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BC Birdball off to a Hot Start

The NCAA Men’s Baseball season has begun, and BC Birdball's strong start has come as a major surprise. 

From the start of the season through March 20th, the Eagles are 14-3 overall and 4-2 in conference play with several impressive wins on their resume. The Eagles defeated #2 Tennessee in 10 innings and took series against both #10 Virginia Tech and #21 Florida State. After not being ranked to start the season, the Eagles have entered the week of March 20th ranked 16th in the country. 

The Eagles' strong start through the first seventeen games can be attributed to dominant pitching. Starting pitcher Chris Flynn has been dominant. With a record of 5-0, Flynn has an ERA of 0.91, and a WHIP of 0.98. Flynn recently received ACC Pitcher of the Week honors after his performance against Florida State, where he struck out nine batters and only allowed two runs on four hits through seven innings. Starting pitchers Eric Schroeder and Henry Leake have also pitched well to start the season with records of 3-1 and 2-1, and ERAs of 3.57 and 3.63 respectively. 

BC Birdball has also seen strong hitting performances through the early part of the season. Junior Joe Vetrano leads the team with 6 home runs to start the season and also received ACC Player of the Week Honors recently for a 2 HR performance against Tennessee. The Eagles have three players with a batting average of over .300 and are averaging about 6 runs per game which, along with their strong pitching, has contributed to this strong start.  

Things appear to have turned a corner for the Eagles this season as they are having a much stronger start than a year ago. Through this point in the season last year, the Eagles were 7-10 and finished out the season 19-34. There is still a lot of baseball left to be played this season, but the vast improvement from a year ago along with the quality of opponents they have defeated should be an encouraging sign for the rest of the season. 

The Eagles hosted their first home series this weekend, defeating #21 NC State, and will be home the following weekend for a series against Georgia Tech.

Noah Shabahang
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