Coming off a pair of losses in their last two conference series, Birdball dropped all three games to Clemson on Friday and Saturday in Brighton.
Boston College set the pace early in the first game of the series on Friday when shortstop Brian Dempsey launched a lead-off home run to left field in the bottom of the first. Jack Cunningham and Vince Cimini followed his lead, batting-in a run each later that inning.
However, Clemson was able to match that pace, putting up six runs of their own in the top of the second.
The offensive explosion continued in the bottom of the second when Birdball scored five of their own, highlighted by a Peter Burns single that resulted in a pair of runs to give BC the lead after Clemson starting pitcher Jackson Lindley dropped the ball while trying to get the out at first base.
BC added two more in the fifth when designated hitter Cody Morisette beat the shift to send in both runners at second and third on a single to right-center field, extending the lead to 10-6.
Boston College soon lost control, surrendering 10 runs between the sixth and eighth innings, bringing the score to 10-16. Both teams kicked off the series by exhausting pitching depth, with each of them playing five different pitchers during the opener.
The first game of Saturday’s double-header was a much tamer affair offensively, but Clemson won again, this time 3-9.
Both teams went without runs through the first three innings, logging only two hits each, until the first pitch of the fourth inning when Clemson shortstop James Parker hit a solo homer into left field off Boston College starter Emmet Sheehan.
Birdball ended the fifth inning with only one run after loading the bases with one out, scored on a fielder’s choice, bringing the score to 1-2.
James Parker ended Sheehan’s start in the top of the seventh after knocking in another run with a single to second base with two outs on the board, bringing Clemson’s lead to 1-3.
Boston College was able to tie it up over the next two innings with a Sal Frelick RBI single in the seventh and a Travis Honeyman sacrifice fly in the eighth.
The score stayed at 3-3 through the ninth, sending the game to extra innings, but the Tigers didn’t take long to end the first game of the double header, scoring six runs against Eagles pitchers Charlie Coon and Joey Ryan.
Birdball couldn’t bounce back in game three, losing the finale 2-7.
Clemson built a five run lead slowly over the course of the first six innings against BC starter Alex Stiegler.
BC broke through in the seventh, scoring two runs on an RBI single from Peter Burns and another Honeyman sac fly. Those would be the only two runs scored against Clemson starter Nick Hoffmann, who pitched all nine innings, giving up only six hits all game long.
The Eagles have fared much better in non-ACC action (8-1, compared to 3-9 in-conference), so they’ll hope to secure a win at UConn on Tuesday before going on the road for a three game ACC series against Virginia Tech later in the week.
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