Feb. 16, 2013
Elon, N.C. - On a snowy Saturday afternoon, the Boston College baseball team tallied its first victory of the season with a 7-6 comeback win over Elon at Latham Park on the second day of the Country Inn and Suites Elon Invitational. The Eagles (1-1) scored five runs in the eighth to reclaim the lead and take the win.
Redshirt freshman left-hander Andrew Chin (1-0) tallied his career win, coming in in the seventh and going 1.1 innings, allowing just one hit, no runs and walking one. Sophomore lefty Tyler Hinchliffe relieved Chin and pitched the final 1.1 innings for his first career save. He also gave up just one hit while striking out one.
Sophomore Geoffrey Murphy went 2-for-4 at the plate, tallying two runs and recording his first career RBI on a triple that tied the game. Senior Matt McGovern was also 2-for-4 on the day.
Sophomore right-handed starter John Gorman pitched five innings, allowed only three hits, one run -earned - four walks and struck out two.
Elon's (1-1) reliever LHP Spencer Medick recorded the loss, going 1.2 innings. Giving up three hits, five runs - two earned - one walk and two strikeouts. The Phoenix starter, righty Kyle Webb, went six innings, allowed six hits, two runs - both earned - and struck out six.
The Eagles took an early 2-0 lead in the second as senior Matt Paré led off with a double to deep center and Murphy followed with a single up the middle that bounced off the mound. Sophomore Travis Ferrick drove in both runners with a double to left center.
Gorman threw three shutout innings, allowing only one hit, before the Phoenix got on the board. Sebastian Gomez drew a lead-off walk and stole second. Alex Swim plated him with a single through the right side to make it a one-run game. With runners on first and second, junior centerfielder Tom Bourdon made a diving catch for the first out and Gorman forced a groundout for the second. With runners at the corners, the righty picked off the man on first to get out of the jam.
The Phoenix jumped on top, 5-2, in the sixth as freshman lefty Austin Solecitto
made his first collegiate appearance. Swim drove in two more on a triple to center and Ryan Kinsella followed with a sac fly. Solecitto got the final two outs on Ks to end the inning and record his first career strikeouts.
With freshman righty John Nicklas seeing his first college action, Elon tacked on another run in the seventh. After Antonio Alvarez started off the inning with a double to deep left, a walk put runners on first and second and a sac bunt moved them into scoring position. Gomez hit one through the left side to plate Alvarez. Chin came in and got two groundouts to end the inning.
The Eagles took the 7-6 lead in the eighth, scoring five runs on three hits and an error. Freshman Joe Cronin reached on a throwing error by the third baseman and walked to second on a balk. McGovern singled up the middle to put runners on the corners and Bourdon tallied his first hit of the 2013 season with an RBI single to center to plate the Eagles' third run of the day.
Freshman Chris Shaw registered his first career RBI with a groundout to second to score McGovern and beat the throw to first to deny the double play. Pareé struck out swinging for the second out, but a wild pitch allowed Bourdon to cross the plate. Murphy came through with his first career extra-base hit, nailing a triple to right center to score Shaw. He then came home on a passed ball, giving the Eagles the lead.
Hinchliffe was called to the mound in the bottom of the eighth with two outs and the bases loaded. He forced a foul fly out to end the inning and in the ninth, with a runner on second, he got one swinging and a fly out to preserve the Eagle win.
The Eagles will play Marist at 11 a.m. on Sunday to conclude their play at the invitational.