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Birdball Takes Virginia Tech Series, 2-1

In their first weekend series on the new Brighton Campus baseball field, Boston College baseball came away with a victory, taking two of three games over Virginia Tech. The Eagles won 7-4 Friday afternoon. They then split a double header on Saturday, first winning 6-2 before dropping the final birdball contest, 5-2.

The Eagles jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in Friday's game after Jack Cunningham came up with a big hit; the bases were fully loaded. The Hokies answered by scoring a run in each of the next four innings to take a 4-3 lead, but the Eags retook the lead with four runs in the seventh off two walks and a hit-by-a-pitch.

Cunningham led the offense, going 2-4 with a career-high four RBI. Starting pitcher Jacob Stevens threw 6.1 innings, striking out seven Hokies in the process. The win marked BC’s first victory at their brand new Brighton field .

Birdball snatched a series victory after their win in the first half of Saturday’s double header. Seniors Mitch Bigras and Jake Palomaki each hit a solo home run, but the biggest at-bat of the afternoon came from Dante Baldelli.

At the bottom of the ninth, Baldelli came to the plate with bases loaded and the game tied at two. He blasted one over the left field wall for a walk-off grand slam.

“Honestly, you can’t really picture anything better than that,” said Baldelli.“It was a pretty cool moment, especially being on the new field that we just opened up this week.”

Starting pitcher Dan Metzdorf also shone for the Eagles. Metzdorf went for eight innings, striking out 13 and allowing just one earned run. Although the Eagles’ bats only came up with two runs during the first eight frames, Metzdorf kept his team in the game.

“I felt good today, my slider was definitely good,” said Metzdorf. “We basically capitalized on a good day.”

Despite taking the first two contests, the Eagles failed to complete the series sweep, dropping the second game of Saturday's double header 5-2. 

Cunningham added two more hits in the final game, bringing his weekend total to a team-leading five hits, posting with a .417 batting average.

Jake Palomaki, who is near the top of the team in all major offensive categories this season, drew a walk to extend his streak of reaching base to 16 games. So far this year, Palomaki has posted an on-base percentage of .491 through the Eagles’ 21 games.

The Eagles came away with an important ACC series victory to mark the first weekend series at their new field. They now stand at 9-12 on the season overall and 4-5 in ACC play.

BC will remain at home early this week when they take on UConn at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27. They then look to continue their momentum in ACC play when they head down to South Carolina for a three-game series against Clemson.

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