-athlete from Boston College to be named to the conference's first team, joining Tony Sanchez who was honored last season. Wiswall was voted to the second team in 2009.
    • The Stoneham, Mass. product is batting .300 entering the week with 14 doubles, 18 home runs and 60 RBI. His home run number is the second-most in a single season at BC and his RBI total is fifth. He has also scored 52 times which ranks seventh on the single season ledger.
    • Wiswall ranks second in the ACC in home runs, seventh in RBI and total bases (142) and ninth in slugging percentage (.626).
    • Wiswall has also etched his name into the Eagles' career record books. He is second all-time in home runs (36), third in RBI (151), fifth in hits (205) and eighth in runs (129).

    GRADUATE AND GO
    • Five members of the baseball team graduated on Monday before the team took off for Greensboro that night.
    • OF Robbie Anston, RHP Chris Kowalski, RHP Geoff Oxley, OF John Spatola and OF Mike Sudol all donned their caps and gowns and received their diplomas at Alumni Stadium Monday afternoon.
    • The team then took off for the tournament later that night.
    • Anston, Kowalski and Spatola are the three captains of the 2010 team.

    ZAP STEPPING IT UP
    • Sophomore INF Brad Zapenas has heated up with the bat in the last two weeks.
    • He has a hit in 12 of the last 13 games and he has had multiple base hits in half of those contests.
    • Zapenas went 4-for-4 with a double, RBI and two runs against Florida State on May 7.
    • He also had a pair of hits in games two and three against Georgia Tech this past weekend. Zapenas hit his first career home run on Saturday as well.
    • In the last two conference weekends, Zapenas is second on the team in batting (.476), runs (6), hits (10), doubles (2), slugging (.714) and on-base percentage (.522).
    • Zapenas' batting average has jumped from .277 to .319 in the last 13 games.

    POWER NUMBERS
    • The Eagles have gone deep a total of 65 times this season which is the second-most home runs in program history.
    • BC surpassed last year's number of 58 round-trippers.
    • The school record for home runs in a season is 77 set back in 1999.
    • Sean McGowan, BC's all-time home run leader, had 25 that season.
    • Junior INF Mickey Wiswall leads the team with 18 home runs and Spatola has 15 blasts.
    • Sophomore INF Anthony Melchionda has seven long balls while senior OF Mike Sudol and freshman DH Matt Watson both have six.
    • BC has 19 games with multiple homers and it has hit at least one in 20 of the last 21 games.

    ROOM FOR TWO
    • The home runs have seem to come in pairs for players as of late.
    • In the last 12 games, a BC player has hit two home runs on five occasions. It had only happened once in the previous 43 contests.
    • Junior INF Mickey Wiswall has done it twice in the recent span - in the finale at Virginia Tech May 2 and against Connecticut on May 10.
    • Senior OF Mike Sudol belted a pair of three-run homers against Northeastern on May 4.
    • Senior OF Robbie Anston led the Eagles to victory with a pair of homers in the series opener against Florida State on May 7.
    • Senior OF John Spatola hit a pair of round-trippers against Dartmouth on May 16. He also did it back on February 28 against Missouri.

    GOOD WITH THE GLOVE
    • Boston College doesn't give up too many runs in the field as it leads the ACC and was fourth in the country in fielding percentage (.980) entering last week.
    • The Eagles are also second in the conference in turning double plays - they have 62 this season. That number put them sixth nationally.
    • Boston College has turned 21 double plays in the last 19 games. It has turned three double plays in five games this year and converted four against Bryant on April 7.
    • BC has not committed an error in nine of the last 11 games.

    AWESOME APRIL
    • The Eagles started the season off slowly, going a combined 11-13 and 3-6 in the ACC in February and March, but they turned it around starting in April.
    • Boston College went 13-5 and 9-4 in the month to improve to 24-18 overall and 12-10 in the conference, which put the Eagles back in the hunt for postseason play.
    • BC has slipped since the calender turned to May, having a 5-8 record and going 2-6 in the ACC.

