DURHAM, N.C. – Third baseman Eric Campbell scored on a squeeze play to break a 2-2 tie in the top of eighth inning and Boston College added seven more runs, including six in the ninth, to defeat Duke, 10-2, on Sunday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field. The Blue Devils fall to 15-4 overall and 0-3 in the ACC while the Eagles improve to 5-6-1 and 3-0, respectively.
With the score knotted at 2-2 entering the top of the eighth, Campbell was hit by a pitch to start the inning before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by first baseman Jett Ruiz. Center fielder Peter Frates then reached on a Duke error, giving the Eagles runners on the corners. Catcher Tony Sanchez was then able to get a sacrifice bunt down with two strikes, allowing Campbell to score the go-ahead run. Pinch hitter John Spatola followed with an RBI-single up the middle, scoring Frates and giving Boston College a 4-2 lead.
The Eagles then added six runs in the top of the ninth to take a 10-2 lead. Boston College received three straight bases-loaded singles from Ruiz, Frates and Sanchez before a two-run single by second baseman Joseph Ayers and an RBI-single by right fielder Johnny Ayers capped the scoring.
Boston College grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the third on an RBI-double by Campbell.
Duke came back to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth. First baseman Nate Freiman singled to right center to begin the frame before moving to third on a double down the left field line by third baseman Brett Bartles. Pitcher Alexander Hassan then lined a two-run triple into the gap in right center, scoring Freiman and Bartles.
The Eagles answered with a run in the top of the sixth, tying the game at 2-2 on a sacrifice fly by Ruiz.
Boston College starter Nick Asselin picked up his first win of the season, holding the Blue Devils to two runs on six hits in seven innings of work. Terry Doyle then came in and pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to earn his second save of the year.
Freshman Michael Seander suffered his first loss of the season after the Eagles scored two unearned runs in the eighth.
Hassan went 1-for-4 with a two-run triple to pace Duke’s hitting attack while Freiman finished 2-for-3 with a run scored.
The Blue Devils will host Fairleigh Dickinson for a two-game series on Tuesday and Wednesday at Jack Coombs Field before heading to Clemson next weekend.