Dec. 14, 1999
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Boston College senior designated hitter Steve Langone (Reading, Mass./Reading) and sophomore outfielder Neal McCarthy (Warwick, R.I./Providence) received Preseason All-BIG EAST honors in a coaches' poll released by the conference today.
Connecticut's Mike Scott and Notre Dame's Aaron Heilman earned preseason Player- and Pitcher-of-the-Year honors, respectively. The coaches also predicted Rutgers to finish first in the 10-team league with the Scarlet Knights receiving half of the first-place votes, followed by Notre Dame (3) and St. John's (2). Boston College's 34 points placed them seventh in the order of finish.
Langone returns to the Eagle roster after garnering Second Team all-conference accolades last season. He also earned All-New England First Team distinction. The senior pitcher, who doubles as a right-hander, batted .332 in 1999, placing second on the team in extra-base hits (24), home runs (13) and RBIs (46) while also accumulating an 8-4 record in 15 appearances on the mound with five complete-game efforts. His 4.43 earned run average ranked first among the Eagle rotation.
McCarthy begins his first season at BC after connecting on 82 hits, including 22 doubles and 17 home runs, for a .376 average and 69 runs batted in as a freshman at Providence College. He also received Freshman All-American accolades from Baseball Weekly as well as earning a spot on the freshman All-BIG EAST, and All-Region team, and All-New England Second team.
Boston College posted a school-record 26 wins in 1999. The Eagles finished with a 26-21-1 mark, including a 10-15-1 conference record (ninth place).