Baseball Tabs First Win with a 4-1 Victory Over Santa Clara
Feb. 15, 2014
Santa Clara, Calif. - The Boston College baseball team earned its first win of the 2014 season, defeating Santa Clara, 4-1, in the first game of a doubleheader at Schott Stadium. Redshirt sophomore Geoffrey Murphy tallied two doubles and two RBIs.
Junior right-hander John Gorman (1-0) earned the win for the Eagles (1-1) tying his career high with five strikeouts, throwing six scoreless innings, walking just two and allowing five hits. Sophomore lefty Jesse Adams tallied the save, pitching the ninth and striking out two.
Righty Peter Hendron (0-1) shouldered the loss for the Broncos (0-2), allowing five hits, three runs - one earned -two walks and one strikeout.
It didn't take long for the Eagles to get on the board, scoring two to take an early lead. Sophomore Joe Cronin flied to right, but Jose Vizcaino, Jr. let the ball pop out of his glove, allowing Cronin to reach second. With two down, Murphy doubled down the left-field to give BC its first run. Sophomore Chris Shaw followed with a double to left to make it a 2-0 game before the Broncos came to the plate.
In the third, Murphy added another RBI, increasing the Eagles' lead to three. Junior Blake Butera started with a lead-off walk and Cronin singled up the middle to put two on. Senior John Hennessy grounded to short, but the Broncos couldn't turn the double play and Butera moved 90 feet from home. Murphy knocked him in with a grounder to first as first baseman Quinton Perry got Hennessy at second and the throw back was too late.
With two outs in the bottom of the inning, SCU was able to put runners on first and second, threatening to score, but right fielder Shaw made a diving catch to preserve the three-run lead.
Santa Clara got one run in the eighth with sophomore righty John Nicklas on the hill. Greg Harisis belted a solo shot over the left-field field to start the inning. Nicklas came back with three straight strikes to retired the first out. Zach Looney singled, but sophomore catcher Stephen Sauter threw him out trying to swipe second for the second out. After allowing another single, which the runner advanced into scoring position on an error, Nicklas ended the inning with a groundout.
BC notched an insurance run in the ninth when sophomore Gabriel Hernandez led off with a double to right center and Butera moved him to third with a sac bunt. Cronin singled down the left-field line to make it a 4-1 ball game.
Adams retired the SCU batters in order to end the game, striking out the final two swinging to help the Eagles to their first win.
BC continues with game two against Nevada before wrapping up its West Coast road trip with a 3 p.m. EST game against the Broncos on Sunday.