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KCT on Campus: Gambino tabbed to guide Eagles

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 19, 2010

From The College Baseball Blog:

Mike Gambino, a 1999 graduate of Boston College, has been named head baseball coach, Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo announced today.

Gambino, who was an assistant coach for the Eagles from 2003-05, replaces Mik Aoki who resigned to become the head coach at Notre Dame.

Following the announcement, DeFillipo stated the following:

“We are very excited to bring back Mike Gambino as our new head coach. As a former player and assistant coach here, Mike has the experience and passion to bring the baseball program to the next level. He has already hit the ground running.”

Gambino has spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech under former BC head coach, Pete Hughes. He served as the Hokies’ recruiting coordinator and also worked with the hitters and infielders. Virginia Tech’s batting average improved 40 points (from .279 to .319) under his direction since the 2006 season.

Gambino was very excited about returning to BC. He stated:

“I want to thank Fr. Leahy, Gene DeFilippo and Tom Peters for giving me the opportunity to come back and coach at my alma mater. I’m very excited to be back at the Heights. I plan to continue to build on the success established by my coaching predecessors. It’s a goal I have been working toward since I was a player. We will strive for excellence in the classroom and on the field. We’re going to work extremely hard as a staff and as a team to get BC into the national tournament consistently, and we’re going to have a lot of fun doing it.”

Gambino, who played for the Eagles from 1997-2000, started 166 games in the middle infield. He held a career batting average of .313 with 22 doubles, eight homers, 87 RBI and 117 runs. In his final season in 2000, he belted 78 hits and scored 52 times, which ranks tied for fifth and eighth, respectively, in a single season. His 78 hits that year was the most in a single season at the time.

He was a first-team All-Big East, All-New England and All-Northeast region honoree following his senior campaign. He also earned second-team All-New England and Big East Academic Team accolades during his playing career. Following his career with BC, the Garrison, N.Y., native played two seasons in the Boston Red Sox minor league system. He spent the 2000 season with the Augusta Green Jackets before splitting the 2001 season between Augusta and the Lowell Spinners. In 2002, the Red Sox hired Gambino as a special assistant to the Major League staff before heading back to Lowell for a coaching role with the Spinners just prior to the June draft. Following his stint in Lowell, the Red Sox sent Gambino to the Major League Baseball Scout Development Program.

In January 2003, Gambino returned to Boston College as an assistant coach under Hughes.

Gambino received his bachelor’s degree from the Heights in English and theology.

2010 – Boston College head coach
2007-10 – Virginia Tech assistant coach
2006 – Detroit Tigers regional scout
2003-05 – Boston College assistant coach
2000-02 – Played in Boston Red Sox minor league system
1995-2000 – Played at Boston College


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KCT on Campus: Aoki named Notre Dame head coach

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 13, 2010

From The College Baseball Blog:

Mik Aoki, the only head baseball coach to lead Boston College to an NCAA Regional since 1967, has been named the 20th head baseball coach in University of Notre Dame program history.

“Mik has all the characteristics that were imperative for us in the search for a new head baseball coach,” said Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick. “He is not only recognized as a top-notch recruiter, but also understands the value of top-caliber student-athletes, both on the field and in the classroom.”

“I am so excited about the opportunity to be the next head baseball coach at the University of Notre Dame,” said Aoki. “Obviously, the University and its reputation speak for itself, but I also truly feel this is one of the premier baseball jobs in America. Notre Dame possesses the perfect combination of academics and athletics. We have absolutely everything in place to compete at the highest level. My enthusiasm to start the recruiting process and bring this program back to its natural place of prominence is immediate.”

Aoki was introduced Tuesday at press conference in the Joyce Center Monogram Room.

Aoki arrives in South Bend after a four-year stint in as the Eagles’ head coach. He brought the Boston College baseball program into the national forefront after leading the Eagles to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament each of the past two seasons (the only two ACC Tournament appearances in school history) and their first NCAA Regional appearance in 42 years (2009).

In 2009, the Eagles nearly knocked off number-one national seed Texas in an NCAA-record 25-inning game that would have propelled them to the finals of the ’09 Austin Regional and given Boston College a great chance at reaching its first Super Regional in program history.

