Previewing 2018 Baseball: Northeastern

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After taking the opening game, then suffering two-consecutive disappointing losses in this past weekend’s series against Virginia, Boston College baseball (7-10, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) is looking to pull out a win on Tuesday afternoon against Northeastern (9-5) at the Eagles’ new astroturf facility, the Brighton Campus Baseball Field. It was wishful thinking that BC was going to come home from Charlottesville, Va. with two or more wins, but failing to do so, the Eagles could use a win in order to start the climb back to .500.

Who is BC playing?

Northeastern

When is BC playing?

Tuesday, March 20, 2:30 p.m.

Where is BC playing?

Brighton Campus Baseball Field, Brighton, Mass.

How to Watch:

The game will be streamed live on the ACC Digital Network.

Probable Starters:

RHP Jack Nelson (0-1) vs. RHP Brian Christian (1-3)

By the Numbers:

BC:

1) Senior Jake Palomaki, one of the Eagles’ top offensive weapons, has recorded a .438 batting average, 32 hits, 17 runs, and seven stolen bases this season. He now holds the number three spot in the BC record books for swiping a total of 48 bases in his career.

2) BC recorded at least 10 hits a game this past series against UVA. BC has an overall team batting average of .284, compared to its opponents, who are batting an average of .289 off them.

3) The Eagles have a 6.49 ERA and are giving up an average of 6.2 runs per game.

Northeastern:

1) This year, Jake Farrell, the Huskies’ leading offensive player, is batting .373, not to mention his six doubles, three home runs, and 15 RBIs.

2) Northeastern’s team batting average is .284, the same as BC’s, and the Huskies are conceding an average of 6.4 runs per game.

3) Junior outfielder Charlie McConnell is hitting .383 this year with five doubles and seven RBIs. Senior infielder Max Burt is not too far behind with a .377 batting average, four doubles, and 12 RBIs.

Outlook:

The Eagles are still in decent shape, as far as the ACC standings go, but need to start stringing victories together. After winning the first game of the series against UVA, BC’s bullpen struggled in the next two contests, resulting in two discouraging losses. In order to start consistently winning, the Eagles need to knock down their ERA—otherwise their bats’ production will be rendered meaningless. BC has the same batting average as Northeastern (.284), which could make for a close game, unless the Eagles’ hurlers can shut down the Huskies. BC has to watch out for Farrell, who has been dominant all year, especially with runners in scoring position. Farrell, along with Northeastern’s other two strong offensive players, McConnell and Burt, could prove to be a tough trio of sluggers for BC to keep in check.

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