Boston College pounded NC State’s pitching in the first ACC game at Fenway Park
BOSTON — NC State (20-18, 8-11 ACC) dropped its series opener against Boston College (13-22, 4-15 ACC) in the Sixth Annual ALS Awareness Game at Fenway Park Saturday afternoon, 8-3.
Prior to the start of the game, former NC State pitcher Chris Combs and former Boston College team captain Pete Frates were honored for their continued fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The game was formally in honor of Frates, and all ticket proceeds went to the Pete Frates #3 Fund. Combs threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Senior left-handed pitcher Sean Adler (3-6, 5.44 ERA) started on the mound for the Wolfpack, and the Eagles pounced on him early. The Northridge, Calif. native left after 2/3 inning as BC scored four runs on four hits and a walk during his tenure on the mound. Redshirt senior right-hander Johnny Piedmonte and senior righty Joe O’Donnell each surrendered two runs each, only one earned for both, after relieving Adler. Piedmonte pitched 4-1/3 innings and struck out two while allowing eight hits. O’Donnell hurled an inning of work and allowed four hits with one strikeout.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Mathieu Gauthier pitched two perfect innings to round out the Pack’s pitching. The Candiac, Quebec native struck out two Eagle batters as the Boston College batters were held in check.
The Eagles plated four runs in the bottom of the first before the Pack got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth. Junior third baseman Evan Mendoza started the inning with a double. After a fly-out moved Mendoza to third, sophomore left fielder Brett Kinneman grounded out to drive him home.
State managed to cut the deficit to a single run wth two more runs in the top of the sixth. Freshman second baseman Will Wilson and junior center fielder Josh McLain reached base with back-to-back two-out singles. Freshman designated hitter Brad Debo doubled to score Wilson and McLain. However, the Eagles responded with four unanswered runs in the home half of the sixth to secure the win.
NC State will return to action Sunday with a double-header against the Eagles. First pitch from Chestnut Hill, Mass. is set for 10:30 am.