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Baseball Names 2014 Captains




Dec. 3, 2013

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Seniors Tom Bourdon, John Hennessy and Eric Stevens were named the captains of the 2014 Boston College baseball team, voted by their teammates, head coach Mike Gambino announced on Tuesday.

In this program, we believe Birdball stands for character, toughness and class and I believe this group of captains exemplifies those characteristics," Gambino said. "All three are great students, have tremendous character, are maniacal workers and always put the program before themselves. They have developed into great leaders for this team and I'm extremely excited to watch them in their new roles."

Bourdon, a Simsbury, Conn., native, is starting his second year as a captain, earning the honor as a junior as well. The centerfielder has played in 139 games in the Maroon and Gold, including making 135 starts. He holds a .288 career batting average and has driven in 61 runs. Last year, Bourdon played 35 games before an arm injury sidelined him for the remainder of the year. In 2012, he garnered All-ACC second-team, ABCA All-Northeast Region first-team and NEIBA All-Star honors. As a sophomore, he led the Eagles in eight offensive categories, including batting average (.324), slugging percentage (.529) and hits. He ended the season tied for the fourth-most hits and 10th-most home runs (10) on BC's single-season list. As a freshman, Bourdon was third on the team with a .289 batting average while leading the squad with six steals.

Hennessy has played in 104 games for Boston College, including making 88 starts. The infielder from Andover, Mass., was second on last year's team with 43 hits, a .249 batting clip and a .318 slugging percentage. He led the Eagles with 11 multiple-hit games. As a junior, he tallied the second-best on-base percentage (.396). In his career, Hennessy has accumulated a .247 batting average, 77 hits, including nine doubles, and 31 RBIs. He has been named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll all three years of his BC career.

Stevens, a right-handed starter who hails from Pompton Lakes, N.J., has a 5.56 career ERA and a 7-16 overall record. He led the Eagles in opponent batting average (.285), win percentage (.625), wins (5) and strikeouts (40) as a sophomore and tied for fourth on BC's single-season record list with 14 starts and finished seventh with 27 appearances. Last year, he made 13 starts and did not record a win but tallied 23 strikeouts. In his first year at the Heights, Stevens led the team with 27 appearances and led all freshmen with a 4.38 ERA, a 2-1 record and 49.1 innings pitched.

Bourdon, Hennessy and Steven hope to lead a more experience Eagle team that is looking to rebound from a 12-40 2013 season. BC is returning eight positional starters and two starting pitchers, along with other 15 letter winners. The Eagles won four of its last 11 game and four of the losses were by two runs or less, including two in extra innings. They open the 2014 season in Santa Clara, Calif., with two games against Nevada and two against the host Broncos, beginning on Feb. 14.

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