Facing a 1-2 count, down 9-1 to No. 25 Auburn in the top of the ninth with two outs on the road, Boston College could have started to pack up the gear and discuss how to bounce back from a tough series that saw them blow out a quality SEC opponent on Friday before getting blown out twice themselves. Nobody would blame them. They were down to their final strike with an eight-run deficit to a ranked Auburn Tigers club, but not this team. There’s something special about Mike Gambino’s squad this year.
In a wild comeback that felt more like something out of a Mike Lupica novel than reality, BC baseball scored EIGHT runs on their final out in the ninth inning to tie the game, before winning it 11-9 on a two-run blast from Luke Gold in the tenth inning.
It was fitting that Gold put the exclamation point on the Eagles’ legendary comeback. He was the one at the plate facing a 1-2 count with two outs in the ninth and a seemingly insurmountable deficit ahead. All he could do was swing and give the Eagles a chance, so he did and knocked a single into right center field that scored Sal Frelick.
Seven runs to go. Cameron Leary swung on a full count and ripped a single down the line, scoring Brian Dempsey and advancing Gold to second.
Six runs to go. Travis Honeyman got hit by a pitch and loaded the bases. Auburn tried a pitching change, but the next man up walked Dante Baldelli on four pitches and sent Luke Gold home.
Five runs to go. Chris Galland stepped up and smashed a double that scored Honeyman and Leary.
Three runs to go. With Baldelli and Galland looming in scoring position, Sal Frelick took his place in the batter’s box, and a hush fell over Plainsman Park when it dawned on spectators and players alike that the potential tying run was at the plate. The tense atmosphere was broken by a certain clank of the bat that every baseball fan knows can only mean one thing: a no-doubt home run. BC’s dugout erupted when Frelick turned on the second pitch he saw and launched an absolute bomb over the fence in right centerfield to tie the game, against all odds, at 9-9.
Frelick was mobbed at home plate by his teammates while the Auburn side could only watch in stunned silence. But the job was not done yet. Joey Walsh shut down the Tigers to get BC into extra innings. Luke Gold finished what he started with a two-run line drive homer that just barely climbed over the giant wall in left field. Walsh did the rest in the bottom of the frame, and just like that, BC triumphed 11-9 over Auburn in one of the most preposterous and improbable comebacks you will see in any sport.
The Eagles stormed all the way back with eight runs on their final out in the ninth inning to then win it on the road against a ranked SEC team. Better yet, the comeback also clinched a series win for BC after an 8-2 win on Friday and a 16-1 loss on Saturday. The nation has its full attention on this BC team now, and the impressive weekend has catapulted the Eagles up to No. 13 in Baseball America’s rankings. Birdball now sits at 8-2 overall on the season and takes on Maine at home on Tuesday afternoon before heading to Louisville for a huge showdown with the No. 15 Cardinals.