Baseball Comes Back to Defeat Santa Clara, 8-6
Feb. 16, 2014
Santa Clara, Calif. - The Boston College baseball team rallied from five down, scoring three in the ninth inning, to defeat Santa Clara, 8-6, at Schott Stadium. After dropping the season opener, the Eagles (3-1) have won the last three games.
After pulling within one in the eighth, BC put the first two runners in scoring position with no outs as sophomore Joe Cronin singled and junior Blake Butera followed with a double. The Broncos (0-3) went to the bullpen for right-hander Reece Karalus, but senior Tom Bourdon kept it going, nailing one to left center to score Cronin and tie the ballgame. Classmate John Hennessy plated the go-ahead run, hitting a sac fly to score Butera. Bourdon landed on third after a wild pitch and infield single by redshirt sophomore Geoffrey Murphy. Sophomore Chris Shaw gave the Eagles a two-run lead with another sacrifice fly before Murphy was caught stealing to end the inning.
Sophomore right-hander John Nicklas pitching the bottom of the ninth and struck out two en route to his first career save. Freshman righty Bobby Skogsbergh (1-0) earned his first career win in his first collegiate appearance, throwing two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out one.
Freshman RHP Michael Steam also saw his first action, going two innings, allowing four hits, one run and tallying his first career K. Sophomore right-hander Jeff Burke started the game and went three innings, allowed seven hits, five runs, one walk and struck out one.
Shaw led the Eagles with a 2-for-4 performance with two runs, three RBIs, a double, home run and sacrifice fly. Both Shaw and Butera tallied at least one hit in the first four games of the season. Bourdon tallied two RBIs in a 2-for-5 day.
SCU's left-handed reliever Max Deering (0-1) picked up the loss after losing the lead. He was tagged for two hits, two runs and struck out one in 0.1 innings. Starter RHP Steven Wilson went 6.2 innings, allowed three hits, four runs, two walks and struck out one.
The Broncos struck first, scoring a run in their first at bat. Greg Harisis hit Burke's first pitch into left for a double and advanced to third on a sac bunt. He came home on an RBI single by Zach Looney before Burke forced a fly out and retired the final out with a swinging K.
SCU added four runs on five hits in the second to make it a five-run lead. The Broncos loaded the bases on three straight singles and Seaver Whalen was hit to score the first run. Stevie Berman came home on a wild pitch. After SCU reloaded the bases with an infield single, Rory Graf-Brennen chopped one to second baseman Butera, who got the out at second, but a run came in. Zach Looney placed a bunt between the mound and first to plate another run and reach first safely. Burke forced a 543 double play to end the inning.
The Eagles got on the board in the fourth as Shaw ripped the team's first homer of the season over the right-field fence, scoring two as Hennessy walked to start the inning.
Santa Clara made it a 6-2 game with Strem on the hill after sophomore lefty Jesse Adams pitched one scoreless inning, allowing just one hit. Jose Vizcaino, Jr. led off the sixth with a double and Whalen moved him to third on a sac. Harisis singled through the left side to plate Vizcaino, Jr.
BC got two back in the seventh and one in the eighth to pull within one. In the seventh, after sophomore Stephen Sauter drew a one-out walk, redshirt sophomore Nick Colucci recorded his first collegiate hit with a base hit to right center. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and Cronin plated Sauter on a grounder to short. Bourdon drove in Colucci from second on an RBI single smoked past second base. After Skogsbergh retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh, Shaw nailed a one-out double to left center and Sauter knocked him in with a single to make it 6-5.
The Eagles return to action on Friday, Feb. 21 when they had to DeLand, Fla., for a three-game series at Stetson.