    SUDS-SATIONAL
    • Senior OF Mike Sudol has turned it on with both his bat and glove as of late.
    • In his last six starts, he is 9-for-20 with four homers and 14 RBI.
    • In a 12-6 win against Northeastern on May 4, Sudol hit a pair of three-run homers to lead BC to victory.
    • The two homers doubled his home run total for the season to four and his six RBI was a career high. It was the second time in his career that he hit two homers with the other coming at Duke on April 26 of last year.
    • He then went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the Eagles' 7-3 win against Harvard on May 5. He also made a spectacular leaping catch at the wall to rob the Crimson of a couple of runs.
    • The Franklin, N.J. hit home runs in consecutive games against Florida State and Connecticut on May 9-10.

    MELCH AGAINST THE ACC
    • Sophomore INF Anthony Melchionda has been spraying the field with base hits on weekends this season.
    • He is batting a team-best .377 in ACC contests this year with five doubles, three homers, 17 RBI and 20 runs. His on-base percentage of .422 is also the highest among the everyday starters.

    LEADING OFF
    • Senior OF Robbie Anston emerged as one of the top leadoff hitters in the ACC last year and he has taken it even further this season.
    • He ranks fourth in the conference in doubles (20) and triples (6), seventh in steals (18), ninth in hits (75), 16th in total bases (122) and 17th in runs scored (54).
    • When Anston leads off an inning, he is batting .390 (39-for-100) and he has scored 14 times in the first inning.
    • Anston has reached base in 49 of the 55 games this season.

    DEAN IS DOMINANT
    • Junior LHP Pat Dean earned a spot on the weekend rotation on April 12 of last season and hasn't looked back since.
    • Fourteen of his last 25 outings on the mound have been quality starts.
    • The Naugatuck, Conn. native is the workhorse of the team with 70.2 innings pitched. He has thrown 7.0 or more innings in seven of his 11 starts this year and has tossed over 100 pitches five times.
    • Dean is currently 5-2 with a 4.71 ERA with 56 strikeouts and 11 walks.
    • He ranks ninth all-time at BC in career strikeouts with 166.

    DEAN AND THE 'CANES
    • Dean has performed his best when facing the Miami Hurricanes.
    • In a 3-0 win on March 12, he tossed 8.0 shutout innings against the No. 13 `Canes at Alex Rodriguez Park.
    • Miami entered the night averaging 9.9 runs a game.
    • In his last three outings against the `Canes, he is 3-0 with a 0.41 ERA - allowing one run in 22.0 innings - and has struck out 21 while walking two.

    JOHNNY ON THE SPAT
    • Senior OF John Spatola has had a big bat this season and he had a monster game against Missouri on February 28.
    • The former walk-on smashed two three-run homers and added a double in a 3-for-4 effort.
    • Spatola drove in a career-high seven runs, which was more runs than the Tigers had as a team in a 14-6 win.
    • It was Spatola's first multi-homer game of his career and he also had one against Dartmouth on May 16.
    • The Milton, Mass. product ranks seventh in the ACC in homers (15), 12th in total bases (128), 16th in RBI (55) and 18th in slugging (.595).

    WATTY START
    • Freshman C/DH Matt Watson has had a solid start to his collegiate career.
    • The Portland, Maine product leads the team in on-base percentage (.427) and walks (34) and is fourth in home runs (6).
    • Watson ranks second in the ACC in hit batsman (19).
    • He has also produced in clutch situations as he hit a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh on March 10 to tie the game at FIU, 14-14. BC had been down 14-6 after five innings.
    • Watson drove in all three runs with a pair of doubles in Boston College's 3-0 win at Miami March 12.
    • He drove in three runs in the top of the ninth inning March 20 at No. 1 Virginia in a valiant comeback attempt by BC. Down 4-0 and with the bases loaded with one out, Watston hit a bases-clearing double to pull the Eagles within a run, but he was stranded in scoring position.
    • Watson also got the game-winning hit in BC's 7-4 win against Holy Cross. He hit an RBI single in the Eagles' six-run fifth inning to put BC on top 5-4.
    • He also had the game-tying hit in the bottom of the fourth on March 28 vs. Duke in a 2-1 win.
    • Watson was batting .318 on April 27 before falling into his current 4-for-46 slump in the last 14 games.

