Back on Track – The BC sweeps the Georgia Tech



After starting 2-7 in the ACC and being swept last weekend by #13 Virginia Tech, the Eagles had a tough series ahead of them. Georgia Tech has struggled recently but showed they could beat good teams by sweeping #22 NC State earlier this year. The Eagles needed a series win here since they will face multiple ranked opponents in April. Luckily, the Eagles came to play and dominated all weekend. 

Starting pitching was the biggest key for the Eagles this weekend. John West and A.J. Colarusso went at least 7 innings, putting the Eagles in excellent situations to win games. West had 8 IP, 2 ER, and 5 K to win the second game in an extra-inning thriller. Colarusso had 7 IP, 3 ER, and 6 K, which helped the Eagles blow out the Yellow Jackets to complete the sweep. I am genuinely amazed by Colarusso’s progress; he has come a long way since the beginning of the year. If BC can continue to get around 14 innings out of their starters, it will be a massive help since they usually rely on bullpen games for the 3rd game of the series. 

BC had a theme of starting hot in each game. On Thursday, The Eagles scored 2 runs in the first inning off a Patrick Roche lead-off home run and a Vince Cimini RBI single. The Eagles extended their lead in the second to 4-0 with a Roche RBI single and Sam McNulty sacrifice bunt. Kyle Wolff blasted a 2-run homer to score 6-0 in the fourth inning. In the fifth, McNulty and Roche added to the Eagles’ lead, each scoring another RBI, making it 8-0 Eagles. The Eagles extended their lead to 10-2 in the top of the ninth.

Meanwhile, Michael Farinelli was dominant on the mound, only allowing 2 hits, 1 walk, and 4 Ks through 4 innings. Evan Moore came in for Farinelli and had some issues. Although he let up 2 runs, he maintained his composure and provided 2 solid innings in relief. Aidan Crowley and Eric Schroeder finished the final three innings, combining for only 1 run. Crowley pitched 1 2/3 innings and got 4 of his 5 outs via the strikeout. Eric Schroeder finished the game, allowing 1 run and sealing the 10-3 win. 

Saturday’s game was the most impressive win out of the three. All year, I have had doubts that the Eagles have not won close games against good opponents. They lost 1 run game to NC State and Virginia Tech, so I worried they could not succeed when their bats were not at their best. They proved me wrong on Saturday, winning an extra innings game 5-3 when they trailed late. The Eagles railed late in the seventh and tied the game when Cam Caraher stole third and scored on a throwing error. The Eagles scored 3 runs in the tenth to propel them to the win. Parker Landwehr came through with a bases-loaded single, scoring 2 runs. The 3rd run came off of a bunt single from Cam Caraher. 

The Eagles ran into adversity into the bottom of the tenth after Jordan Fisse got into a jam. Kyle Kipp came into the game with bases loaded and no outs. Kipp got a ground ball to get the first out of the inning while Georgia Tech added a run. Finally, Kipp threw another ground ball that McNulty and Cimini spun into a beautiful double play to end the game. The pitching saved the Eagles after their offense was nonexistent. John West went for 8 innings, 5 Ks, and only allowed 2 runs. West single-handedly kept the Eagles in the game and allowed them to win a crucial ACC. 

On Sunday, the Eagles start hot with two homers in the first inning from Roche and a three-run homer from Adam Magpoc. BC led 5-0 after the first inning and never looked back. Through 4 innings, the Eagles had grown their lead to 11-2, getting significant contributions up and down the lineup. Both offenses slowed down for the next few innings, and the score was 11-3 going into the eighth. The Eagles exploded for an additional 5 runs, and Georgia Tech responded at the bottom of the inning with 4 runs. 

A.J. Colarusso had one of his best starts of the year, going 7 innings and only allowing 3 runs with 6 strikeouts. Aidan Crowley, Stephen McLendon, and Gavin Hasche pitched the final two innings, allowing 4 runs combined, but the Eagles’ offense was too much, and they cruised to a 16-7 win to complete the sweep. 

My MVP’s for this weekend was the starting rotation. Farinelli, West, and Colarusso looked dominant and controlled the game for each of their starts. If I were on the coaching staff, I would prefer Farinelli to start our Sunday bullpen games because I think he pitches better when he starts games. Patrick Roche is my offensive MVP for the weekend. He went 9/14 with a 2B, 3 HR, and 8 RBI. It was a monstrous weekend for the veteran. Saturday’s win was the best win of the year, in my opinion, and they are trending up at the right time. 

Looking ahead, the Eagles will play Harvard and Rhode Island during the week. Next weekend, they will host #17 Florida State (5-4 ACC).

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