BRIGHTON, Mass.—The Boston College Eagles defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers, 9-8, on Saturday, April 9.
Outside of two inning-long outbursts, the Eagles pitchers largely stifled the Panthers offense, while their own offense continued to pile up runs.
The Eagles built an early lead against Panthers’ starter Logan Evans, who surrendered a leadoff double and a walk. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position, and a sacrifice fly followed by another double made it 2-0.
In the third inning, a walk and a triple increased the Eagles lead to three.
Panthers catcher Tatem Levins led off the fourth with a home run. Sky Duff and Ron Washington, Jr. drew consecutive walks and right fielder CJ Funk, who has found a power stroke in the last two weekends after just one home run in the first two months of the season, hit a home run to give Pitt a 4-3 lead.
Evans got the first out of the sixth, but manager Mike Bell pulled him after giving up a single and a double. Junior C.J. McKennitt allowed both inherited runners to score—one on a single, the other on a bases-loaded double that made it 7-4—giving Evans a final line of 5.1 innings pitched, five earned runs allowed and four strikeouts.
The Panthers earned just two hits the rest of the way, a pair of eighth inning singles erased by a double play and a fielder’s choice.
The Eagles, for their part, added two insurance runs with a double in the bottom of the frame, taking a 9-4 lead.
Two errors and a hit by pitch allowed the Panthers to close the gap with one out in the ninth. Second baseman Jeff Wehler hit a bases-clearing double, then scored himself on a single by Levins that made it 9-8. Center fielder Kyle Hess entered to pinch run, but Sky Duff ground into a double play that ended the game.
The loss moves Pitt to 17-12 on the season, and 6-7 in the ACC.
The series’ rubber match begins at 1pm on Sunday, April 10. Billy Corcoran is projected to start for the Panthers.