Eagles are Oxford Regional Champions
BC IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT For the first time, Boston College advanced to a Super Regional since the expansion to 64 teams. In the previous format, the Eagles won Districts four times to move onto the College World Series, the last time in 1967. Super Regionals were introduced in 1999. Continued.....
Mike Gambino, a 1999 Boston College graduate, was named head baseball coach on July 19, 2010.
He is in charge of rebuilding a program that made an emphatic postseason statement in 2009, earning its first Atlantic Coast Conference Championship berth and first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1967.
Gambino saw his most successful season in 2015, as the Eagles went 27-27 and he logged his 100th career win as a head coach in the final game of the season with a walk-off, 10th-inning victory against No. 24 Notre Dame. He led BC to the most wins under his tutelage and went 10-19 in the highly competitive Atlantic Coast Conference, sweeping No. 24 Georgia Tech and Duke. The Eagles ranked in the top five on six school record lists, including the second-fewest walks (231), the third-best fielding percentage (.976) and the pitching staff recording the fourth-most strikeouts (433). BC also ranked sixth on the year in the ACC in stolen bases (63) and doubles per game (1.78), fifth for stolen bases per game (1.17) and walks per game (4.28) and second in fielding percentage.
Four players from the 2015 team were drafted in the MLB First-Year Players Draft, including the 31st overall pick, outfielder Chris Shaw, the first BC first-rounder since 2009 and fifth overall. Pitchers John Gorman (31st round) and Jeff Burke (32nd round) and infielder Blake Butera (35th round) were also taken. Four Eagles earned New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-New England accolades while Gorman was named to the ACC All-Academic Team and Shaw collected All-ACC Second-Team, Perfect Game USA All-American Third-Team and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Northeast First-Team honors.
Greg Sullivan is in his sixth season as an assistant coach for the Boston College baseball team. He came to the Heights after spending four seasons as the head coach at Newbury College.
Sullivan primary works with the outfielders, hitters and is one of the three primary recruiters on staff. He is also responsible for running the Boston College Baseball Camps.
Since 2013, Sullivan has helped multiple players transition from the infield to the outfield and fill key roles for the Eagles. Current junior Michael Strem and seniors Logan Hoggarth and Gabriel Hernandez came to The Heights as infielders and have made the move to the outfield.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
John Murphy joined the Boston College baseball staff as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2015-16 season. The Sacred Heart graduate was drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft by the New York Yankees.
Murphy’s duties with the Eagles include working with infielders and hitters and video analysis.
The Seymour, Conn., native was the starting shortstop for the Northeast Conference Champion Pioneers in 2012 and 2011. He was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-America third team and the ABCA First-Team All-Northeast Region Team in his senior season. He earned All-NEC First-Team honors as a senior and second-team honors as a junior. Murphy also took home All-NEC Tournament Team accolades in 2012, going 5-for-10 with four RBIs, including a 3-for-3 performance in the championship game. In his sophomore season, he was named NEC Tournament MVP, going 5-for-13 with a home run, four runs and five RBIs. He led Sacred Heart as a senior with a .367 batting average, 76 hits, 13 doubles, eight triples and 47 RBIs. The Pioneers fell in the finals that season.
Director of Baseball Operations
Pete Frates joined the Boston College baseball team as the director of baseball operations during the 2012 season. A former player, Frates captained the Eagles his senior year in 2007.
Frates was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in March 2012. He played in the outfield for the Maroon and Gold from 2004-07. In both his junior and senior year, he tied for the team lead with five home runs, finishing his career with 11. He also tied for a team-high eight sacrifice hits his senior year and led the Eagles with 19 stolen bases.
The centerfielder set a modern BC record with eight RBIs in one game, going 4-for-6 with a grand slam, a three-run homer and an RBI double at Maryland on April 14, 2007. In Frates’ junior year, he went 4-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs in the Eagles’ 10-2 win over Harvard in the Beanpot Championship at Fenway Park.
Associate Head Coach
Alex Trezza joined the Boston College coaching staff as the associate head baseball coach in July 2016. As the Eagles’ pitching and catching coach, he came to The Heights with eight years of coaching experience and 12 years of professional playing experience.
In 2016, Trezza saw sophomore pitcher Baylor LapPointe collect All-Northeast Conference Second-Team honors and earn NEC Pitcher of the Week accolades twice. Under his watch, the Blackbirds boasted the Northeast Conference’s top GPA. In 2015, Trezza had three players named to All-NEC – outfielder Tommy Jakubowski earned first-team honors while first baseman Mark Hernandez and pitcher Bobby Maxwell were named to the second team.