CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – In an interview with College Baseball Central, Boston College head coach Mike Gambino said that his team could be poised to achieve something special.
“As a club, in terms of chemistry, this team is on the verge of being really good,” Gambino stated. “We haven’t really started clicking yet, and we are still putting the pieces in the right spot, but when we play well we can beat anybody in the country.”
Maybe one of those pieces Gambino referred to was put into place during a 22-1 rout of Northeastern on the road Tuesday, and yet another piece when the Eagles defeated Holy Cross 4-2 on Wednesday at Holy Cross to capture two consecutive wins in a row.
Junior star outfielder Chris Shaw, who has had a slow start, broke out of his slump blasting two two-run home runs during the offensive barrage at Northeastern, registering a 4-for-5 day at the dish together with a double, three runs and five RBIs.
Sophomore Johnny Adams’ performance against Northeastern was possibly a hint that team synergy is forming, he had career highs for hits, runs and RBIs while going 4-for-5 on the day, logging three doubles, four RBI, four runs scored.
Everyone on the team seemed to tap into their zone as freshman Anthony Maselli had a grand slam, sophomore Michael Strem went postal going 2-for-4 with a double and five RBIs.
The pitching staff was stellar, with senior RHP John Gorman, redshirt junior RHP Geoffrey Murphy, sophomore RHP Bobby Skogsbergh and freshman RHP Trevor Massey combining for a one-run allotment while giving up no walks and no extra-base hits in the win over the Huskies.
“Everybody’s goal is Omaha, and to have a perennial post season program here,” Gambino clarified. “We want to make a run into the postseason, and this is what we talked about and worked for. It’s just a matter of figuring out which guys can have the most success in the right situations. Gorman is going to have success no matter where you start him.”
The Eagles are on the rise, with every aspect of the team clicking on all cylinders this week. In the win against Holy Cross, freshman Donovan Casey put up a 3-for-4 day with a run and an RBI, while senior RHP Eric Stone put his first win of the year in the books, working the first three frames for the Eagles. He only gave up one hit and one walk and fanned two batters.
·Showing signs of figuring it out, the Eagle pitching staff for the second day in a row put in a combined effort that was remarkable. Senior LHP Nick Poore, junior LHP Jesse Adams and freshmen RHP Brian Rapp and RHP Kyle Dunster held HC hitless in four relief innings. Even closer junior RHP John Nicklas sewed up his job by recording his second save of the year.
“We are in the best conference in the country,” Gambino said. “I am so passionate about BC. I believe in the university’s mission, and I want the baseball program to be a part of that mission.”
The Eagles will take the field at Pellagrini Diamond at Shea Field, hosting conference foe Duke for a three game series starting Friday. Things look to be in place for BC, as Gambino and company look to keep building the pieces to that puzzle.