Feb. 21, 2013
Fort Myers, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team lost, 11-1, to the Boston Red Sox in the 23rd exhibition game between the two teams on Thursday afternoon in front of 8,128 fans at JetBlue Park at Fenway South. Although the Eagles (1-2) tied the game early in the seven-inning contest, an eight-run third propelled the major league team to the win.
"This is something our players talk about for the rest of their lives and it's a really good experience for them," head coach Mike Gambino said. "This game is awesome because we have a great relationship with the Red Sox. They do great things for our program, especially giving us the experience to let our boys play against big leaguers and in that ballpark. John Farrell talked to us at Baseball Night about baseball lessons and life lessons that are really resonated in our club. Our players were talking about how his team is starting to look like the things he talked about. That was really cool for us to see."
Starting pitcher graduate student LHP Nate Bayuk, opened the game for the Eagles with a 1-2-3 bottom of the first. He was the only BC pitcher - of the seven who took the hill - who retired the side in order.
Junior John Hennessy went 2-for-2, tallying a single and a double on the first pitches he saw in his at bats. Sophomore Blake Butera recorded the Eagles' only RBI, tying the game at one in the third. Junior Tom Bourdon was the only other Eagle to record a hit in the game.
The Red Sox scored a run in the second as senior RHP Hunter Gordon made his first appearance of 2013, returning for hip surgery. Mauro Gomez double to center to lead off and Jeremy Hazelbaker plated him with a single to left. Gordon settled in and forced three straight groundouts to end the inning.
The Eagles tied the game at one in the third with right-hander Junichi Tazawa on the mound. Sophomore John Gorman
drew a walk and Hennessey smacked his second hit of the game over the left fielder's head for a double. Butera brought Gorman in on a groundout to short.
The Sox took back the lead in the third, scoring eight runs. Senior righty Jay Jeannotte put the first two batters on with a hit by pitch and a walk. Brock Holt singled to bring home one and Jackie Bradley, Jr. followed with a double against the wall in right center for another. Gomez hit a bloop single to right to score another Sox run. Junior LHP Steve Green replaced Jeannotte and after centerfielder Bourdon made a diving catch for the first out, Jonathan Diaz doubled to deep center make it an 8-1 game. Daniel Butler ended the scoring with a solo shot over the left-center wall before Green forced a groundout and got the Eagles' first strikeout of the game.
Shannon Wilkerson added to the lead with a two-run bomb with one out in the fifth.
Junior right-hander Matt Alvarez tallied the Eagles' strikeout in the sixth. In the bottom of the inning, former Eagle Terry Doyle (2005-08) faced his alma mater and retired the side in order.
Before the start of the game, Doyle brought director of Pete Frates out to the mound to present Red Sox manager John Farrell with the game ball.
The Eagles travel to Greensville, N.C., to play in the 10th Annual Keith LeClair Classic. They will face East Carolina on Friday at 6 p.m., which is a schedule change due to the inclement weather expected in the area.