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Macchi and Sullivan were named to the All-Northeast Region First Team

Sullivan recognized for the first time in his career.

Sullivan recognized for the first time in his career.

June 6, 2001

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - - Boston College's Brian Macchi (Milford, Mass.) and Mark Sullivan (Winchester, Mass.) were both named to the All-Northeast Region first team in an announcement made by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and Rawlings on June 6.

Macchi and Sullivan helped the Eagles finish their season at 29-22-0 overall and 11-13-0, eighth in the fifth-ranked BIG EAST 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).

Third baseman Brian Macchi already received an All-New England first team nod in addition to All-BIG EAST second team honors. At regular season's end, the junior third baseman/utility player 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. Through May 29, Macchi was tied for 15th nationally in home runs per game (0.33).

Macchi totaled 19 multiple-hit games and 14 multiple-RBI games while stroking three hits in a game seven times in 2001. In a career day, he slammed three home runs for 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, including a 5-for-5 outing - two home runs - for nine total RBIs to lead BC past Brown 17-4 (April 5).

Middle relief pitcher, Mark Sullivan, appeared in 25 games (third in the BIG EAST through the regular season) with a 3.51 ERA in 51.1 innings while totaling a 6-4 record and five saves. In league action, the junior right-hander placed second with 14 appearances and three saves, while his 2.78 ERA ranked fifth among all BIG EAST hurlers.

From April 30 - May 6, Sullivan posted two wins and two saves, and was subsequently named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week. In 7.2 total innings vs. Seton Hall, the eventual BIG EAST champions, he picked up a win and two saves, after allowing only six hits and fanning 11 batters in the three-game series. He struck out seven (season best) of the 20 batters that he faced in BC's 14-inning, 3-2 win over the SHU Pirates Sunday (May 6) to record the victorious decision. On May 2, he gave up one earned run on three hits for the win over UMass-Amherst to give BC its second Beanpot Championship in three years.



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