    RBI MACHINE
    • Junior INF Mickey Wiswall has produced from the No. 3 spot in the batting order.
    • He ranks seventh in the ACC in RBI (60) and has 16 multi-RBI games this year.
    • The Stoneham, Mass. product also ranks second in the ACC in home runs (18), seventh in RBI and total bases (142) and ninth in slugging percentage (.626).
    • His biggest home run of the season came in the second game of the April 10 doubleheader vs. Maryland.
    • BC was losing 4-2 and down to its last out in the bottom of the ninth. Sophomore INF Brad Zapenas led off with a single and after two outs were recorded, Wiswall crushed a 1-0 pitch over the wall in center to send the game into extra innings.
    • The Eagles won that game in 10 innings, 5-4.
    • Wiswall drove in 21 runs in the first 11 games of the season.

    FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
    • Junior C/INF Garret Smith started at shortstop in high school and was the starting shortstop last year for BC, but now he is the starting catcher.
    • Smith had never caught a game in his life entering the season.
    • His defense is needed to replace the loss of All-American Tony Sanchez and his experienced bat is needed as well.
    • He is a career .267 hitter and has started 127 games since he arrived on campus in 2008.

    RESILIENT EAGLES
    • Boston College had quite the time closing out its sweep of NC State, as it gave up the lead in the late innings in both games two and three, but scored in the top of the ninth to win.
    • In game two, the Eagles took a 7-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning, but NC State scored four times in the frame to tie it, then scored again in the eighth to take an 8-7 lead - its first lead of the game.
    • The Eagles fought right back with three runs in the top of the ninth to take the win back. Freshman DH Matt Watson drew a leadoff walk and after freshman Matt McGovern came on to pinch run, sophomore INF Anthony Melchionda ripped a single up the middle to put runners on the corners. Senior OF Mike Sudol went the opposite way with an 0-1 pitch for an RBI double over the left fielder's head to tie the game. Sophomore OF Andrew Lawrence was intentionally walked to load the bases, but a shallow fly to right was the inning's first out.
    • The top of the order came up and senior OF Robbie Anston delivered, singling to center on a 1-2 count to drive in two runs to give BC the 10-8 win.
    • The series finale was even wilder as the lead switched four times from the bottom of the seventh to the top of the ninth innings.
    • BC held a 6-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth but NC State scored a run in both the fifth and sixth innings, then put up three runs in the seventh to take a 7-6 lead.
    • The lead switched sides again in both the top and bottom of the eighth until BC clinched it in the ninth. Freshman INF/OF Philip Miclat drew a leadoff walk when he came on to pinch hit and then a fielder's choice gave NC State the first out of the inning. Junior C Garret Smith then pulled an 0-1 pitch to the gap in left to bring sophomore INF Brad Zapenas all the way around to score and tie the game, 10-10. After a strikeout for out number two, junior INF Matt Hamlet came up and chopped a single up the middle to give BC the lead for good, 11-10.

    3 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
    • With the bats coming alive up and down the order, the Eagles have earned a spot among the nation's best in triples.
    • Boston College has hit 20 triples on the year which ranks third in the ACC and was the 28th most in the country entering last week.
    • BC started out hot by hitting six in the first six games, including four against Missouri on February 28. Three of those came consecutively in the eighth inning.
    • The Eagles were on a torrid pace from April 17-27. They hit 10 triples in that span of seven games. They also hit four against Wake Forest on April 18.
    • Senior OFs Robbie Anston and John Spatola and freshman DH Matt Watson each have two three-baggers to lead the team since April 17.
    • Anston ranks 23rd in the nation with six doubles this season.

    A FIRST SINCE 2005
    • Boston College did not strike out on April 21 against Northeastern in the Beanpot Championship game.
    • It was the first time that the Eagles did not fan in a game since joining the ACC.
    • The last time that BC did not strike out in a game came on February 26, 2005 in a 3-1 loss to Belmont.

    MY SACRIFICE
    • Junior INF Matt Hamlet makes the ultimate sacrifice for the team whenever senior OF Robbie Anston gets on base, and that is a lot.
    • Entering last week, Hamlet was fourth in the country in sacrifice bunts with 15 and he now has 18.
    • This stat is in part thanks to Anston, who has an on-base percentage of .408 as the leadoff man.
    • Junior C/INF Garret Smith also ranks high nationally, as his 11 sac bunts put him in 28th.
    • As a team, BC ranked 17th in the country in sacrifices entering last week.

