April 4, 1998
Ust, Heilman Highlight Notre Dame Baseball Sweep At Boston College (5-2, 6-4)
BOSTON, Mass. - Sophomore third baseman Brant Ust smacked his team-leading ninth home run of the season in the opener and added another long ball in the nightcap while freshman righthander Aaron Heilman came on to save both games as visiting Notre Dame swept a BIG EAST Conference doubleheader from Boston College, 5-2 and 6-4, Saturday at chilly Pellagrini Diamond.
Notre Dame (19-9, 5-0 BIG EAST) pushed its winning streak to nine games, the program's longest since a 10-game run midway through the 1996 season. The Irish are 25-6 in their last 31 BIG EAST regular-season games.
Boston College (9-71, 0-2-1) outhit the Irish in the first game, 10-7, but the Eagles left eight runners on base in the opener before stranding 10 in the nightcap.
Junior righthander Alex Shilliday (5-2) picked up the opening win, striking out five while allowing two runs on 10 hits and one walk. Shilliday loaded the bases in the seventh and final inning, after a hit batter, double and walk, but Heilman worked to a 2-2 count on potent cleanup hitter Ryan McGowan before blowing the final pitch past McGowan for the game-ending strikeout.
Junior lefthander Chris McKeown came on in relief of sophomore southpaw Tim Kalita in the fifth inning to win the second game. McKeown allowed two runs on six hits and one walk over three and two-third innings.
BC sophomore lefthanders Steve Langone and Andrew Sullivan turned in complete games. Langone allowed four earned runs, with four strikeouts and four walks while Sullivan's 123-pitch effort included six earned runs, four strikeouts and one walk.
Notre Dame surged ahead in the opener with two runs in the third, on an RBI single by Allen Green and run-scoring double down the leftfield line by J.J. Brock. Todd Frye's double in the fourth plated Alec Porzel and Jeff Felker singled home Greene in the fifth for a 4-0 Irish lead.
BC scored twice in the bottom of the fifth but Ust answered in the sixth by launching a 2-0, leadoff shot to straightaway center field.
The hosts jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the nightcap but the Irish tied the game in the fourth, when Ust sent a one-out, 1-2 pitch over the wall in right-center for his 21st career home run in 88 games.
Notre Dame pushed across three runs in the fifth, ignited by Frye's double down the leftfield line and Dan Leathreman's bunt single on an attempted sacrifice. Greene followed with an RBI single and Leatherman scored when Brock hit into a double play. Felker then doubled into the popular left corner and Wagner capped the inning with a single to left.
BC chipped away at the lead with runs in the fifth, sixth and eighth but Notre Dame added runs of its own in the seventh and ninth. Ust's double off the rightfield wall gave the Irish a 5-3 lead in the seventh while Greene's first-pitch home run inside the leftfield foul pole capped the scoring in the ninth and gave Greene his fourth home run of the season.
Notre Dame is 17-0 this season when scoring five or more runs. The Irish have homered in 10 straight games and have 36 total home runs in 28 games.
NOTRE DAME 0-0-2 1-1-1 0 -- 5 7 1
BOSTON COLLEGE 0-0-0 0-2-0 0 -- 2 10 2
Shilliday, Heilman (7) and Wagner. Langone and Waldon.
NOTRE DAME (19-9, 5-0 BIG EAST) 0-0-0 1-3-0 1-0-1 -- 6 14 0
BOSTON COLLEGE (9-7-1, 0-2-1 BIG EAST) 1-0-0 0-1-1 0-1-0 -- 4 9 1
Kalita, McKeown (5), Heilman (8) and Wagner. Sullivan and Waldon.