Baseball Falls, 5-2, to Red Sox in 24th Exhibition Game
Feb. 27, 2014
Fort Myers, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team fell, 5-2, to the 2013 World Champion Red Sox on Thursday afternoon in front of 7,789 fans at JetBlue Park at Fenway South. Down by five in the ninth, the Eagles (4-3) rallied to score two runs on four hits before the final out in the seven-inning game.
In the 24th meeting between the two teams from Boston, BC tallied five hits and allowed the Red Sox to get nine. The Eagles fell the professional team by three runs or less for the seventh time in the series history. Senior John Hennessy, who doubled in the seventh, tallied a hit in all four years of his BC career.
Along with Hennessy, who tallied the Eagles' only extra base hit, senior Tom Bourdon, sophomore Logan Hoggarth, redshirt sophomore Geoffrey Murphy and freshman Nick Sciortino tallied hits for BC. Bourdon and Murphy drove in the Maroon and Gold's runs.
Senior LHP Steve Green pitched two innings for the Eagles and did not give up a run to the Red Sox. He allowed three hits and walked one. Freshman RHP Mike King pitched one scoreless inning, allowed just one hit, walked one and struck out one.
Starting right-hander Rubby De La Rosa earned the win for Boston, pitching two innings and allowing one hit. The Sox used six pitchers against the Eagles on the afternoon.
The Red Sox scored the first run in the first with senior right-hander Eric Stevens on the mound. Brock Holt and Alex Hassan drew back-to-back walks, but Garin Cecchini grounded into a 463 double play to put two outs on the board. Brandon Snyder hit a ground-rule double over the short fence in center to plate Holt before Stevens finished the inning with a swinging strikeout to hold the pro team to a one-run lead.
Green took the hill in the second and did not give up a run. After forcing a groundout to start the inning, Travis Shaw singled and Hieker Meneses hit a ground-rule double to right to move both runners into scoring position. The Eagles' defense held strong, as first baseman Hennessy fired a laser to home plate on a grounder to get Shaw on the tag out and Green fielded a chopper back to the mound for the final out, keeping the Sox off the scoreboard.
The Red Sox added a run in the fourth with junior right-hander Eric Stone on the hill. After allowing a walk, the Eagles cleared the bases with a 643 double play. Christian Vasquez then launched one over the left-field fence to make a 2-0 game before Stone forced a groundout to end the inning.
The Red Sox tacked on three more in the fifth off freshman right-hander Bobby Skogsbergh. After getting a fly ball to start the inning, he gave up three straight singles to load the bases. He got the next batter swinging for the second out but Shaw doubled to right to clear the bases and give the Sox a 5-0 lead. Skogsbergh forced a popup to get out of the inning.
BC scored its two runs in its final inning. Hoggarth singled to right off right-hander Austin Maddox and Hennessy followed with a ground-rule double to right to put runners on second and third. Bourdon grounded one to short to plate Hoggarth for the Eagles' first run. Murphy then singled to right, scoring Hennessy and moved to second on a fielding error by right fielder Henry Ramos. After a strikeout, Sciortino laced one through the left side, but Murphy was thrown out at the plate to end the game.
The Eagles return to action on Friday in the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla., when they play Central Michigan at 3 p.m. They continue the weekend with Villanova on Saturday at noon and Western Michigan at 3 p.m. on Sunday.