The Boston College Eagles enjoyed a strong fall campaign, going 5-1 in conference and 7-1 overall. After sweeping Albany and winning the series against Sacred Heart 2 games to 1, the Eagles will finish their conference schedule with Uconn, Umass, and Northeastern in the spring. With the season approaching, we thought we would highlight some of the strong individual performances from the fall season that contributed to the strong position the Eagles currently find themselves in heading into the second half.
- Brett Layman (3B): Layman, who spent the summer offseason in the batting cages every week to fix some holes in his swing, saw his hard work pay off this fall. Brett led the offense with a staggering .474 batting average, while also playing excellent defense at third base.
- Kevin Haley (LHP): After the graduation of longtime ace Nick Assad last spring and the injury to RHP Cameron Miller, the Eagles needed someone to lead the staff. Haley, a true sophomore wise beyond his years, stepped up and didn’t look back. In 16 innings pitched, Kevin had a 1.69 ERA and 14 strikeouts.
- Colin O’Neill (C): O’Neill added another stellar fall season to his impressive career resume, batting .323 with 3 doubles, 2 triples, and 6 RBI. Not much more you can ask for from your 3 hitter. In addition, O’Neill continued to play rock solid defense behind the plate.
- Jack Patrina (SS): Patrina picked up right where he left off last season, hitting .423 with a 1.115 OPS. Patrina also scored a team-high 7 runs. Everyone is very happy for Jack.
- John McQuillen (1B): McQuillen absolutely raked in the fall, hitting .450 and scoring 7 runs. More importantly, however, John led the team off the field, proving to be a valuable leader to a young and talented team.
- Zach Pessia (OF): In 22 at bats, Pessia hit .500. Nothing more to be said here, as Pessia effectively set the table for the middle of the order all fall.
Best Play from the fall season:
Down a run late in Game 2 of the Sacred Heart series, the Eagles were in need of a big play. That’s when Marc Pietropaoli stepped up to the plate with multiple runners on. Pietropaoli wasted no time, lacing a double down the left field line, putting the Eagles up for good.
Best Single Game Performance:
Grady Dittmaier (RHP): Dittmaier delivered an 8 inning scoreless performance against Albany in November, lighting up radar guns and striking out 8. This was one of the best pitching performances the Eagles have seen in the last few years, and was sorely needed.
Trevor Foehr (Utility): Foehr hit .364 in 11 at bats, and has been a model of consistency in his time at Boston College.
Best quote from the dugout:
“Get him a bucket, he’s throwing up!” –Mike Strabone about a pitcher who kept leaving his pitches a little high
News and notable:
BC is excited to welcome back Woody Hubbell for the fall season!