BC Eagles one win away from College World Series


BC Eagles one win away from College World Series

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Boston College is one win away from its first trip to the College World Series in 49 years.

Junior right-hander Mike King was drafted by the Miami Marlins and earned Boston College’s first-ever Super Regional win all in the same day as the Eagles defeated the Miami Hurricanes 5-3 on Saturday.

The teams will play the deciding game of the best-of-three series on Sunday. The winner advances to the CWS in Omaha, Nebraska.

“Mike was great today against a lineup that is so good,” Boston College coach Mike Gambino said of King. “He made a mistake to (Miami catcher and first-round pick Zack) Collins. And Collins did what he does with mistakes — he put it off the garage (for a solo homer).”

The Eagles, though, overcame the homer for their first win at Mark Light Field since 2010. The Eagles are 2-14 here all-time.

King (8-4), who allowed nine hits, four walks and three runs in six innings, was drafted in the 12th round at the same time he was helping the Eagles (35-21) avoid elimination against No. 3 national seed Miami (49-12).

The Hurricanes, who have won four national titles, most recently in 2001, will be trying to make its second straight CWS appearance.

Saturday’s game was postponed after the eighth inning for nearly three hours (2:55) due to lightning.

After the rain delay, Bobby Skogsbergh came in and earned his fourth save, pitching a scoreless ninth that lasted just seven minutes.

Sunday’s probable starters are BC freshman right-hander Jacob Stevens (4-3, 2.14) and Miami sophomore right-hander Jesse Lepore (9-0, 2.20).

However, it’s possible Lepore, who left last Sunday’s start after just three innings due to shoulder tightness, may not be able to pitch.

No matter who pitches, though, Miami right fielder Willie Abreu said his team is confident.

“Our team is loose,” he said. “We know we lost a game, and we’re upset about that. But you know what? We’ve got to get over that, and our emotions are good.”

Donato misses Bruins practice for Harvard class commitment

Donato misses Bruins practice for Harvard class commitment

It might have caused a ripple when Ryan Donato wasn’t on the ice on Tuesday afternoon in St. Louis for Bruins practice on the day after his brilliant, three-point NHL debut for the Black and Gold. But the 21-year-old Donato was still back in the Boston area fulfilling some class requirements at Harvard University to help him close out the current semester properly, and not lose the credits that will keep him in line with fulfilling his junior year at Harvard University.

Believe it or not, the schoolwork is important to the newest member of the Boston Bruins and he intends to study and hit the books on his road trips, and also intends to take classes in the summertime to still graduate on time next season.

“I’m planning on finishing the semester academically. I want to finish the semester academically,” said Donato, after Monday’s morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena prior to last night’s debut vs. Columbus. “Obviously it’s going to be something that’s difficult, but for me it was a dream to graduate from Harvard. I’m putting that off a little bit, but I need to be able to finish this semester in order to have that opportunity, and not put it off for another couple of years. I want to finish out the semester.”

Donato is also still living in the Harvard dorms while “moonlighting” as an NHL hockey player for the rest of the season, but that isn’t all so uncommon among some of the college players that leave school early. Charlie McAvoy was similarly living in the Boston University dorms last spring through Boston’s playoff run, and didn’t clear out of his college living situation until after the Black and Gold had been eliminated by the Ottawa Senators last April.

Missing practices on an NHL schedule is certainly a new one with, Donato, however, and takes the student-athlete concept to a whole new level for somebody that's already turned pro. One has to expect this was one of the things being discussed in full when the Donato family, Ryan's agent and the Bruins discussed his contract terms over the weekend before coming to an agreement.

Along with Donato, who is scheduled to fly into St. Louis and play against the Blues on Wednesday night, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy, David Backes, Jake DeBrusk, Rick Nash and Torey Krug were all missing from the ice at Tuesday’s team practice ahead of a four game road trip against Western Conference opponents.


As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third. 

Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.

In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three. 

Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies.