Baseball Defeats James Madison, 8-5
Feb. 18, 2012
Sophomore right-hander Matt Alvarez did not allow a hit until the sixth inning, throwing 97 pitches total in his outing. He gave up only one hit, struck out two, allowed six walks and only one unearned run. Freshman righty John Gorman earned the save, pitching the eighth and ninth, allowing one hit and no runs.
Evan Scott recorded the loss for the Dukes (0-2). Five Eagles (2-0) recorded two hits on the day, including senior Anthony Melchionda tallying two doubles and junior Rob Moir recording his first career triple. The Eagles outhit the Dukes, 12-6.
The Eagles got on the board early, scoring two in the bottom of the first. They loaded the bases on two walks and a single by Melchionda and with one down, sophomore Tom Bourdon crossed the plate on a wild pitch. Junior Matt Paré reloaded the bases as he drew the third walk of the inning and senior Marc Perdios hit a sac fly to right field to give BC a two-run lead.
After allowing two straight walks to lead off the second, Scott was replaced by Aaron Hoover. After balking to move the runners up to second and third, junior Matt McGovern singled to right center, driving one home. He then stole second, giving BC runners on second and third with Melchionda at the plate. The shortstop nailed a two-RBI double to center, which JMU's Ian Haynes could not pick up cleanly, allowing Melchionda to reach third. The Eagles added one more to their total, as senior Andrew Lawrence hit a slow roller between the pitcher and catcher, which neither fielded, allowing Melchionda to score, giving BC a 6-0 lead. Alvarez sat the Dukes down in order to keep JMU off the scoreboard.
BC added one run in each of the third and fourth innings. In the third, Moir led off with a triple and sophomore John Hennessy drove him in with a single through the right side and in the fourth, Lawrence doubled and Paré drove him in with a two-bagger of his own to put BC up by eight.
Alvarez gave up his first hit of the game in the sixth. Chad Carroll led off with a fly ball to right center, which Bourdon dropped, allowing Carroll to advance to second. Cole McInturff laid a bunt down the third-base line and beat the throw from Alvarez, tallying JMU's first hit. With runners on first and third, Colby Roberts grounded into a double play at second, scoring Carroll. After allowing a walk, Alvarez got Ty McFarland swinging, but he reached on a wild pitch. Freshman left-hander Nick Poore came in to relieve the righty after allowing another walk to load the bases. Poore gave up a single up the middle, which hit the second-base bag, letting in two runs. With runners on second and third, Poore forced a grounder to first to end the inning with an 8-3 lead.
The Dukes cut the lead to three in the seventh, scoring two unearned runs on a throwing error to first base. Gorman came in in the eighth and did not allow a runner to second.
The Eagles return to Watson Stadium later tonight at approximately 6 p.m. to take on host Coastal Carolina.