Mikio Aoki was named the new head coach of the Boston College Eagles today as Peter Hughes is movign on to Virginia Tech. Aoki was the head coach at Columbia before coming to Chestnut Hill as an Associate Head Coach. He had a 87-140 record at Columbia which was a solid improvement from before he started.
According to an Article in a some newspapers, Peter Hughes will be named the next head coach of the Virginia Tech program next week. This is a major concern for Boston College baseball as they had a very good head coach who was starting to develop good ballplayers. The main problem here is that VA Tech is not a much better situation then BC. I think the administration at Boston College better look at themselves in the mirror and look at the status of the BC Baseball program. Where is the plans for this new ballpark that is in the works? Is the team fully-funded yet? Boston College needs to make a commitment to the program or the next head coach will leave too. Click here for the article.
Boston College completed their home schedule with a come from behind 6-3 win. Nate Jeanes took the mound and was his consistent self in getting out of jams in his five and a one-third inning of work. He gave up three runs but only 2 were earned as Johnny Ayers made an error on a ball in the sixth inning. Matt Meyer and Kevin Boggan shut down the Terps offense for the rest of the game which let BC come back with some clutch hitting. With the game tied at 3, Boston College exploded for three runs in the bottom of the eighth off Maryland’s best relief pitcher Seth Overbey. Shawn McGill and Ryan Hutchinson both got hits with one out to have runners on first and second with one out and Eric Campbell at bat. Campbell delivered with a shot over the third base line to score both runners. Eric has started to hit the ball much better in the last few weeks and seems to becoming a force with his bat. He is only a freshman, so he has plenty of time to become better at bat. He is very smooth defensively though.
Boston College received another solid outing from Terry Doyle today to lead the Eagles to a 9-4 victory. Doyle improved his record to 5-4 with a 3.28 ERA. His next start and final start on tea season will be against the UNC Tar Heels in two weeks. Hopefully, BC pitches him against Andrew Miller to have a showdown of aces. Shawn McGill and BC punter and second baseman Johnny Ayers had three hits to lead the attack. McGill had three RBI’s and Ayers had 2 runs scored respectively. Jared McGuire made a Yastremski like catch in the sixth inning. Top play of the year nominee from me. I will be there on Sunday for the final home game of the season.
The Maryland Terrapins knocked off the Boston College Eagles 11-10 in a wild game. Boston College jumped out to a 7-0 lead after 4 innings behind 3 RBI’s from Jared McGuire. The Maryland offense woke up in the 5th inning by scoring 4 runs with Dan Melvin hitting a 2 run homer. Maryland was held off the scoreboard until the 8th inning when Kevin Boggan came in and had his worst outing of the season. He only pitched 2/3 of an inning letting up 7 runs on 6 hits and one walk. Kevin had been a very good pitcher for BC this season but did not come through today. BC mounted a comeback in the bottom of the ninth to close it to 11-10 but come not come through with a runner on first with 2 outs.
Florida State at Wake Forest
Wake takes 2 out of 3.
Maryland at Boston College
BC takes 2 out of 3
Wright State at Miami
South Florida at GT
Gt takes 2 out of 3
Clemson at Duke
Weird Sunday through Tuesday series with Clemson sweeping the Blue Devils
Longwood vs NC State on Saturday and Sunday
NC State takes both games.
Boston College for the second consecutive weekend knocked off a Top 10 team but the difference this week was Boston College ended up winning two games. This was a big step forward for the program which has struggled throughout the season with a ton of early season losses. There has been many indications that Terry Doyle will become a dominant Ace for Boston College next season. He knocked off Clemson last weekend with a solid performance and this past weekend had very little command but still pulled out a 5-4 victory on Saturday. Nate Jeanes returned the favor on Sunday with a 5.2 innings of great junk ball pitching and holding the Jackets to a solo home run by Jeff Kindel who could be heard grunting when he hit the ball. Dave Preziosi had a huge 2 out triple to break the game open on Sunday and San Diego native Jett Ruiz had 3 hits and will be an excellent middle of the order next season.
One important thing to say about GA Tech was the loss of Danny Payne and Steven Blackwood. They both are great hitters and could have caused some trouble but both players were not available after they collided in game 1 and Danny Payne had a separated shoulder and Blackwood a bruised thigh.
I will be there on Saturday in Brockton (TV game) and Sunday in Chestnut Hill likely the last ACC home game for the seniors. I can’t wait till next year and see how we do.
Boston College dominated the Harvard Crimson 10-2 yesterday at Fenway Park. Boston College Junior CF Pete Frates had a career day going 4 for 4 with a home run into the visitor’s bullpen at the historic ground. He has been struggling this year hitting 212 on the season now.
Boston College has been struggling in their first season in the ACC but has been extremely competitive losing many hard fought games. Dan Houston and Terry Doyle have pitched pretty well for a freshman and a sophomore respectively. Doyle pitched 7.1 innings against Clemson this weekend to get a big 3-2 victory over the slumping Tigers. Boston College needs to get more consistent in the field with their defense which tens to give up too many extra outs.
The future is bright in Chestnut Hill with Peter Hughes coaching the team and showing what is needed to become an NCAA tourney team in the future.
This is an interesting year coming up. We have many changes in the College Baseball world with the Boston College Eagles joining the ACC and Tulane having to deal with the affects of Hurricane Katrina. I will be posting season previews every 2 or three days for different conferences. I am still looking for some more writers so feel free to write to me.