DURHAM, N.C. – The first five batters in Boston College’s lineup got hits to start the game and the Eagles would score four runs in the top of the first en route to a 10-5 win over Duke on Saturday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field. The Blue Devils fall to 15-3 overall and 0-2 in the ACC while the Eagles improve to 4-6-1 and 2-0, respectively.
Right fielder Johnny Ayers singled through the right side to begin the game. Shortstop Ryan Hutchinson followed with a single to center, moving Ayers to third. Left fielder Jared McGuire then laced an RBI-double down the left field line to score Ayers. After third baseman Eric Campbell lined an RBI-single to left to score Hutchinson, catcher Jett Ruiz sent an RBI-double to right center to bring in McGuire. Center fielder Peter Frates then drew a walk before designated hitter Tony Sanchez drove in Campbell on a fielder’s choice, giving the Eagles the 4-0 lead.
Duke answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first to make it a 4-2 ballgame. Shortstop Gabriel Saade doubled to left to start the inning. After center fielder Jonathan Anderson drew a walk, right fielder Jimmy Gallagher singled to center to load the bases. First baseman Nate Freiman then lifted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Saade and moving Anderson to third. Designated hitter Brett Bartles followed with an RBI-double to left center to score Anderson.
Hutchinson added an RBI-single in the top of the second to extend Boston College’s lead to 5-2.
The Blue Devils would score a run in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 5-3 Eagles lead. After Bartles drew a walk and advanced to second on a passed ball to start the frame, left fielder Alexander Hassan laced an RBI-single to left center to score Bartles.
The Eagles added a run in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by McGuire to push their lead to 6-3.
Boston College then received a two-run single from Ayers and scored a pair of unearned runs on a Duke error in the top of the eighth to take a 10-3 lead.
Duke scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth to make it a 10-5 ballgame but that was as close as they would get. Catcher Matt Williams sent a one-out double to right to begin the inning. After second baseman Ryan McCurdy moved Williams to third on a groundout, pinch hitter Jeremy Gould lined an RBI-single up the middle to score Williams. Saade followed with an RBI-double to left, scoring Gould from first.
Right-hander Dan Houston (1-3) picked up his first win of the season, holding Duke to three runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings of relief. Duke starter Andrew Wolcott (2-1) suffered his first loss of the year after giving up five runs on eight hits in 1.1 innings. Freshman Michael Ness had a solid relief appearance for the Blue Devils, striking out six Eagles and allowing one unearned run in 5.2 innings of work.
Saade led the Blue Devils at the plate, going 2-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Hassan finished 2-for-5 with an RBI while Freiman, Bartles and Gould all drove in one run apiece.
Duke and Boston College will wrap up their three-game series on Sunday at noon at Jack Coombs Field.