DURHAM, N.C. – Catcher Tony Sanchez broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the eighth with an RBI-single and Boston College added another run on a bases-loaded walk as the Eagles defeated the Duke Blue Devils, 3-1, in the ACC opener for both ball clubs. The Blue Devils, who dropped their first home game of the season, fall to 15-2 overall and 0-1 in the ACC while the Eagles improve to 3-6 and 1-0, respectively.
With the score knotted at 1-1 entering the top of the eighth, first baseman Jett Ruiz doubled to left to begin the inning. Jeff Schomaker came in to pinch run for Ruiz and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by center fielder Peter Frates. Sanchez then lined an RBI-single past a diving Gabriel Saade at short to score Schomaker. Designated hitter Michael Belfiore followed with an infield single to give the Eagles runners at first and second. After a sacrifice bunt by second baseman Joseph Ayers, right fielder Johnny Ayers was intentionally walked to load the bases. Shortstop Ryan Hutchinson then drew a bases-loaded walk, scoring Sanchez and giving the Eagles a 3-1 lead.
Boston College grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the third on a solo home run by Joseph Ayers.
Duke would tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth. Right fielder Jimmy Gallagher drew a walk to start the frame. Gallagher would then advance all the way to third when Sanchez’s pick off throw from the plate sailed into right field. Catcher Matt Williams then lifted a sacrifice fly to right to score Gallagher.
Boston College starter Kevin Boggan improved to 2-0 on the season, holding the Blue Devils to one run on three hits in seven innings of work. Terry Doyle then pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth for his first save of the year.
Duke starter Tony Bajoczky (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season despite a terrific performance on the mound. Bajoczky struck out five batters and held the Eagles to two runs on two hits in 7.1 innings pitched.
Left fielder Alexander Hassan went 2-for-2 to pace the Blue Devils at the plate. Williams finished 1-for-3 with an RBI and Gallagher was 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
Duke will continue its three-game series with Boston College tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Jack Coombs Field. The Blue Devils and Eagles will then wrap up their three-game series on Sunday at noon.