Baseball Drops Series Finale at Stetson, 3-1
Feb. 23, 2014
DeLand, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team lost the rubber match with Stetson, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon at Melching Field. After dropping the first game Friday night, the Eagles (4-3) rebounded with a shutout, game-two win over the Hatters (2-4) on Saturday, but could not get the offense going and fell in the final game.
Freshman Johnny Adams knocked in BC's only run, and recorded the only two-hit performance in the lineup, going 2-for-3 with a walk. Junior Blake Butera could not muster a hit after tallying at least one in the first six games of the season, but reached base with a walk in his final at bat.
Junior RHP John Gorman (1-1) allowed just one run and four hits in five innings of work. He did not walk a batter and struck out three. Freshman righty Mike King pitched the final two innings for the Eagles, allowed just one hit and struck out two without giving up a walk or run.
Stetson's RHP Josh Powers (1-1) collected the win, throwing 7.2 innings, giving up five hits, one run and four walks, while striking out three. Righty Tyler Warmoth earned his second save, pitching a scoreless ninth.
The Hatters struck first, scoring the first run off Gorman this season. Garrett Russini smacked a ball to the right-field corner, allowing for a triple, and with one down, Mike Fernland drove him in with a sacrifice fly to center.
Stetson added two more in the sixth to go up with sophomore left-hander Jesse Adams on the mound. Tyler Bocock was hit by a pitch and scored when Patrick Mazeika doubled to deep right center. Adams promptly sat the next batter down with three straight strikes. Russini then knocked a hard-hit grounder under the glove of senior first baseman John Hennessy, allowing Mazeika to score from second before Adams retired the second out by way of the K. The lefty forced a fly ball to end the inning, but the Hatters held a three-run lead.
The Eagles got on the board in the eighth, scoring a run with two outs. Butera drew a one-out walk and moved to second when senior Tom Bourdon knocked a two-out single through the left side. Adams came through with a base hit to right to plate Butera before the inning ended on a chopper back to the mound.
The Eagles had runners on second and third in the ninth with one out after sophomore Joe Cronin hit a sac bunt to move over redshirt sophomore Nick Colucci, who had reached on a field error, and freshman Nick Sciortino, who battled to draw a walk on a full count. Hennessy and Butera could not bring their teammates in as Wamoth struck them out to end the game and give the Hatters the win.
The Eagles return to action on Thursday, Feb. 27 when they take on the Red Sox in an exhibition game for the 24th time. The meeting will take place at Fenway South, JetBlue Park, in Fort Myers, Fla., and will start 40 minutes after the 1:05 p.m., seven-inning game with Northeastern.