Boston College baseball rode four home runs, as they opened their series against #25 Auburn with a decisive 8-2 win. Center fielder Sal Frelick and second baseman Luke Gold hit two homeruns a piece in the win.
The Eagles needed a big start from ace Mason Pelio (2-1), and that was exactly what they got. The preseason ACC Pitcher of the Year threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings, holding the NCAA's best hitting team to just four hits and three walks. Lefty Joey Walsh finished the game for the Eagles, allowing the two runs in 3 1/3 innings, earning the save.
Outfield Cody Morissette went 3-5 against the Tigers, while Brian Dempsey went 2-5 with two RBI and a double. The ninth inning comeback started with a leadoff-single by Frelick. The Eagles chipped away with back-to-back, two-out RBI-singles by Gold and freshman designated hitter Cameron Leary. Auburn went to its bullpen for RHP Seb Thomas with Frelick as the tying run in the hole, who socked a huge home run that cleared BC's bench as they rushed the field in ecstasy (video above).
A hit-by-pitch loaded the bases and a walk added another run. Senior left fielder Chris Galland (Sudbury, Mass.) ripped a double past third that brought in to runs and brought the tying run to the plate with the score 9-6.
Friday's win was a big one for the Eagles, as Mike Gambino's squad now has three wins against Top 25 teams. Also with the win Boston College moves to #1 in the nation in RPI. As these wins continue to add up, BC continues to build their resume for post season play.
BC and Auburn face off in game two today at Plainsman Park (Auburn, Ala.), a 3pm game with Emmett Sheehan taking the mound. This game will not be televised.
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