    WISWALL, MOIR PROVIDE LATE-INNING HEROICS
    • Junior INF Mickey Wiswall and redshirt freshman Rob Moir stepped up big April 10 vs. Maryland to give the Eagles an important 5-4 ACC win in 10 innings.
    • In the second game of a doubleheader, BC was losing 4-2 and down to its last out in the bottom of the ninth. Sophomore INF Brad Zapenas led the frame off with a single and after two outs were recorded, Wiswall crushed a 1-0 pitch over the wall in center to send the game into extra innings.
    • Freshman INF/OF Philip Miclat led off in the bottom of the 10th and fought off a few pitches to draw a walk and then junior C/INF Garret Smith laid down a sac bunt, but the pitcher threw the ball into center field trying to get the lead runner.
    • An intentional walk loaded the bases and then redshirt freshman OF Rob Moir singled up the middle for the walk-off win.
    • It was the first RBI of Moir's career.

    ROTATING ROTATION
    • Boston College tried out a variety of starting rotations on the weekends early in the season.
    • Junior LHP Pat Dean is the established No. 1 starter, but he missed starts at Virginia and vs. Maryland.
    • Sophomore RHP Mike Dennhardt was the only pitcher to stay in the starting rotation for the first 12 weekends. He did not start against Georgia Tech last weekend because the staff was trying to set up the rotation for the ACC Championship.
    • The third spot in the rotation has seen four different pitchers but junior RHP John Leonard has maintained that spot since his return from injury.
    • Sophomore RHP Taylor Lasko has earned four ACC starts with his most recent coming last Saturday against Georgia Tech. He is 2-0 with a 4.14 ERA in conference contests.
    • Junior RHP Kevin Moran stepped into a starting role after starting the season in the bullpen. He started games at Florida Atlantic, Miami and Virginia.
    • Freshman RHP Andrew Del Colle earned a spot in the starting rotation for the first two weekends at Tulane and Auburn.
    • Freshman RHP Hunter Gordon, who has been one of BC's best pitcher out of the bullpen, also got a start when Dean was hurt at Virginia.

    RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY
    • The weather in New England wreaked havoc on the Eagles' home schedule.
    • Seven BC home games were either moved or postponed due to Mother Nature and a total of nine of 28 games in New England were rearranged.
    • Boston College's March 23 game vs. Hartford was postponed and its March 24 game vs Holy Cross was moved back a day.
    • BC had to play a doubleheader on Saturday for its first two ACC series due to rain.
    • Both non-conference games the week of March 29 were postponed, but BC was able to make up its game at Northeastern that Wednesday after the game at Rhode Island was PPD due to flooding in the area.
    • Against Wake Forest, all three games were played under sloppy conditions and two start times were moved up. It rained during all three games, but no doubleheader was played.
    • Rain also forced a Sunday doubleheader against Florida State.

    HIGH HEAT
    • The city of Boston came across an unprecedented day of heat on April 7 for the Eagles' game against Bryant.
    • The game-time temperature was 89 degrees and it even reached 90 into the later innings in an 11-3 BC win.
    • It was the hottest April 7 on record. It broke the 1991 record of 86 degrees.

    SPEEDY SUNDAY
    • Boston College's series finale vs. Duke on March 28 was a short affair - it lasted just 1:59.
    • Junior LHP Pat Dean and Duke's Dennis O'Grady both threw complete games in a 2-1 BC win.
    • Dean started the game by pitching 3.1 innings of perfect baseball. Duke got its lone run in the fourth inning when it pieced together three singles.
    • Dean then went on to retire 10-straight hitters from the fifth to eighth innings.
    • The Naugatuck, Conn. native only needed 92 pitches in his 9.0 innings of work and 64 of them were strikes. He scattered six hits and struck out two while not issuing a walk. Only one runner outside of the fourth inning reached scoring position.
    • O'Grady was equal to the task as he allowed two runs in the fourth inning and put up zeros in every other frame. He allowed eight hits and struck out six without giving up a walk.
    • Neither pitcher allowed an extra base hit.

