Baseball Falls in Series Opener to Stetson, 5-3
Feb. 21, 2014
DeLand, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team could not complete another rally and lost to Stetson, 5-3, on Friday evening at Melching Field. The Eagles (3-2) tried to come back from a 5-1 deficit, putting the tying run on second, but the Hatters (1-4) prevailed, earning their first win of the 2014 season.
Sophomore Gabriel Hernandez led the Eagles at the plate, going 2-for-3, scoring two runs and stealing a base, while junior Blake Butera went 2-for-4, tallying a hit in all five games of the young season. Senior Tom Bourdon was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.
Senior RHP Eric Stevens (0-2) threw 3.2 innings in his start, giving up five hits, five runs - two earned - three walks and struck out one. Junior LHP Nick Poore threw 2.1 innings of scoreless relief and did not allow a hit. He walked one and struck out three. Redshirt freshman Luke Fernandes came in for Poore and retired all six batters he faced, recording his first two career strikeouts. The reliever combination did not allow a hit or run the final 4.1 innings, walked only one and struck out five.
Right-hander Kurt Schluter (1-1) earned the win, going 6.1 innings, and allowing eight hits, three runs - two earned - two walks and striking out four. Righty Tyler Warmoth earned the save, throwing the final two innings without allowing a hit, run or walk.
The Eagles struck first, scoring a run in the third inning. Hernandez knocked a one-out single through the left side to get on base, stole second and moved all the way to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Bourdon plated him on a sacrifice fly to center.
The Hatters tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Tyler Bocock singled to right with one out. Patrick Mazeika followed with a hard-hit ball up the middle. Second baseman Butera got to the ball on a sliding play, but couldn't record the out and Stetson had runners on first and second. With two outs, Garrett Russini doubled to right, scoring Bocock to tie the game. Right fielder Chris Shaw hit Butera, who fired to sophomore catcher Stephen Sauter to get Mazeika at the plate and keep the game knotted at one.
Stetson took the lead - its first of the season - in the fourth, scoring four runs on three hits and two BC errors. Darby McCormick was hit by a pitch to start the inning and Kyle Zech laid down a bunt, reaching on a high throw by Stevens. A sac bunt moved both runners into scoring position and McCormick scored on a passed ball before Zech crossed the plate on a fielding error by third baseman Hernandez. After a groundout, moving Piatnik to second, Bocock doubled to left to score another run. Redshirt sophomore LHP Tyler Hinchliffe replaced Stevens, but quickly loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. Poore came in and got the final out on a swinging K.
BC got two back in the seventh as junior Travis Ferrick started the rally with his first hit of the 2014 campaign. With one down, the left fielder knocked on to left and Hernandez and Butera followed with singles to load the bases. With new pitcher LHP Adam Schaly on the hill, Bourdon drove the first run in with a blooper to shallow right. Redshirt sophomore Geoffrey Murphy grounded one with second, but the Hatters were only able to get one, allowing Hernandez to score. Shaw drew a four-pitch walk to put the tying run on second, but a groundout ended the Eagles scoring chances.
The two teams return on Saturday for the second game of the series at 2 p.m.