The Boston College Eagles' baseball team were defeated 3-1 in a low scoring game to the University of Connecticut when they played in Storrs on Wednesday afternoon. With this game, the Eagles have dropped to an even 12-12 on the season and 9-6 in non-conference games so far, while the Huskies rise to a 15-8 record.
UConn took an early lead in the first inning, 2-0, and BC was just never able to catch up, failing to put runs on the board despite both teams posting seven hits each. UConn put their first run on the board with an RBI double from SS Anthony Prato for the Huskies, sending 2B Michael Woodworth all the way home. Their second run came off a sacrifice fly off the bat of DH Christian Fedko, this time allowing Prato to score.
The Eagles’ only run was scored off a throwing error from UConn’s pitcher Colby Dunlop, allowing Jack Cunningham to keep this from being a scoreless game for BC. Despite a tough day for the Eagles, this marked Cunningham’s seventh multi-hit game of the season and the 18th of his career so far.
It was UConn’s stellar pitching that kept BC out of the game from the start. The starting pitcher Dunlop gave up just six hits and one unearned run through his five innings on the mound, and also walked no batters. Also pitching for the Huskies were Caleb Wurster, CJ Dandeneau, and Jake Wallace, all three of which threw scoreless innings to keep the Huskies on top.
Catcher Thad Phillips had an RBI single in the fourth inning that gave the Huskies their third and final run of the game, maintaining a strong 3-1 lead. Fedko was able to score off this one and neither team would be able to find home plate again for the remaining five innings.
After the Eagles' starting pitcher Joe Mancini got pulled after throwing just two innings, five other Eagles split up the rest of the innings on the mound. Jacob Wallace pitched a perfect ninth inning which included two strikeouts to end the game.
BC freshman Sal Frelick had a standout game in the outfield. The center fielder narrowly prevented a two-run homer in the first inning. He climbed the fence in center field to make the impressive catch, narrowly keeping the Huskies from getting too big of a lead. Frelick saved the Eagles once again as he ended the sixth inning by recovering a missed catch. He threw the ball to get the runner out at third, again just barely preventing another UConn run.
As the Eagles drop to .500 on the season so far, they will look to regain a winning record this weekend as they travel to Tallahassee. The Eagles will face-off against ACC rival No. 20 Florida State (17-7-0) in this series with games this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
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