AUSTIN, Texas - Hours after losing the longest baseball game in NCAA history, Boston College ended its season by falling, 4-3, to Army yesterday in the Austin Regional of the NCAA tournament.
"Unfortunately, this ride came to an end a little bit sooner than we had expected," Boston College coach Mik Aoki said, "but we certainly got our share of baseball in while we were down here."
Late Saturday, the Eagles lost to Texas, 3-2, in 25 innings in a game that lasted 7 hours, 3 minutes and featured three "seventh-inning stretches." Texas won on an RBI single from Travis Tucker in his 12th at-bat.
Saturday's game featured 13 innings of scoreless relief by the Longhorns' Austin Wood. He threw 169 pitches, struck out 14, and gave up two hits - all after pitching two innings in a 3-1 win over Army the night before to earn his 15th save of the season.
"I was tired, but I put in the work, put in the dues, and it showed tonight," Wood said. "We never doubted that we weren't going to win that game."
Boston College's Mike Belfiore matched him pitch for pitch for 92/3 innings, allowing three hits and striking out 11 before leaving in the 19th.
Despite a quick turnaround, Boston College didn't seem particularly worn out yesterday.