The Aoki File

Prior to being named Boston College head coach, Aoki, a Plymouth, Mass. native, spent three seasons (2004-06) as pitching coach for the Eagles. In 2004, he oversaw a staff that had five pitchers sign professional contracts at season’s end.

Prior to his arrival in Chestnut Hill, Aoki spent five years (1999-2003) as Columbia head coach, leading the Lions to an 87-140 mark during that span. His teams won 20 or more games in each of his last three seasons. Before the Aoki era, the Lions had not posted a 20-win season since 1987.

Before assuming his duties at Columbia, Aoki spent four years (1995-98) as assistant coach at Dartmouth. In that position, he focused his efforts on the team’s infielders and hitters, while also serving as the program’s recruiting coordinator.

He began his coaching career in 1992 as head coach at Manchester (Conn.) Community College, then served two seasons (1993-94) as an assistant coach at Ohio University.

Born Oct. 7, 1968, in Yokohama, Japan, and raised in Plymouth, Mass., Aoki attended Milton Academy in Milton, Mass. He earned four letters and started for three years in baseball at Davidson (1987-90), as a second baseman, third baseman and catcher. He still ranks among the school’s career leaders in slugging percentage (.547, eighth) and batting average (.335, ninth). In his senior season (1990), he finished with a team-leading .365 batting average. He stroked 20 doubles in his final season, second most in a single year in Davidson history. He also cracked 13 home runs in 1988, fifth-best total in a single season at Davidson. Two of those homers were grand slams – and only six other players in Davidson history have hit two grand slams in a season.

Aoki owns an undergraduate degree from Davidson in english (1990) and a master’s degree from Ohio University in physical education in athletic administration (1994).

Aoki played one summer of professional baseball in the Netherlands – for the HCAW Tigers of the Dutch Major League — following his graduation.

Mik and his wife, Sue, have three children – son, Kai (5), and daughters Bryn (2) and Reese (six months).

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KCT On Campus: Eagles top Huskies to win Beanpot title

Posted by Joshua Kummins on April 22, 2010

Boston College captured their ninth Baseball Beanpot title on Wednesday night. (John Quackenbos)

 After winning a scary first round game against Harvard, which saw a late-inning rally, the Boston College Eagles (20-17) had a much easier road to a 9-3 win over the Northeastern Huskies (7-18) on Wednesday night to capture the 2010 Baseball Beanpot title at Campanelli Stadium.

An RBI triple by Frank Compagnone gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

Andrew Lawrence countered with an RBI triple of his own to tie the score at 1-1 in the second inning.

In the third inning, the Maroon and Gold broke the game open as they put a five spot on the board, thanks in large part to a three-run home run by Anthony Melchionda, his fourth of the year.

Matt Miller took a trot around the bases for the second time this season in the bottom of the inning as he hit a two-run shot to make it a three-run ballgame.

BC closed the scoring in the fourth inning as Mickey Wiswall hit another long three-run home run to give the Eagles a 9-3 lead, which they never gave back.

Starter J.T. Ross took the loss for the Huskies as he allowed six runs and five earned runs, while walking two. It was his fourth loss of the season. Dave Laufer was the winner for the second time this season as he tossed two innings of relief, allowing two hits and two earned runs, while walking one and striking out five.

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Sox Summary: Eagles give Sox a battle, but prevail

Posted by Joshua Kummins on March 3, 2010

The Red Sox played a much tighter game in the night half of the doubleheader, as they topped Boston College, 6-1.

Ryan Kalish was 1-for-1, with an RBI and a pair of runs.

The Eagles mustered three hits, off of six Boston hurlers. Boof Bonser got the win, thanks to a perfect first inning. Fabio Castro struck out three over a pair of unblemished innings.

Grapefruit League play kicks off on Thursday against cross-town rival Minnesota at City of Palms Park. WEEI has the 7 p.m. game on the radio. Josh Beckett gets his first start for Boston, opposed by Nick Blackburn.

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Red Sox vs. Eagles starting line-ups

Posted by Joshua Kummins on March 3, 2010

BC is currently warming up in the outfield, as they prepare for the 6:05 p.m. start.