    BUT A LONG WEEKEND AT NC STATE
    • The Eagles caught the other end of the spectrum in Raleigh.
    • The second game of the series, a 10-8 BC win, took a season-long 4:06. Then the series finale took 3:57 as the Eagles won 11-10.
    • The total time of those two games was 8:03 for 18 innings. That is exactly an hour longer than the longest game in NCAA history which BC and Texas played in last season in the Austin Regional. That game took 25 innings and 7:03.
    • Those two games at NC State are the two longest games of the season for BC.

    CLUTCH HITTING
    • BC had 142 RBI with two outs last season and Mike Belfiore led the team with 33.
    • A total of 37 percent of the RBI that BC has recorded came with two outs.
    • BC has 149 two-out RBI so far this season. Junior INF Mickey Wiswall leads the team with 27 while senior OF John Spatola is right behind him with 25. Sophomore Anthony Melchionda has 18 and freshman DH Matt Watson has 17.
    • In the Eagles' 11-5 win at FIU on March 9, all of the runs crossed the plate with two outs.
    • Forty-four percent of the RBI this season have been recorded with two outs.

    BEANPOT CHAMPS
    • The Boston College baseball team won its first Beanpot since 2006 and its ninth overall when it defeated Northeastern, 9-3, April 21 at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton.
    • Junior INF Mickey Wiswall and sophomore INF Anthony Melchionda both hit long three-run homers in the game. It was Wiswall's 12th of the season and Melchionda's fourth. Wiswall went 2-for-4 with two runs as did junior INF Matt Hamlet. Senior OF Robbie Anston was 3-for-5 with a double.
    • Four BC relievers combined to shut out the Huskies for the last five innings. Junior Kevin Moran threw 2.0 scoreless while sophomores Matt Brazis and Taylor Lasko and freshman Hunter Gordon each threw an inning.
    • The Eagles defeated Harvard on April 14 to reach the Beanpot Championship game. Entering the top of the ninth with a 10-4 lead, Harvard scored five times but left the bases loaded as BC held on, 10-9.
    • The Beanpot is an annual tournament featuring BC, Harvard, Northeastern and Massachusetts. The championship game is usually played at Fenway Park, but both rounds of the tournament were played at Campenelli Stadium this season.

    THE TRAVELS OF A NEW ENGLAND TEAM
    • BC traveled nearly 10,000 miles before its first home game on March 25. In fact, approximate numbers by Google Maps puts the number at 9,999 miles.
    • Boston College opened the season with a series win at Tulane in New Orleans, La.
    • The Eagles then went to Auburn for three games vs. the Tigers, Florida Atlantic and Missouri.
    • BC went back to campus on Sunday from Auburn before leaving for Fort Myers on March 2 to play the Red Sox.
    • The Eagles spent 13 days in Florida with a series at both Florida Atlantic and Florida International before they opened ACC play on March 12 at Miami.
    • BC took bus trips to UConn and Bryant on March 16 and 17, respectively, before traveling to Virginia March 19.

    EAGLES FALL TO RED SOX IN EXHIBITION
    • The Boston Red Sox defeated Boston College, 6-1, in an exhibition game March 3 in front of 4,577 fans at City of Palms Park.
    • Sophomore OF Spenser Payne drove in the only run for BC in the fifth inning. Senior OF Mike Sudol and freshman INF Philip Miclat had the other hits for the Eagles.
    • Sophomore Taylor Lasko pitched a perfect fifth inning on the mound and had a strikeout. Senior Chris Kowalski was the only other pitcher to not allow a run in his inning of work.
    • Both starters figured in the decision despite pitching just the first inning. Boof Bonser picked up the win after a perfect first and senior Geoff Oxley was saddled with the loss after surrendering a run in the bottom half of the frame.

