The Vanderbilt Commodores came back from two deficits to pull out a 7-6 victory. Boston College jumped out to a 5-1 lead after 3 innings. Vanderbilt was held in check until the bottom of the eighth when they were trailing 5-3. Pedro Alvarez started the inning off by walking on four pitches. Ryan Flaherty then followed with a single up the middle. Shea Robin then followed with a sacrifice bunt to set up second and third with one out. BC made a pitching change to bring in closer Dan Houston who promptly made Dominic de la Osa make an excuse me swing to get the runner home from third and Flaherty advanced to third base while Osa was out at first. The next pitch thrown by Houston got by catcher Tony Sanchez to allow Flaherty to score from third and tie the game up. Houston was able to work around a walk and a single to get out of the inning. BC then picked up a key lead-off double by Joseph Ayers in the top of the ninth. BC decided to bunt with Johnny Ayers to move Joseph Ayers to third with one out. Vanderbilt then brought in closer Casey Weathers who was greeted by a ground ball from Ryan Hutchinson which got through the infield to drive Joseph Ayers to get a 6-5 victory. Weathers then got the final two outs of the inning. As we entered the bottom of the ninth, Vanderbilt was trailing by one run. Dan Houston got David Macias and Alex Feinberg to fly out . BC then pitched around Pedro Alvarez to bring the winning run to the plate in Ryan Flaherty. Ryan then took the fourth pitch and put it over the left field wall to win the exciting game away from Boston College.
BC is having some major problems in the closer role this season as this is Dan Houston’s second blown save of the weekend. I think a change is needed in the bullpen for the Eagles. They are continuing to hang around these more powerful teams but can’t finish the deal.
BC will return to action on Friday with an exbition game against the Boston Red Sox. Daisuke Matsuzaka will start against the Eagles in his first career appearance on American soil. Vanderbilt will be back in action on Tuesday with Austin Peay.
Vanderbilt Scout.com Recap
On Day 2 of the Homewood Suites Shootout, The Minnesota Gophers behind a 4-4 performance from Second baseman Derek McCallum picked up a 6-3 victory over the Citadel.
The Citadel Recap
Anthony Sosnoskie hit a grand slam in the top of the tenth inning to lead the Va Tech Hokies to a 9-6 victory over UNC-Asheville at the Homewood Suites Shooutout.
Va Tech Recap
The Boston College Eagles continued their quick three game set in the Music City Classic. They lost to Lipscomb by a score of 4-3. The Eagles had another average start on Saturday by Adam Crabtree who gave the Eagles five innings but gave up four runs on eight hits. This was Crabtree’s first career appearance for the Eagles as he missed the 2006 season with Tommy John surgery and did not see action in 2005. The Eagles were led on offense by Freshman Tony Sanchez who went 2-2 in his second career game. The Eagles will be back in action Sunday when they visit Number 1 ranked Vanderbilt.
Boston College Recap
The San Diego Toreros got a one hit seven inning performance from Brian Matusz in a 2-0 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Matusz struck out 10 batters in the game to continue to show that he is one of the top pitchers in college baseball this season. Matusz was followed by AJ Griffin who pitched two scoreless and hitless innings to pick up the save. San Diego scored runs on singles by Jordan Abruzzo in the first inning and Daniel Magness in the fourth. The teams will be back in action on Saturday at 1 pm Pacific.
San Diego Recap
Wake Forest Recap
The Boston College Eagles opened the season on Friday with a visit to Belmont University for their first game of the season. The Eagles got an average outing from Kevin Boggan, who gave the Eagles five innings while giving up four runs (only 2 earned). This was Boggan’s first career start as he is making the transition from a closer to a starting pitcher. Boston College right fielder/punter Johnny Ayers led the offense with a 1-3 day with two walks. Jett Ruiz also had a solid day at the plate 2-3 with a homer and two RBI. The Eagles led 6-5 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning when new Head Coach Mikio Aoki decided to bring in closer Dan Houston. He is making the transition from Weekend starter to Closer. Houston struggled mightily by giving up 3 runs on two hits and three walks to give up the led and put the Eagles down by 2 runs. Freshman Mike Belfiore hit a double to led off the ninth and Johnny Ayers ended up driving him in to make it a one run game but the Eagles were not able to get closer.
BC is back in action on Saturday with a visit to Lipscomb and Belmont hosts Ball State.
Boston College Recap
The Citadel Bulldogs suffered a tough 5-4 setback to Virginia Tech in 11 innings on Friday. The Citadel left the bases loaded in five innings and stranded 21 runners on base in the loss. It seems that The Citadel dominated the game but were not able to pull out the victory.
The Citadel Recap
Va Tech Recap
The University of Minnesota pulled out a 7-5 victory over UNC-Asheville. They came from a 4-0 deficit to come out victorious.
The Boston College Eagles will visit Nashville TN for the Music City Classic. They will play Belmont, Lipscomb, and Vanderbilt. BC is still looking to build into a regional power in the Northeast and make the ACC Tournament. The BC Heights (student paper) wrote a very good article yesterday previewing the upcoming season which can be read here.
Boston College is currently in a battle with the residents of Allston and Brighton over building the new baseball facility. The article from the Allston-Brighton Tab is available here.
The Citadel will host The Homewoods Suites Shootout this weekend with Va Tech, Minnesota, and UNC-Asheville. This should be a very good tournament as each team are on the same skill level. Minnesota will be playing their first game of the season on Friday when they face UNC-Asheville. The Citadel will square against VA Tech on Friday.
Va Tech vs UNC-Asheville
The Citadel vs Minnesota
Minnesota vs Va Tech
The Citadel vs UNC-Asheville
The Citadel Tourney Notes
UNC-Asheville Tourney Notes
Va Tech Tourney Notes
Minnesota Tourney Notes
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will visit the Toreros of San Diego for a weekend set. Wake Forest is coming into the games with a 3-1 record after weekend sweep over Kent State and a mid-week loss to Appalachian State 10-9. San Diego enters with one of the best pitchers in the nation Brian Matusz who will start Friday night. The Toreros enter with a 9-4 record taking three out of four games against Virginia Commonwealth. The pitching match ups for the weekend will be Wake Forest’s Brad Kledzik (0-0, 9.00 ERA) facing off against San Diego’s Brian Matusz (2-0, 2.19 ERA). Saturday match-up will be Eric Nielsen (1-0, 5.68 ERA) for Wake and San Diego counters with Matt Couch (2-0, 4.12 ERA). The series finale is tentatively scheduled to have Wake send Garrett Bullock (1-0, 1.80 ERA) to face Josh Romanski (1-1, 6.38 ERA).
San Diego Series Notes
Wake Forest Series Notes
The North Carolina Tar Heels invaded Brooks Field on Wednesday night for a meeting with UNC-Wilmington. The Tar Heels were able to sneak out a 6-5 victory. The Tar Heels were led by a strong pitching performance from Junior pitcher Mike Facchinei who carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. He only let up one hit and one walk while giving up two runs in his six innings of work. The Tar Heel offense was led by Seth Williams who hit a key two run homer in the fourth inning. The game was 6-2 heading into the ninth inning but veteran closer Andrew Carnigan got roughed up by giving up three runs in the bottom of the ninth to make it interesting. UNC-Wilmington will be back in action this weekend in Myrtle Beach for the Baseball at the Beach Tourney. The Tar Heels will welcome the Seawolves of Stony Brook to Boshamer Stadium for a 3 game set.