Baseball Falls to Nevada, 4-1, Season Opener
Feb. 14, 2014
Santa Clara, Calif. - The Boston College baseball team opened the 2014 season at Stephen Schott Stadium at Santa Clara University, but dropped a 4-1 decision to Nevada in an afternoon game. Senior John Hennessy and redshirt sophomore Geoffrey Murphy went 2-for-3 in the first outing of the year to lead the Eagles (0-1).
Senior RHP Eric Stevens (0-1) shouldered the loss, but pitched well, allowing just two hits, two runs - both earned - and two walks, while striking out two over six innings. Redshirt freshman RHP Luke Fernandes made his college debut, throwing the final two innings and retiring all six batters he faced.
Left-hander Barry Timko (1-0) tallied the win for the Wolf Pack (1-0), going 5.2 innings and allowing an earned run with two walks and four Ks. Righty Jason Deitrich recorded the save, throwing the final 3.1 innings without giving up a run, allowing three hits and striking out two. The Eagles left nine runners on base.
The Eagles were the first to get on a board, scoring a run in the second. Hennessy drew a four-pitch walk to start the inning and with one out, Murphy tallied BC's first hit of the season with a single to center. With runners on the corners, sophomore Logan Hoggarth chopped one to short, allowing Hennessy to score. Murphy was thrown out attempting to take third to end the inning.
Nevada took the lead the following inning, scoring two. Kewby Meyer led off with a double off the right-field wall and after Jordan Devencenzi was hit by a pitch, Austin Byler doubled to right center to tie the game. Devencenzi was tagged out at the plate trying score on a wild pitch, but the next batter, Brad Gerig, grounded to third to drive in Byler, who had advanced on the wild pitch.
The Wolf Pack increased its lead in the seventh with redshirt sophomore Tyler Hinchliffe on the mound, making his first appearance since March 10, 2013. After a groundout and his first strikeout of the year, Hinchliffe walked Justin Bridgman and gave up a triple to Meyer, making it 3-1. Devencenzi drew a walk and Byler singled to drive in Meyer. Hinchliffe forced a fly out to end the inning, but not before Nevada took a 4-1 lead.
BC had its best chance to add runs in the eighth, loading the bases with two outs. With one down, junior Blake Butera laced one to the edge of the dirt at short and Hennessy followed with his second base hit. After an infield fly, Murphy was hit to load the bases, but a fly to right center ended the Eagles' scoring threat.
BC returns on Saturday, Feb. 16 for a doubleheader, taking on Santa Clara at 4 p.m. EST and the Wolf Pack at 9 p.m.