    EAGLES PICKED THIRD IN ATLANTIC
    • The Boston College baseball team was picked to finish third in the ACC Atlantic Division in a preseason vote of the conference's 12 head coaches.
    • The Eagles' third-place pick was the highest they have been voted in the ACC preseason poll since their first season in the league in 2006.
    • BC was picked to finish fifth in each of the last three seasons.
    • Florida State garnered 10 first-place votes in the Atlantic and is the coaches' pick to win the division. Clemson earned two first-place votes and finished in second. NC State, Wake Forest and Maryland were fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
    • Defending ACC champion Virginia is the coaches' selection to win the Coastal Division and become the overall champion. It earned 11 first-place votes to win the division and eight to win the ACC.
    • Florida State received three votes to win the ACC and North Carolina had the other vote.

    2009 AT A GLANCE
    • Boston College had a number of firsts and bests during the 2009 season.
    • The Eagles advanced to their first NCAA postseason since 1967 - a total of 42 years.
    • They advanced to their first ACC Championship where they went 2-1 to earn a berth into the Austin Regional.
    • Junior C Tony Sanchez was the first All-America first team honoree in school history when Baseball America put him on that list. He was also the first All-ACC first teamer BC has had.
    • Sanchez was drafted with the No. 4 overall pick in the MLB First-Year Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was the highest any BC player has been drafted in baseball and only football's Matt Ryan (No. 3) has been drafted higher in any other sport.
    • Senior OF Robbie Anston broke the single-season hits record and junior INF Mickey Wiswall tied the previous mark. Anston finished with 85 and Wiswall had 82. The previous record was Jared McGuire's 82 hits in 2007.

    CAPE LEAGUE ALL-STARS
    • A pair of BC baseball players earned Cape Cod Baseball League all-star accolades last year.
    • Junior RHP John Leonard and junior INF Mickey Wiswall both played in the all-star game at Fenway Park. They both played for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.
    • Leonard went 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 10 appearances (six starts) on the mound. He threw 35.0 innings and allowed 15 runs (10 earned) on 33 hits. He struck out 26 and walked 10.
    • Wiswall batted .302 over the summer with eight doubles, five home runs and 30 RBI and was named the league's New England Player of the Year.
    • The pair helped lead Y-D to the Eastern Division title with a 28-15-1 record.

    SUMMER ALL-STARS
    • Four other players earned all-star accolades in their respective summer leagues last year.
    • Senior RHP Chris Kowalski was named to the Eastern All-Star Team in the New England Collegiate Baseball League as the team's closer.
    • Junior INF Matt Hamlet was named the starting second baseman for the National All-Stars in the Coastal Plains League and served as the team's leadoff hitter.
    • Finally, sophomore RHP Matt Brazis and sophomore INF Anthony Melchionda were both all-stars in the Valley Baseball League.

    2010 CAPTAINS
    • The Boston College baseball team voted seniors Robbie Anston, Chris Kowalski and John Spatola as captains for the 2010 season.
    • Anston, who has started 115 games in center field the last two seasons, fourth in the conference in doubles (20) and triples (6), seventh in steals (18), ninth in hits (75), 16th in total bases (122) and 17th in runs scored (54).
    • Kowalski, a local product from Boston, has 19 appearances out of the bullpen with one start. He is 0-2 with a 7.83 ERA.
    • Spatola, the right fielder from nearby Milton, has started all 55 games and ranks seventh in the ACC in homers (15), 12th in total bases (128), 16th in RBI (55) and 18th in slugging (.595).

    THE LONGEST GAME
    • BC made history when it played the No. 1 national seed Texas in the second game of the Austin Regional at UFCU Disch-Falk Field last year.
    • The two teams battled for 25 innings before Texas finally scored in the top of the inning to win, 3-2. It was the longest game in NCAA history.
    • Below are a few highlights from the historic evening:
    - Both teams received a standing ovation at the conclusion of the game
    - It was 96 degrees at first pitch at 6:02 p.m. The game finished at 78 degrees at 1:05 a.m.
    - Texas introduced the 21st inning stretch
    - There were 683 pitches thrown in the game
    - Texas stranded 24 men on base
    - There were 11 walks in the game compared to 42 strikeouts
    - The 10 p.m. ET game at UC Irvine game started and finished
    - BC and Texas combined to set NCAA records with 42 strikeouts, 222 total chances, 69 assists, 192 plate appearances and 171 at-bats.

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