BC Baseball Avoids Sweep Against NC State
By Lauren Isserow
Freshman Mason Pelio (4-1, 1.64) is continuing to pitch well for the Boston College Eagles. On Sunday afternoon, Pelio allowed just 1 run through 7.2 innings to No. 3 NC State. Throwing his third consecutive quality start, he lowered his ERA to just 1.64. Moreover, the 6 foot 4 inch San Diego, California native now has a 4-1 record for the 2019 season, including a 3-1 record in five starts against ranked ACC opponents.
“He doesn’t look like a freshman out there, does he?” Head coach Mike Gambino commented after Pelio’s start, “He loves the chance to pitch in a big spotlight. He’s a special one. Moose is going to be really special the next couple years.”
To support Pelio’s gem, the Eagles’ offense took an early lead in the first inning on a sacrifice fly to left field by Jack Cunningham, allowing Chris Galland to score. NC State tied the game in the 4th inning on a solo home run by the catcher, Patrick Bailey.
BC then broke the tie in the 8th inning, scoring on a single up the middle by Jake Alu, and then scored again on a sacrifice fly to center field by Sal Frelick. Thomas Lane allowed 2 hits in a 4 out save to close a 3-1 win.
The win on Sunday afternoon prevented a sweep by the Wolfpack. In a close game on Friday, BC’s 9th inning rally came up just short. With Dan Metzdorf (3-2, 3.68) on the mound, the Wolfpack took an early lead in the second inning on a RBI single to right field by David Vasquez. NC State tacked onto their lead in the third inning and seventh inning to take a 3-0 lead. A single by Peter Burns, and then a sacrifice fly by Brian Dempsey pulled the Eagles within one run in the seventh inning. A RBI triple by Ramon Jimenez tied the game in the eighth inning. However, BC relievers Joey Walsh and Matt Gill could not hold the powerful NC State offense, and conceded 3 runs in the top of the ninth inning. Despite a valiant effort, BC could only score two of the three necessary runs to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. The save was recorded by NC State’s Canaan Silver. The final score was 6-5.
Although the Eagles played close games on Friday and Sunday, BC suffered a blowout loss on Saturday afternoon. The Wolfpack exploded to score 16 runs, defeating BC 16-4. In a game to forget, BC pitchers struggled with control, giving up a total of 12 walks and 13 hits.
Despite BC taking the lead in the first inning, scoring two runs off of NC State starter Reid Johnston, the Wolfpack scored five in the third inning against Zach Stromberg and 6 in the sixth inning against Will Hesslink. In total, the Wolfpack scored 16 runs against BC pitching on Saturday.
Moving on from the tough series against NC State, BC looks to win in back to back games against the University of Rhode Island on April 9th at 4pm. LHP Joey Walsh (0-3, 8.34) will face RHP Blake DeCarr (0-0 3.86).