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BC Baseball Drops Close Weekend Series to Pittsburgh

BC Baseball dropped two of three games this past weekend against conference opponent Pitt, with their only win coming on Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles lost the series opener by a score of 13-3. Despite opening up the scoring early, BC struggled to get runs across the rest of the game. Pitt took the lead back in the top of the second with a three-run inning, and the Panthers never looked back as their offense continued to put pressure on the Eagles.

After taking the lead in the first inning on a Joe Ventrano single, the BC’s offense fell quiet. It wouldn't be until the bottom of the sixth when they scored again, but by then the Panthers had already taken a 10-1 lead. 

The story of the game seemed to be that Pitt was able to capitalize on situations unlike the Eagles. BC only trailed Pitt by four in the hits column, 16-12, but the inability to turn base runners into runs ultimately led to the big loss. 

After the disappointing first game, the Eagles came back strong and, in spite of Pitt's push for a late game comeback, managed to hold onto a 9-8 win. 

Similar to Friday's game, BC was able to start the scoring early with two runs in the first. However, the offense never stalled, carried by a three-hit day from sophomore Joe Vetrano and a strong two-RBI performance from Rafe Chaumett, who had a big double in the eighth which extended the Eagles' lead to five.

On the pitching side, Joe Ryan (2-2) was able to pick up his second win of the season, pitching three innings and surrendering only one run.

The Eagles never trailed in the second game of the series, but that didn't mean there wasn't drama. Pitt was able to score four runs, capitalizing on some defensive mistakes by the Eagles. With their lead dwindled to one-run, pitcher Brendan Coffey was able to close out the game for the Eagles.

Sunday was another close game, but BC came up just short, losing by a score of 10-9. The game was primarily decided by an explosive third inning in which both teams combined for 12 runs.

The Eagles' offense was highlighted again by Joe Vetrano, who had four RBI’s and an all around stellar weekend at the plate.

The roles were reversed from Saturday's game as the Eagles made their attempt at some late game heroics. Trailing by four in the 9th, they were able to get three runs across including a two-run homer by right fielder Cameron Leary. Ultimately, the Eagles' hopes were crushed as Pitt buckled down and closed out the game, handing them their 18th loss on the year.

The eagles are now 14-18 on the year and currently sitting in sixth place in the Atlantic division of the ACC. 

Despite their slow start in Friday's game, offense was the strong point for the Eagles, and they hope to continue their scoring moving forward.