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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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Postgame Journal: Northeastern comes back against UNCW in game one; rolls in nightcap

Posted by Joshua Kummins on April 25, 2010

BROOKLINE, Massachusetts (Saturday, April 24, 2010) – The Northeastern Huskies won both games of a CAA doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Friedman Diamond in Brookline as they topped the UNCW Seahawks by 4-3 and 4-1 scores.

NU manufactured their first run in the second inning as senior Frank Compagnone (Winter Springs, FL) scored on a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0.

The Seahawks came back to tie the score in the third inning when senior Michael Rooney (Cary, NC) scored on an RBI single by senior Rhett Miller (Cary, NC). They took the 2-1 lead on a solo home run by redshirt senior Robbie Monday (Elkin, NC) one inning later.

In the seventh inning, freshman Hunter Ridge (Asheboro, NC) hit another solo shot to give Wilmington the two-run lead.

The Huskies came back for the game one win when freshman Logan Gillis (Merrimack, NH) and senior Brendan Stokes (Tewksbury, MA) had one-out hits, but were replaced by pinch runners, who scored to win the game. Rookie Kevin Ferguson (Suffern, NY), running for Gillis, scored on a wild pitch, while fellow freshman Jason Roth (Sudbury, MA), running for Stokes, scored when sophomore Matt Miller (Sudbury, MA) had the game-winning bloop single over the shortstop on his 21st birthday.

Senior Les Williams (Toronto, Ontario) was the winning pitcher for the Huskies as he allowed six hits and three runs, while walking four and whiffing five over eight innings. Sophomore Tyler McSwain (Sophia, NC) did not factor into the decision, but had a good outing of six-hit, two-run ball over 7.1 innings. Junior Stephen Harrold (Raleigh, NC) took the loss as he allowed three hits and two runs over the final inning.

Northeastern kicked off the second game with a bang as freshman Alan Pastyrnak () hit an inside-the-park home run that bounced over the center fielder’s head and rolled all the way to the 435 foot marker in center field. Rookie John Puttress (New Providence, NJ) tripled and scored on an RBI single by Gillis in the second for a 2-0 lead.

The lead was trimmed in half in the top of the fourth on another solo shot by Monday, but the Huskies answered with an RBI double by Pete Castoldi (Marblehead, MA) in the fifth inning.

Puttress led off the seventh inning with his first career home run to left field, which gave NU the 4-1 lead they never looked back upon.

Sophomore Drew Leenhouts (Franklin, MA) got the complete game win as he allowed one bad pitch in the ballgame on six hits and a walk. He struck out a career-high ten batters en route to the victory. Junior Cam Roth (Poquoson, NC) gave up eight hits and four runs over seven innings for the loss.

The teams close the three-game set in Brookline on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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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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Postgame Journal: Northeastern falls to rival Hofstra in 12-inning heartbreaker

Posted by Joshua Kummins on April 3, 2010

Brendan Stokes had two hits and a run scored in Saturday's Northeastern loss.

BROOKLINE, Massachusetts (Saturday, April 3, 2010) – It was a beautiful day for baseball on Saturday at Friedman Diamond, as the Northeastern Huskies and Hofstra Pride played the middle game of a weekend series. In Friday’s game one, the Pride edged the Huskies, 5-2, and won their first CAA game of the season.

Hofstra (8-13, 2-0 CAA) came back to tie the game in the ninth inning and eventually take the lead over Northeastern (6-11, 0-5 CAA) for good, 9-6.

The teams traded runs early in the first and second innings as Matt Miller scored on an sacrifice fly by Tony DiCesare to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first and then Hofstra answered in the next half-inning with a run coming in the back door on a pick-off.

One swing of Tony DiCesare’s big bat was all the Huskies needed to take the lead in the third as his solo moon shot cleared the right field wall and bounced off the top deck of the press box in right-center. The bomb was the senior’s second of the season.

NU tacked on three more scores in the fourth inning to go up, 5-1, thanks to a two-run, inside-the-park home run by David Gustafson, his second, and an over-the-wall roundtripper by Matt Miller, his first.

Following that sudden burst of offensive production, the Husky bats were silenced as Hofstra scored on in the sixth, one in the eighth and two in the ninth to tie the score and force extra innings.

The teams were shutout in the tenth inning, but HU struck first in extras as they produced a run on two Northeastern errors to take a 6-5 advantage into the bottom of the 11th inning, looking for their second straight win.

Northeastern came back with a two-out rally, sending Alan Pastyrnak, who singled off the pitcher, home to tie the game. That put the winning run at third base, but a groundout sent the game to the 12th inning.

In the 12th, Matt Prokopkowicz gave the Hofstra contingent something to cheer about as he cleared the right field wall for a three-run home run to give the Pride a 9-6 lead.

Closer Andrew Barbarino shut down Northeastern in the bottom of the 12th and gave the Pride their second straight win by the 9-6 count.

Huskies starter Drew Leenhouts was impressive, giving up just five scattered hits and two earned runs over six innings, while walking a pair and whiffing six. Closer Dan Zehr took the losing decision, pitching 3.2 innings of four-hit, three-run baseball and ultimately blowing a save.

On the Pride side, Sean Monaghan was knocked around in the first 3.2 innings as he allowed seven hits and five runs, striking out one. The next three relievers combined for 4.1 innings of shutout baseball. The decision went to Jeff Guthridge, as he gave up just a run on four hits, two walks, and two strikeouts in 2.2 innings. Barbarino notched the save with a hitless ninth to seal the deal.

Hofstra looks for the three-game sweep on Easter Sunday at Friedman Diamond.

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Postgame Journal: Northeastern pounded by Bryant in Sunday series finale

Posted by Joshua Kummins on March 22, 2010

BROOKLINE, Massachusetts (Sunday, March 21, 2010) – We took in our first baseball game of the season on Sunday afternoon, as the Northeastern Huskies faced the Bryant Bulldogs in the finale of a three-game weekend series at Friedman Diamond in Brookline.

Northeastern (6-4) won the first two games of the series on Friday in Brookline and on Saturday at Smithfield, but the Bulldogs (3-11) pounded the Huskies, 16-4.

BU manufactured three straight hits to score a run off the bat in the first inning, before taking a 5-0 lead in the second inning, thanks to three hits and an error.

Northeastern made it a one-run game with all four runs on three hits in the second.

Bryant broke the game open in the middle innings with eight runs in the fourth and sixth innings. They sent 11 men to the plate in the fourth inning, scoring six runs and four hits, as well as a fielding error by the Huskies.

They closed the scorebook with single runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Junior second baseman Zakary Cianciolo hit the game’s only home run to left field in the top of the ninth inning.

Junior first baseman Tim Norton led the Bryant offense, going 3-for-6, with two runs and four RBI, while sophomore Matt Miller led the Huskies with two hits in four at bats, as well as scoring three runs.

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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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