Baseball: BC Series Preview

In ACC play, the Miami Hurricanes have been quite inconsistent. For every series win against a top-15 Clemson team, there has been a series loss to Duke.

In times when you were hoping that they would rise to the occasion, they have fallen flat. Other times, you haven't expected much from them and they have impressed.

With as up and down as conference play has been, a road trip to take on the Boston College Eagles is just what the doctor ordered.

Third-year coach Mike Gambino has had a hard time leading his team to wins in his first two seasons after taking over for Mik Aoki, but so far, this 2013 season takes the cake.

The Eagles will come into this series with a 6-34 overall record. Believe it or not, their next win in ACC play will be their first of the season. Offensively, the numbers aren't very good for the Eagles.

As a team, they are hitting just .208. Leading hitter Matt Pare is hitting .279 with a .380 on-base percentage. In conference play, Pare is hitting .328, though. Junior John Hennessy is hitting .276 with a team-leading .395 on-base percentage and 16 RBI. Blake Butera is hitting an even .250, but leads the team with 35 hits. No other player with more than 14 at-bats has a batting average higher than .244. Freshman Chris Shaw leads the team with four home runs and is second on the team with 15 RBI, but he is hitting just .152.

On the mound, they aren't any better. As a team, they have a 6.18 ERA and opposing hitters have a .305 batting average against them.

Senior right-hander Hunter Gordon has been the most consistent pitcher on the staff. In ten appearances (five starts), Gordon has a 4.15 ERA. Redshirt freshman left-hander Andrew Chin has a 4.96 ERA and leads the team with 35 strikeouts in his ten appearances (nine starts).

The Eagles do boast a couple of steady bullpen arms. Freshman righty John Nicklas has a 4.58 ERA in 16 appearances and lefty Nate Bayuk has a 4.61 ERA in 20 appearances.

The fact is that there is no excuse for Miami to come home with anything less than a series sweep. I doubt there is a major conference team in college baseball that has struggled as mightily as Boston College has this season.

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