There were some nerves taking the mound for start 1 of the new season. With his mechanics retooled and an off-season of never-ending work, it was time to see if it all paid off. As soon as the first pitch painted the outside corner Bowie Matteson knew it would be a special day. “It is just one of those days when you feel the ball come out of your hand and you know that you are going to be real comfortable all day.”
Matteson was more than comfortable on the mound, striking out four of the game’s first six batters, he carried a perfect game into the third where he pitched himself in and out of his only base runners for the game. After getting the first two outs of the inning, two walks put a run in scoring position with the game still within Babson’s reach at a score of 6-0, Matteson broke out some heat blowing a fastball by the Babson hitter and showed some rare emotion as he ran off the field. “That was a big spot for him and for us. Getting us back into the dugout with no damage was the key to us breaking the game open in the bottom of the inning and it allowed him to settle in the final few innings.” said head coach Eric Nelsen, who earned his first two victories as Terrier Skipper. “He was incredible today, had everything working, everything was sharp and accurate, it didn’t matter what team was on the other side, when he throws like that we always have a great chance to win the ballgame.”
Matteson only needed five innings to complete the No-No as BU’s offense put up 12 runs on the board and made it tough for Babson all day as they used six pitchers over the course of the doubleheader.
Sophomore Stephen Lyne made his debut on the mound 19 months after going under Tommy John surgery for the start in game 2. He provided quite the sequel to Matteson, not giving up a hit until the bottom of the fifth inning. Giving up one earned run over five innings, Lyne earned the victory, and after overcoming some late inning struggles on the mound, BU took the game with a final score of 11-8.
Sophomore Jack Subasic went deep in game 2 as every Terrier starter reached base safely with a hit and came around to score. Junior Kevin O’Sullivan had five hits on the day, and Bowie Matteson had six RBI’s to highlight the offensive explosion.