Eagles Take 1 of 3 in Weekend Series vs. Georgia Tech
By Michael Carbone
In the first game of the 3 game set versus ACC division counterparts, the Eagles bats fueled a commanding 9-2 victory, while senior pitcher Dan Metzdorf (4-2, 3.53 ERA) kept Georgia Tech hitters silent. The southpaw kept the Yellow Jackets scoreless through 6 innings, until finally surrendering a pair of runs in the 7th, going 6.2 innings with 6 strikeouts only giving up 4 hits. Thanks to Jake Alu’s (3-5, 3 XBH) leadoff double and Sal Frelick’s (2-3, 2 RBI, 2 R) hustle down the line to beat out an infield hit, the Eagles had the lead after just three hitters stepped into the box and would not look back. The Eagles scored at least one run in four of the first five innings, highlighted by a 2-run double by freshman Cody Morissette (3-4, 4 RBI), while junior Jack Cunningham added a double and came around to score twice.
Morrissette then answered the Jackets in the bottom of the seventh with 2 more RBI and senior reliever Thomas Lane (2.86 ERA) finished Georgia Tech off recording the final 7 outs of the game, striking out 5, without surrendering a run.
Game 2 would not bring the same success for the Eagles as they would lose 9-1. Their lone run came off a Morissette single in the 6th; however, by then, Georgia Tech was in command. In the top of the 3rd, Georgia Tech’s top of the lineup got on base and the bottom of the lineup came through driving them in, totaling 6 in the frame. Eagles starter Joey Walsh (1-4, 8.69) would surrender 7 hits before allowing 7 runs in 2.1 innings of work.
While six BC relievers limited Georgia Tech to 2 runs over the next 6.2 innings, the Jackets starter, Connor Thomas (5-1, 2.61 ERA) kept Boston College to only 1 run over 7 innings.
Entering the rubber match on Sunday afternoon, the Eagles turned to 6’4” freshman phenom Mason Pelio (4-2, 2.20 ERA) while Georgia Tech went with one of their best, 6’6” lefty Brant Hurter (2-2, 2.62 ERA) and shut out the Eagles 7-0. While Mason seemed to have his fastball, off-speed, and changeup working early, inducing a double play in the first inning and striking out the side in the second, he struggled with his command, walking 5 batters and hitting 2 in only 5 innings of work. For Hurter, he only allowed 5 baserunners scattered over 7 innings of work, while striking out 9 Eagles.
Thomas Lane came in again for the Eagles and closed the last two innings cleanly, totally 4.1 innings and none runs allowed. While Cody Morrissette went 1-4 with a single, making it 6-11 in the series with 5 RBI. Despite falling to under .500 (18-19) and 7-11 in ACC play, the Eagles have reason for optimism with a trusty reliever in Lane to close games and a rising star in freshman second basemen Cody Morrissette. The two look to lead the Eagles to a victory in their next game April 17thvs. Northeastern at Fenway and take momentum into another ACC series vs. UNC this upcoming weekend in Chapel Hill.