Boston College’s Dan Metzdorf lived up to his all-conference billing today, throwing a complete game and only allowing one run as he led the Eagles (31-26) to a 5-1 upset over #7 Louisville (43-14).
The win for Boston College automatically puts the Eagles in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament, now awaiting the winner of Pool D on Saturday afternoon. Louisville is eliminated from advancement in the ACC Tournament, but will have one more game in their pool against Clemson tomorrow before concluding their brief run.
Metzdorf and Louisville pitcher Nick Bennett threw shutouts for the first three innings, keeping both teams off the scoreboard and showing signs of a pitcher’s duel in the game.
Bryan Hoeing came into the game for Louisville in the fourth inning, and Boston College was able to get on the board with a two-RBI single from Jake Alu.
Louisville finally got a run in the seventh inning, coming on Logan Wyatt’s RBI groundout. But Boston College put on three runs in the seventh and eighth innings to ice the game. Gian Martellini and Joe Suozzi had RBI singles in the seventh inning, with Jake Alu drilling an RBI double in the eighth inning to add an insurance run and put the Eagles up at 5-1.
On this day, it would be the Dan Metzdorf Show for Boston College. The senior earned All-ACC First Team honors on Monday, and backed up his billing with a complete game performance against the Cardinals. Metzdorf threw 120 pitches (75 for strikes), and only allowed one run on three hits. At one point, he had retired ten Louisville batters in a row from the third to the sixth inning, and had five innings where he retired all three batters back-to-back-to-back.
Louisville wasn’t able to get many chances at adding on runs. They had runners on first and second with no outs in the top of the ninth, but a 5-3 double play eliminated the runners at the corners. Logan Wyatt did draw a walk, but Alex Binelas struck out to wrap up the complete game for Metzdorf.
Other than Metzdorf’s career day, the Eagles had a solid performance from Jake Alu and Joe Suozzi. Alu finished 2-for-4 with a double and driving in three RBIs for Boston College. Suozzi was also 2-for-4 with a double, and drove in one RBI, with Gian Martellini (1-for-4) bringing in the lone other RBI for the Eagles.
Louisville, who entered the ACC Tournament leading the conference in batting average and runs scored, finished 3-for-28 (.107) at the plate, with Lucas Dunn, Jake Snider, and Justin Lavey recording the only hits for Louisville.
The Cardinals wrap up their run in the ACC Tournament tomorrow with an 11 a.m. game against Clemson.