Baseball Loses Close Contest to East Carolina, 2-1
Feb. 22, 2013
Greenville, N.C. - The Boston College baseball fell, 2-1, to East Carolina on Friday night in its first game of the 10th Annual Keith LeClair Classic at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Junior Tom Bourdon turned in a 3-for-4 performance and classmate right-hander Eric Stevens (0-2) pitched strong 6.2 innings, but the Eagles (1-3) could not overtake the Pirates (2-3).
Stevens allowed six hits, two runs - both earned - four walks, and struck out his first batter of the season. Graduate student Nate Bayuk came on in relief and with a runner on third, made the last out of the seventh on a strikeout. The lefty reliever became BC's all-time leader in appearances with 89.
Righty Ryan Williams (1-0) earned the win for ECU, going seven innings and allowing one run - unearned - one walk and five strikeouts. Right-hander Drew Reynolds tallied his first save of the season, pitching the final 1.2 innings, striking out two and walking one.
ECU broke up the scoreless game in the third, taking a 1-0 lead as Travis Watkins drew a lead-off walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Chase MacDonald singled through the right side to bring home Watkins for the first run of the game, but was gunned down trying for second by senior catcher Matt Paré.
The Pirates added one more in the fourth as Jay Cannon drove in Nick Thompson, who was hit by a pitch, on a double to the corner in left. Paré also got Cannon trying to take third and Stevens recorded two quick outs to end the inning.
The Eagles got one back in the sixth as Bourdon tallied his third hit to lead off the inning. Sophomore Blake Butera moved him over on a groundout and he scored when freshman Logan Hoggarth grounded to short with two outs and a throwing error by Jack Reinheimer extended the inning, allowing Bourdon to cross the plate.
BC threatened in the eighth, loading up the bases. Butera and freshman Chris Shaw singled and Hoggarth battled to draw a walk with one out. Paré grounded into a double play before the Eagles could get on the board.
Prior to the start of the game, both head coaches and director of baseball operations Pete Frates were presented with commemorative bats for participating in the tournament. Former ECU coach Keith LeClair passed away in 2006 after a courageous battle with ALS.
Weather permitting, the Eagles will take on Ohio at approximately 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23. Illinois and New Mexico State will play the first game at 3 p.m. and the BC game will start 45 minutes after its conclusion.