Boston College releases 2014 Schedule

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GambinoSmallChestnut Hill, Mass. – The Boston College baseball team released the 2014 schedule on Thursday. The 55-game slate features eight teams that were in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and includes a 14-game home stand in Chestnut Hill.

The Eagles open the season in California, taking on Nevada at Santa Clara University on Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 and then playing the host Broncos in the second game of a doubleheader on the 15th and finishing the weekend with a noon game on Sunday.

BC will play the 2013 World Series Champion Red Sox for the 24th time in Fort Myers, Fla. The annual exhibition game will take place on Thursday, Feb. 27 at JetBlue Park.

Before heading into conference play, the Eagles will play in the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla. They will square off with Central Michigan, Villanova and Western Michigan on Feb. 28-March 2 and then travel to Boca Raton, Fla., for a two-game set with FAU.

The Eagles open the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule at Miami on March 7. The Hurricanes, who lost two of three to BC in Chestnut Hill last year, were 2013 NCAA Regional participants. BC then travels to Virginia for a three-game set with the Cavaliers, beginning March 15. UVA earned a spot in the NCAA Super Regionals one season ago.

Boston College opens a 14-game home stand on Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field on Tuesday, March 18. ACC opponent Wake Forest heads into town that weekend, followed by Florida State and North Carolina March 28-30 and April 4-6, respectively. FSU fell to Indiana in last year’s Super Regionals, while the 2013 ACC Champions Tar Heels lost in the College World Series to UCLA to end their season. During the week, the Eagles will host local rivals Northeastern (March 25), Connecticut (April 1), another NCAA Regional participant, Massachusetts (April 2) and Dartmouth (April 8).

The annual Beanpot Tournament will begin on April 9 as the Eagles travel across the river to battle on Harvard’s home field. BC lost a first-round game to UMass last year, 11-6, in Amherst, but came in third place after beating the Crimson, 7-2, at Fenway Park. The championship will be played at Northeastern on April 21. The Eagles are 31-14-1 in the local tournament and have won 10 titles, the last in 2011.

Boston College travels to Notre Dame April 11-13 to face the Fighting Irish in the two teams’ first bout in the ACC. The last time the squads met was in 2008, when BC beat the Irish, 7-2, in Lantana, Fla. After a home game against Rhode Island on April 15, the Eagles head to Raleigh, to face NC State, another 2013 World Series participant.

The Eagles will take on St. John’s in Norwich, Conn., at Dodd Stadium, home of the Connecticut Tigers, on April 23 at 5:30 p.m. The two teams will meet each other halfway in Connecticut for three straight year. Each team has come away with one win. BC will also play at the home of the Portland Seadogs, taking on Maine on May 13 at 5:30 p.m.

BC rounds out its ACC home schedule with Maryland on April 25-27 and welcomes Pittsburgh to the ACC on May 2-4. The Eagles will host the Second Annual Wounded Warrior Project Game against the Terrapins on April 26 at 1:30 p.m. and will host the Third Annual ALS Awareness Game against the Panthers on May 3 at 1:30 p.m.

Before the Eagles finish off the schedule with a three-game series at Clemson May 15-17, they host 2013 NCAA Regional participant Binghamton on May 10 and 11 at the Heights. CU also made the NCAA Tournament last season.

The 2014 ACC Tournament will begin on Tuesday, May 20 in Greensboro, N.C., at NewBridge Bank Park. The tournament will showcase the top 10 ACC teams and will feature two games the first day, followed by three games per day in a round-robin format from Wednesday through Saturday. The championship game between the two pool winners will be played on Sunday afternoon.

The Eagles are looking to rebound from a 12-40 2013 season. They are returning eight positional starters and two starting pitchers, along with other 15 letter winners. BC won four of its last 11 game and four of the losses were by two runs or less, including two in extra innings.

2014 Boston College Schedule (PDF)