Sports, Spring, Baseball

Eagles Crush Holy Cross in Home Opener

In its home opener on Tuesday, Boston College baseball defeated Holy Cross 17–2, its largest win of the season and largest margin of victory since a 20–1 victory over Fairfield on March 1, 2020. 

BC (7–8, 1–2 Atlantic Coast) opened the scoring on a two-RBI single from Parker Landwehr in the first inning. The Eagles scored three more runs in the inning, and another four runs in the second inning. Outfielder Rafe Chaumette hit an RBI double in both innings. Chaumette finished the game with three doubles going 3-for-6 with two RBIs. 

Mason Pelio pitched the first inning for BC, his second inning of the season as he continues to face a limited pitch count due to recovering from an injury. He made his season debut on March 9 in a 11–8 loss to South Florida. 

The Crusaders (3–14) got on the board in the third inning off a hit from Nate Wolf. 

But the Eagles continued their hitting clinic in the bottom of the third, scoring three more runs. Landwehr hit another RBI single in the third for his second hit of the game. 

BC added another in the fourth to give BC a 13–1 lead, and Holy Cross scored once more in the fifth inning. 

But four more runs total in the fifth and sixth innings for BC—including two off a triple from Cameron Leary in the fifth—sealed the deal for the Eagles and secured a 17–2 victory in their home opener. 

BC capitalized on pitching and fielding struggles from Holy Cross all game. Eight Holy Cross pitchers took the mound throughout the game, and the group collectively gave up 15 hits, struck out seven batters, and walked 11. The group collectively hit four batters with a pitch. 

Leading by a large margin the entire game, the Eagles also played eight different pitchers, seemingly testing out the depth of their bullpen while holding a comfortable lead. Each pitcher only threw for one inning, aside from Luke Delongchamp, who threw both the second and third. BC’s pitching crew gave up five hits, walked eight batters, and struck out 14. 

Pelio and Brian McMonagle each struck out two batters, and Ryan Smith and Matthew Nunan each struck out three batters. 

Featured Image by Jess Rivilis / Heights Senior Staff

March 16, 2022