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Baseball Defeats Central Michigan, 5-4

Logan Hoggarth

Logan Hoggarth

Feb. 28, 2014

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Port Charlotte, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team earned its first win in the Snowbird Classic, defeating Central Michigan, 5-4, on Friday afternoon at North Charlotte Regional Park. Junior right-hander John Gorman tied a career-high five strikeouts while sophomore Logan Hoggarth went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, playing minutes from his hometown.

The Eagles (5-3) tallied 11 hits in the win and the three BC pitchers held the Chippewas (2-7) to just six.

Gorman (2-1) allowed just one run and three hits through seven innings of work for his second of the year. Sophomore lefty Jesse Adams pitched the final 1.1 innings, allowing one hit, two runs - one earned - and two walks, while striking out two on the way to his second save of the year.

Hoggarth was the first Eagles to tally three hits in a game in 2014. Senior Tom Bourdon was 2-for-4 on the afternoon, also tallying two RBIs and a run. Freshman Johnny Adams went 2-for-4 with a run as well. Sophomore Chris Shaw tallied a run, as well as an RBI, to extend his career-long hit streak to eight games.

Central Michigan's RHP Jordan Foley (1-2) shouldered the loss, going 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits, three runs, all earned, three walks and five strikeouts.

After four scoreless, the Eagles were able to get on the board first. Senior John Hennessy drew his second lead-off walk of the game and moved to second when Johnny Adams singled to right center. Hoggarth hit one through the left side, allowing Hennessy to come around and score, sliding under the tag at home.

BC added another run the following inning on a double by Shaw. Bourdon walked and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Gabriel Hernandez. Shaw ripped a double to right center to put the Eagles up, 2-0.

Hoggarth knocked in his second run in the seventh when Adams led off with a double. The Florida native doubled down the right-field line to bring his teammate in and give the Eagles the three-run lead.

Cody Leichman put the Chippewas on the board in the seventh. After Gorman retired seven straight, the first baseman hit a two-out solo shot over the right-field fence, just out of reach of the leaping Shaw to make it a 3-1 game. Gorman ended the inning with a grounder to first.

Central Michigan made it a one-run game in the eighth with sophomore right-hander John Nicklas on the mound. Logan Regnier led off with a single to left and after Nicklas struck out the next batter, Adam Collins doubled to left center to bring home CMU's second run. Nicklas forced a fly out before Jesse Adams came in as the lefty replacement. Freshman catcher Nick Sciortino gunned down Regnier trying to take third on a wild pitch to end the inning.

Bourdon put two insurance runs on the board in the ninth, clearing the bases with a double. Sciortino notched a two-out infield single and sophomore Joe Cronin drew a walk to put two on. Central Michigan brought in lefty Jimmy McNamara to face the left-handed Bourdon, who laced one down the right-field line, scoring his teammates and giving the Eagles some padding.

Central Michigan cut the lead to one in the bottom of the ninth before Adams could end the game. Adams walked two in between two strikeouts and the runners moved into scoring position on a passed ball. Regnier singled to left to plate both his teammates and make it a one-run game before Adams forced a fly ball to center to end the game and preserve BC's win.

The Eagles play their second game of the Snowbird Classic on Saturday against Villanova at noon.

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