Baseball Falls, 5-4, to Georgia State
March 1, 2013
St. Petersburg, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team lost a three-run lead and fell, 5-4, to Georgia State on Friday night at Al Lang Stadium. The Eagles (1-6) took an early 4-1 lead midway through the sixth, but two runs by the Panthers (6-4) in the bottom of the inning and two in the seventh gave BC the loss.
Junior right-handed starter Eric Stevens went 5.2 innings, allowed 11 hits, but only three runs and one walk, while striking out three. Senior RHP reliever Hunter Gordon (0-1) shouldered the loss, pitching the seventh and giving up two hits, two runs and a walk.
GSU's righty reliever Ben Burns (2-1) earned the win, throwing the final seven innings and allowing three hits, one run and two walks while striking out five. Starter RHP Nick Squeglia gave up four hits, three runs, five walks and struck out one in the first two innings.
Down one in the seventh, the Panthers took the lead as Matt Rose walked to lead off the inning and stole second to move into scoring position. He advanced to third on a groundout and scored a sac fly. Chase Raffield laced on to right and pinch runner Garitt Church came around to score on a double off the left-field wall by Scott Sarratt. Sarratt then moved up to third on a throwing error, but was gunned down trying to score as senior catcher Matt Paré threw to Gordon, covering the plate .
The Eagles scored a run in each of the first three innings to take an early lead. In the first, the first three batters walked to load the bases and freshman Chris Shaw popped one to shallow left, which leftfielder Chris Triplett dropped, allowing senior Matt McGovern to score. In the second, Bourdon tallied the Eagles' first sacrifice fly of the year to make it a 2-0 game. With the bases loaded again, the centerfielder hit one to his counterpart with one out to score freshman Gabriel Hernandez, who had reached first on a fielder's choice and advanced to third on a single by Hennessy. Shaw tacked on a run in the third after drawing a lead-off walk. Hoggarth singled to move Shaw to third and freshman Stephen Sauter drove him in on a base hit to right.
The Panthers got one back in the bottom of the third on a two-out double by Rose that hit the center-field wall, driving in Josh Merrigan, who had singled.
BC added a run in the sixth as Hennessy led off the frame with a chopper up the middle. After McGovern drew his third walk of the night, Bourdon's hit took a bad hop on shortstop Chad Prain, allowing Hennessy to score and give the Maroon and Gold a 4-1 lead.
GSU tallied two in the bottom of the inning to make it a one-run game. With runners on second and third, Sarratt drove home a run on a one-out base hit to right center. After a failed sacrifice attempt that left two down, Caden Bailey nailed one to left to score the second run of the inning. Triplett knocked a hard grounder to short, which sophomore Blake Butera dove and knocked down, but Triplett beat the throw to load the bases. Graduate student lefty reliever Nate Bayuk came in with the bases loaded and Merrigan launched on to left. Hoggarth made the catch falling down to get the Eagles out the inning and preserve the 4-3 lead.
The two teams return on Saturday, March 2 for the second game of the series at 7 p.m.