Boston College’s recruitment of Hudson junior infielder Connor Bacon started last fall, after watching him perform some drills at a clinic in his hometown. And it ended Thursday night with a phone call.
That afternoon, the Eagles coaching staff watched Bacon go 2-for-3 with 3 RBI, with a double off the fence and a home run, in a 10-6 win at upstart St. Peter-Marian. That night, Bacon spoke on the phone with Eagles head coach Mike Gambino, who extended an offer. Bacon accepted soon after, ending a courtship that included Bryant, Holy Cross and Northeastern as the other primary suitors.
Committed to play baseball at Boston College! #Eagles
— Connor Bacon (@therealCbacs) April 11, 2014
"All of them are great schools," Bacon told ESPNBoston.com tonight. "But BC offers me the best future both in baseball and academically. Obviously I want baseball to work out, but I also want to be prepared in the classroom."
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Bacon, a left-handed bat, projects somewhere in the field for the Eagles when he joins the team for the 2015-16 season. But exactly where remains to be seen, with the coaching staff telling him he could fit in the outfield or at third base.
"Hitting wise, they've seen me hit a lot, they like that I have lefty power, that I can drive the ball to the gaps," Bacon said. "They told me, 'We see you being in the middle of the lineup driving balls'. On the fielding side of it, they've told me many times I have some work to do, but I definitely have a good arm."
Bacon hit .380 last season for the Hawks, who were ousted in the quarterfinals of the Division 2 Central tournament. But with the Hawks off to a solid start, with the SPM win and a tough 3-2 loss to Algonquin the next day, the Hawks are counting on his bat to provide some spark out of the middle of the order.
After a rigorous offseason developing leg power, speed and patience at the plate, Bacon feels he is up for the challenge.
"I'm a lot stronger, a lot faster, and mentally I'm understanding the hitting side of the game -- that's been a big increase for me," he said. "Last year as sophomore, I had a decent amount of strength, but I was just overly aggressive."