Feb. 17, 2013
Elon, N.C. - The Boston College baseball team fell, 9-3, to Marist on the final day of the Country Inn and Suites Elon Invitational at Latham Park. Freshman Gabriel Hernandez went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI in his collegiate debut.
Sophomore lefty Nick Poore (0-1) recorded the loss for the Eagles (1-2), going three innings and allowing five hits, four runs, three walks and tallying two strikeouts. In all, six BC pitchers saw action.
Chris Bielak (1-0) registered the win for the Red Foxes (1-1), pitching the final five innings, giving up just two hits, no runs, three walks and striking out two. Starter Kevin McCarthy threw the first four and allowed three hits, three runs - two earned - four walks and four Ks.
Freshman Logan Hoggarth and sophomore Geoffrey Murphy recorded at least one hit in all three games over the weekend.
Marist got on the board first, tallying a run in the first on a bases-loaded sac fly. The Red Foxes added to the lead in the third, scoring four runs on four hits. After Poore tallied his first strikeout, he gave up a hit to Zach Shank, who stole second. Mike Orefice drove him in with a single to left. Nick McQuail homered over the left-field wall to make it a 4-0 game.
The Eagles got one back in the third as Hernandez tallied his first career hit on an infield single. He advanced to second when senior Matt McGovern drew a walk and scored on a grounder by junior Tom Bourdon, which the second baseman bobbled for an error.
BC made it 4-2 in the fourth. Two walks and a bloop single by Murphy loaded the bases with no outs for junior Nate LaPointe, who tallied his first hit of the season with a liner to center to plate one run. Hernandez drew a bases-loaded walk for the second run of the inning before a strikeout and double play ball ended the scoring threat.
Marist tacked on two more in the fifth as the Red Foxes hit three straight singles to score one and after freshman right-hand reliever Jeff Burke
got the first out looking, Eric Helmrich laid down a sac bunt to bring a man in from third. Freshman right-hander Jesse Adams
came in and got the last out on a fly ball.
After retiring the side in the sixth, Adams gave up a run in the seventh. Shank reached on an infield single to short and scored from first on a double to right center by Orefice. Adams settled in and struck out the final two outs of the inning for his first career Ks. Freshman righty Michael Clouthier also saw his first action, pitching in the eighth and giving up two runs. Matt Pagano doubled, moved up to third on a wild pitch and scored on a fielding error when Joey Aiola chopped one to sophomore shortstop Blake Butera. Aiola came around to score on Shank's fifth single of the day to make it a 9-3 Marist lead.
The Eagles return to action on Thursday, Feb. 21 when they play the Red Sox for the 23rd time in the annual exhibition game. The game at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla., is the second of a doubleheader as Northeastern will face the Major Leaguers at 1:35 p.m. and the Eagles will play 40 minutes after the conclusion.