Baseball Tallies Third Win of Weekend, Beating CCU, 8-3
Feb. 18, 2012
Junior Hunter Gordon earned his first win of the season after tallying a save on Friday. The right-hander went 5.0 innings, did not allow a run, while giving up only three hits and one walk, and striking out six. The Eagles tallied six extra-base hits in the win, including two home runs by sophomore Tom Bourdon and senior Anthony Melchionda. Bourdon was 3-for-5 on the day with two runs and two RBIs, while Melchionda recorded two RBIs.
Left-handed pitcher Ben Smith recorded the loss for Coastal Carolina (1-2), giving up six hits and eight runs, three earned, to BC.
The Eagles start the 2012 season, 3-0, for the first time since 2009 when they went 6-0 before recording a loss. Bourdon went 8-for-14 (.571) on the weekend and Melchionda was 6-for-14 (.429) with six RBIs. Senior Spenser Payne tallied four RBIs on the weekend as well.
As in Eagles' first game of the day, they score two in the first inning. Bourdon reached second when left fielder Ted Blackman failed to catch a fly ball in his direction. Then Melchionda delivered, launching one over the left-field fence to put BC up 2-0.
Bourdon added to the lead in the third with a two-out solo shot over the right-field wall. Melchionda recorded his second hit of the game, nailing a double to the center-field wall. Senior Andrew Lawrence laced one up the middle, but second baseman Keith Picconi ranged over to snag the ball and throw across his body for the out to end the inning.
Gordon gave up his first hits of the day in the bottom of the third, allowing two straight singles with one out. He forced a fly out and a ground out to end the inning before the Chanticleers could get on the board.
The Eagles broke open the game in the fourth, scoring five. Senior Marc Perdios led off with a double and Payne followed with his own two-bagger to deep center, scoring his teammate. Sophomore John Hennessy drew a walk and with one down, freshman Blake Butera loaded the bases as shortstop Brian Pruett could not field his grounder. Junior Matt McGovern knocked one to Picconi, who also could not make the play, allowing Payne and Hennessy to score. Bourdon then nailed a double to right field, knocking in three Eagles to extend the lead to seven. Right-hander Devin Bradley relieved Smith and Melchionda recorded his third RBI on a grounder to his counterpart at short, scoring McGovern to give BC an 8-0 lead.
Senior lefty Nate Bayuk relieved Gordon to start the sixth and recorded a 1-2-3 inning. Sophomore southpaw Steve Green then came on in the seventh. He also retired the side, striking out two. Freshman left-hander Tyler Hinchliffe worked the eighth, giving up a lead-off single, but settling in to record two K's and a fly out to right. To finish the game, freshman right-hander Geoffrey Murphy came in for the ninth.
The Chanticleers scored their only three runs in the bottom of the ninth. Murphy hit Patrick Corbett to start the inning and with one down, Bryce Dial grounded to third, but Hennessy misplayed the ball, allowing both runners to reach safely. With Josh Powell at the plate, a passed ball allowed Corbett to score from second for CCU's first run of the game. Powell then hit a sac fly for another run. Picconi went deep for the Chanticleers, cutting the BC lead to 8-3, but Murphy ended the game on a strikeout.
Next up, the Eagles travel to Orlando on Feb. 24 for a three-game series with UCF.