Let’s play two. Rhody baseball will play their second double-header of the 2014 season (and first at home) this afternoon as they welcome the Boston College Eagles to The Beck. This was initially slated to be a single game, but a second contest was added following a URI/BC rain-out two weeks ago. Here’s a closer look at today’s ACC opponent.
2013 Record: 12-40 (4-25 in the ACC)
Key Losses: C Matt Paré, P Hunter Gordon
Key Returners: IF Blake Butera, IF John Hennessy, P Andrew Chin
Much like Brown, VCU and seemingly every other team the Rams have faced lately, BC is on the upswing. The Eagles are currently 17-27 in 2014, including an 8-16 mark in the ACC. They’re also coming off a three-game weekend sweep of the Maryland Terrapins, although that was within the friendly confines of Chestnut Hill. BC sits at just 6-16 in true road games.
The Eagles have a pair of formidable staff day starters in Justin Dunn and Mike King. If that’s who they end up throwing, the Rams have their work cut out for them. Dunn, a freshman, has not recorded a decision on the season, but he carries a 2.84 ERA into today’s game. The righty has made just five appearances (two starts) this year, spanning just six and a third innings. King is much more seasoned. Also a freshman, the right hander is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in three starts and 13 overall appearances.
BC’s bats last year were… well, there wasn’t much for opponents to fear, let’s put it that way. But they’ve remedied that situation this season. Sophomore Chris Shaw has started every single game this season, and you can see why. The outfielder leads the Eagles in average (.314), doubles (14) and home runs (four), while playing error-free defense – the only such BC regular to do so. Fellow sophomore Joe Cronin is also a tough out. The infielder checks in at .287 on the year with a triple, a home run, and 10 RBI.
Three games in two days? No problem. The first of two begins at 2:30 p.m. today at The Beck. As a reminder, both games can be heard on WRIU 90.3 FM – click here for a live stream.