Red Sox
Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jason Varitek C
Jeremy Hermida LF
Tud Hulett DH
Josh Reddick RF
Ryan Kalish CF

Pitching: RHP Boof Bonser, Michael Bowden, Junichi Tazawa, Kyle Weiland, Kris Johnson, Fabio Castro and Randor Bierd.

Boston College
Robbie Anston CF
Mike Sudol RF
John Spatola 1B
Mickey Wiswall 3B
Matt Hamlet 2B
Garrett Smith C
Marc Perdios LF
Andrew Lawrence DH
Brad Zapenas SS

Pitching: RHP Geoff Oxley, Dane Clemens, Dave Laufer, Taylor Lasko and Jay Jeannotte.

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Red Sox: In-between games at City of Palms Park

Posted by Joshua Kummins on March 3, 2010

After an easy 15-0 win over Northeastern, the Red Sox get set for tonight’s second game against Boston College. There is a link for We posted pre-game notes last night and we just put up a game one recap. Game two begins at 6:05 p.m. on NESN.


Gaby Hernandez, who was designated for assignment on Monday, was claimed by Kansas City. He has been a part of three different organizations in the past month.


A very funny moment occured as major league coaching staff member Ino Guerrero got two at bats against NU this afternoon (in a #34 Ortiz jersey). The team was standing on the edge of the dugout and manager Terry Francona said they were rooting for a hamstring pull (jokingly, I hope).

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Spring Training Game Notes: Sox welcome Northeastern and Boston College to City of Palms Park Wednesday after short trip down Edison Ave.

Posted by Joshua Kummins on March 2, 2010

Let the games begin: The Red Sox ended their stay at the Player Development Complex on Tuesday afternoon with an indoor workout, due to the rainy weather. The team will head back down Edison Avenue to host Northeastern and Boston College at City of Palms Park in a split-squad doubleheader on Wednesday.

Keep those paws up and ready: Casey Kelly is set to take the ball against the Northeastern Huskies at 1:05 p.m. The Huskies are 3-1 in the early going, with their only loss coming on Sunday against Kansas State. Junior righty Les Williams, a Toronto native, will have the tough task of facing the Red Sox line-up that will look like this:

Jacoby Ellsbury LF
Bill Hall 3B
Victor Martinez C
David Ortiz DH
Jed Lowrie SS
Lars Anderson 1B
Darnell McDonald RF
Che-Hsuan Lin CF
Gil Velazquez 2B

Soaring past the palm trees: The other half of the squad will take on the Boston College Eagles at 6:05 p.m. in the nightcap of the twinbill. The game will be televised on NESN. BC enters the exhibition game with a 3-3 record, thanks to a series win at Tulane and a win over Missouri by a solid margin. Newly acquired Boof Bonser will toe the rubber for the Red Sox, as opposed to senior Geoff Oxley. The Evansville, IN native will face this Red Sox line-up:

Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jason Varitek C
Jeremy Hermida LF
Tug Hulett DH
Josh Reddick RF
Ryan Kalish CF

Up Next: The Red Sox will merge as one when they begin the Mayor’s Cup series and Grapefruit League play against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday at City of Palms Park. Josh Beckett is scheduled to start for the Red Sox.

Pitching plans: Manager Terry Francona has set his pitching rotation for the first handful of games of Spring Training. He will start Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, and John Lackey in the first three games against the Twins (Thursday-Saturday), while Felix Doubront and Clay Buchholz will face Tampa Bay on Saturday and Baltimore on Sunday, respectively.

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On Campus: BC, UMaine open 2010 slates this weekend

Posted by Joshua Kummins on February 18, 2010

The local college baseball season opens on Friday, as Boston College and Maine hit the road for the first time in 2010.

BC heads to the Big Easy for a weekend series against the Tulane Green Wave. The Eagles were 34-26 in 2009, a season in which they qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 42 years. They were picked to finish third in the ACC Atlantic Division. This weekend series marks the first leg of a 20-game, 10,000-mile journey before the Eagles’ first home game on March 23.

Maine heads to Beaumont, Texas for a three-game series against the Lamar Cardinals at Vincent-Beck Stadium. The Black Bears were picked to finish as America East champions in the pre-season poll, after finishing 32-23 last season. They led the America East in team batting (.319), pitching (4.60 ERA) and fielding percentage (.966) in 2009.

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