Fall Report: Boston College

Fall Report

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — By the end of the 2019 season, it was obvious that Boston College had one of the best young cores in the ACC. Center fielder Sal Frelick, second baseman Cody Morissette and righthander Mason Pelio turned in standout freshman seasons and proved that they are stars in the making. The Eagles opened eyes by winning a series at Florida State in late March, then won their final two regular-season series before taking down Clemson and Louisville in the ACC tournament, where they lost to North Carolina in the semifinals. The plucky young Eagles were probably a win or two short of making a push for at-large consideration, with an RPI in the mid-50s and a 14-19 aggregate record in the ACC. And that strong stretch run came without freshman All-American Frelick, whose season was cut short by a knee injury.

Any team in college baseball would be happy to build its roster around Frelick, Morissette and Pelio, three legitimate rising stars with serious impact tools and top-notch makeup to match. Throw in emerging fellow sophomores Peter Burns, Emmet Sheehan and Lucas Stalman plus another strong freshman class, and it’s easy to see why BC coach Mike Gambino thinks his team has a real two-year window to make a run at hosting a regional in its beautiful one-year-old ballpark, and maybe even breaking through to Omaha.

The new Brighton Field complex has changed the game for Boston College, which is now able to land more game-ready recruits with louder tools than it could when it played at Pellagrini Diamond at Shea Field, which was one of the worst venues of any major-conference team. The Eagles always had a knack for finding gritty gamers with modest raw tools and developing them into winning players, but now the talent level has climbed to new heights, and BC’s ambitions are rising accordingly. …

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