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Baseball Shuts Out Stetson, 8-0, to Even Series

Three of Joe Cronin's seven hits are doubles so far in 2014.

Three of Joe Cronin's seven hits are doubles so far in 2014.

Feb. 22, 2014

Box Score

Postgame Interview

DeLand, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team tallied its first shutout of the 2014 season, beating Stetson, 8-0, at Melching Field on Saturday afternoon to even the series at one. The Eagles (4-2) recorded 12 hits for the best offensive output of the young season. They will face the Hatters (1-5) in the rubber match at noon on Sunday.

Redshirt sophomore LHP Andrew Chin (2-0) pitched 5.2 scoreless innings, allowed just two hits, walked two and struck out three in the win. Sophomore RHP Jeff Burke pitched 2.1 innings in relief, allowed just one hit, one walk and struck out one without giving up a run.

Senior John Hennessy and sophomores Joe Cronin and Chris Shaw tallied two hits apiece to lead the team. One of Cronin's hit was a double, making three of his seven hits on the year two-baggers. Shaw recorded three RBIs on the day, while senior Tom Bourdon notched two more, and they hold the team lead with seven each. Junior Blake Butera was 1-for-3, scoring two runs, knocking one in and drawing a walk. He has recorded at least one walk in all six games of the 2014 season.

Stetson lefty Austin Perez (0-2) shouldered the loss, giving up eight hits and three runs over six innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out two. The Eagles faced six different Hatters pitchers in the game.

The Eagles were the first to get on the board, scoring two in the third with two outs. Cronin nailed a one-out double to left center and with two down, Butera knocked one through the left side, to plate the first BC run. After Butera took second, Shaw smacked one to right center to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead.

BC added a run the next inning when redshirt sophomore Nick Colucci reached on a fielder's choice and put himself into scoring position with his first stolen base of the season. Freshman Johnny Adams shot one to right, scoring his teammate and giving the Eagles a three-run lead.

The Hatters threatened in the sixth, loading the bases with a pair of walks and a hit batsman. With two down, Burke came on in relief of Chin and forced a groundout to end the inning and get the Eagles out of the jam.

The Eagles added three more to take a 6-0 lead in the seventh. Freshman Nick Sciortino faced righty Josh Thorne, who threw four straight balls to start the inning. The Hatters went to the pen for RHP Taylor Cockrell to face the top of the BC lineup. After Sciortino landed on second on a wild pitch, Cronin singled to put runners at the corners and Hennessy brought the catcher home with a base hit through the right side. Butera was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Shaw, who it a sacrifice fly to plate Cronin. Hennessy scored the sixth run of the game on a groundout by Bourdon.

BC tacked on two more in the ninth, facing three different Stetson pitchers. Hennessy and Butera drew back-to-back, one-out walks against RHP Ben Rakus, who was relieved by lefty Garrison Banas. Both moved into scoring position on a wild pitch and Hennessy came home on an RBI single by Shaw. Butera followed suit when Bourdon singled to left. Right-hander Frankie Romano entered the game and after tallying the second out, freshman two-way player Michael Strem saw his first action at the plate, drawing a walk. Romano forced a groundout to get out of the inning.

Freshman RHP Justin Dunn registered his first collegiate appearance, pitching the bottom of the ninth. He got himself out of a jam, forcing a 123 double play with the bases loaded to end the game.

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