Baseball Falls to Illinois, 5-2
Feb. 24, 2013
Greenville, N.C. - The Boston College baseball team lost an early 1-0 lead and fell, 5-2, to Illinois on the final day of the 10th Annual Keith LeClair Classic on Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium. The Eagles (1-5) left nine runners on base while both teams tallied eight hits.
In his first career start, redshirt freshman Andrew Chin (1-1) recorded the loss. He went 4.2 innings, allowed four hits, three runs - all earned - three walks and struck out six. Of the six Ks, five were looking. Senior right-hander Hunter Gordon pitched 1.2 innings of relief, retiring all four batters he faced, after returning from offseason hip surgery.
Right-hander Nick Blackburn (1-0) tallied the win for the Illini (4-3), going 6.2 innings and allowing five hits, one unearned run, one walk and five strikeouts. Righty Ronnie Muck earned the save, pitching 1.1 innings and giving up one hit, while striking out two.
The Eagles got on the board first, scoring one in the second as senior Matt Paré landed on second on a throwing error by the second baseman and moved to third on a groundout by junior Jimmy Dowdell. Hennessy tallied his first hit of the year, a grounder down the third-base line, to score Paré and give the Eagles the 1-0 lead.
Chin got out of a jam in the bottom of the third, loading the bases on two walks and the Illini first hit of the game. A strikeout looking and chopper to third, which freshman first baseman Chris Shaw dug out of the dirt on the throw, kept Illinois scoreless.
The Illini took the lead in the fifth, scoring three runs. After two fly outs, Will Krug reached on a bunt down the third-base line. He got stuck in between first and second, but shortstop Butera dropped the ball on the tag and Krug was safe. Krug moved up to third on a wild pitch and Michael Hurwitz hit one down the third-base line. Freshman third baseman Logan Hoggarth made a diving throw to first, but Hurwitz just beat it, allowing Krug to tie the game. On another pickoff attempt, Shaw was called for interference and Hurwitz was awarded second. He scored to take the lead on Justin Parr's single up the middle. Freshman right-hand reliever Jeff Burke replaced Chin and Jordan Parr drove in Justin, who stole second, on a single to left. Burke ended the inning with a strikeout looking.
Illinois added two more in the seventh as a single and walk by freshman lefty Austin Solecitto and a bunt single off graduate student LHP Nate Bayuk loaded the bases. Justin Parr singled to center to plate two.
The Eagles got one back in the eighth when Butera laced on to center and moved to second when Shaw was hit by a pitch. Freshman Stephen Sauter came in to pitch hit with two outs and singled to right. Paré legged out an infield single and Butera scored when the first baseman did not throw the ball home.
The Eagles return on action on Friday, March 1 when they start a three-game series against Georgia State in St. Petersburg, Fla.