Sunday, May 2, 2010

BC baseball: Living on the edge (again)

This weekend, riding all the momentum they could possibly have had, Boston College went down to Virginia Tech and got swept away rather unceremoniously.  The Eagles got outscored by a margin of 22-10 in the series by the #18 Hokies.  Their record has fallen to 24-20 (12-12) and their status in both the ACC Tournament and NCAA Tournament are in question (the latter far more).  BC has fallen back into the ACC's 7th position from 5th -- exactly where they were before they swept NC State a week ago.

Now here's the worse news: BC's last ACC series of the year are against #4 Florida State and #8 Georgia Tech.  Those series are at home for the Eagles, but I don't think that will make much of a difference.  Both teams are even better than Virginia Tech and good on the road, so winning two games total out of six would probably be an achievement.

As it stands right now, I would peg them at a regular season record of 28-26 with only 14 ACC wins.  That is about half a dozen fewer wins than they had last season, but one more in the conference.  This year, BC ended up sustaining a few too many non-conference losses and their failure to even win one game in Blacksburg will hurt them.  Looking at that upcoming schedule, it is difficult to imagine BC stealing series from either the Seminoles and/or Yellow Jackets.  In fact, getting swept is a much more realistic possibility than taking one or both series.

The bottom line is this: this was a critical series for BC's resume to prove that they could hang in and prop themselves up in the ACC, but instead the Hokies dealt them a brutal blow.  I would not be surprised if, on the new bracketology, BC is back out of the NCAA Tournament.  Make no mistake about it, the Eagles are once again in trouble, and it would take some miracles against FSU and GT to get them on the right side of the bubble once again.

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