Feb. 15, 2013
Elon, N.C. - The Boston College baseball team dropped the first game of the season, 4-1, to Virginia Commonwealth at Latham Park in the first game of the Country Inn and Suites Elon Invitational. Freshman Logan Hoggarth turned in a 2-for-3 performance, driving in the Eagles' (0-1) only one, in his collegiate debut.
Junior right-hander Eric Stevens (0-1) went six solid innings, allowing just five hits, two runs - both earned - and no walks. Freshman righty Jeff Burke recorded his first career appearance in the bottom of the eighth, retiring the side.
Left-hander Heath Dwyer (1-0) tallied the win for the Rams (1-0), also pitching six frames, allowing seven hits, one run - earned - one walk and four strikeouts. Lefty Matt Lees earned the save, going the final three innings without giving up a run, walk or hit and striking out two.
Senior Matt McGovern started strong for the Eagles with two hits in his first two at bats. He was 2-for-4 on opening day. VCU outhit BC, 9-7.
The Rams were the first to get on the board, tallying a run in the first. Bill Cullen led off with a single, advanced to second on an errant throw from Stevens and moved up to third on a ground ball. Chris Ayers drove him in with a ground out to third.
With two down in the second, sophomore left fielder Geoffrey Murphy singled to right for his first career hit. Hoggarth followed in his first collegiate at bat, lacing a double to center to tie the game as Murphy hustled around the bases to cross the plate.
Freshman Chris Shaw notched his first career hit with a two-out single to left center in the third. Senior Matt Paré singled to put two on, but a groundout ended the inning.
After retiring 11 straight batters, Stevens gave up a single to designated hitter Landon Prentiss with one out in the fifth. A hit and run moved him to second and a wild pitch to third. James Bunn put the Rams back on top with a double off the wall in right.
VCU tacked on two runs in the seventh to make it a 4-1 game with sophomore righty Eric Stone on in relief. With one out, Taylor Buran doubled to the corner in right and scored when Prentiss chopped one to third and freshman Joe Cronin overthrew first baseman Shaw. Graduate student Nate Bayuk, a southpaw, came on to face Trevor Marino, who hit a slow, infield single between the mound and third. Prentiss, who advanced to third on the error, crossed the plate. Bunn laid down a bunt single, barely beating Bayuk's throw before a wild pitch moved both runners to second and third. An intentional walked loaded the bases with one out, but Bayuk got a strikeout and a groundout to get out of the jam.
The Eagles' bats went quiet as the duo of Dwyer and Lees retired the final 17 BC batters.
BC looks to bounce back on Saturday, when they take on host Elon at noon.