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Boston College 17, UT Arlington 8: Eagles use huge eighth inning to win series

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Following a dominant performance from A.J Colarusso and Tyler Mudd in a 3-0 shutout on Saturday, the Eagles bats finally woke up late, scoring nine runs in the eighth inning en route to a 17-8 victory.

Michael Farinelli got the start for Boston College following a scoreless performance against California and immediately allowed two first-inning RBIs to Arlington’s Ryan Black and Ryan Ellis. The slow start seemed to give Farinelli a jolt, however, as the seventh-year graduate student settled in and tossed scoreless innings in the second and third.

The Eagles offense, which has proven inconsistent so far in this new season, managed to put a couple of runs on the board with a Nick Wang single after Sam McNulty and Barry Walsh walked to open up the third. They were able to scratch out three more against Mavericks’ starter Aaron Calhoun in the fourth, scoring one on an error by shortstop Jordan Medellin and adding two more on an infield single by Adam Magpoc and a groundout by Patrick Roche.

The Mavericks got one back in the fifth, knocking Farinelli out of the game, who finished his outing having allowed three earned runs over 4.2 innings while striking out three. The Eagles responded with one of their own in the sixth, and with the score 6-3 going into the bottom of the inning, manager Todd Interdonato elected to go with sixth-year senior Evan Moore. Moore got the first two outs of the inning before allowing an RBI single and was replaced by sophomore Beck Milner, who promptly allowed four more runs to score without recording an out.

The bats kept chipping away down 8-6 in the seventh, grabbing another run back before exploding for nine runs in the top of the eighth inning to give them a 16-8 lead — before they tacked on another the following inning. Kyle Wolff and Parker Landwehr hit two-RBI doubles and Wang added another RBI single as the Mavericks were forced to use four different pitchers before finally ending the inning. The bullpen was able to settle down after Milner’s meltdown in the sixth, as Jordan Fisse and Eric Schroder combined for 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball, with Fisse getting his second win of the season.

BC will resume play on Wednesday as they head back home for a meeting with the University of Maine.

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