Baseball Holds On to Defeat Villanova in Extras
March 1, 2014
Port Charlotte, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team lost an early 6-0 lead, but managed to defeat Villanova, 7-6, in 11 innings on Saturday afternoon in the second day at the Snowbird Classic at North Charlotte Regional Park. Sophomore Logan Hoggarth drove in the game-winning run on a full count with two outs in the top of the 11th to give the Eagles (6-3) the win over the Wildcats (2-6).
BC led, 6-0, midway through the fourth, but Villanova climbed back in and loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth with one out. The Eagles' heads-up defensive play allowed the game into extras. With the winning run on third, Max Beermann hit a shallow fly to right center, which the Eagles did not catch. The winning run came home, but Nova base runners did not tag their bases, and the Eagles turned a double play, touching second and third, allowing the game to continue.
In the 11th, sophomore Chris Shaw reached on an error by the third baseman and classmate Gabriel Hernandez came in to pinch run. Senior John Hennessy moved him over on a sacrifice bunt to put the winning run for the Eagles in scoring position. With two outs, Hoggarth laced one through the right side, allowing Hernandez to come home and put BC back on top.
Freshman right-hander Bobby Skogsbergh (2-0) earned the win, pitching the final two innings for the Eagles, without allowing a hit, run or walk. He struck out two. Starter redshirt sophomore LHP Andrew Chin went the first six, allowed just three hits, one walk and two unearned runs and struck out five.
Shaw extended his career-long hit streak to nine games, going 3-for-6 with a double, run and an RBI. Freshman Johnny Adams was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two walks, to extend his hit streak to six games, tallying a hit in every game he has played in his young career. Senior Tom Bourdon also went 3-for-6 on the day with a double and two runs.
The Eagles struck quickly, scoring four runs on five hits in the first. Sophomore Joe Cronin started things off with a single up the middle and Bourdon followed with a double to left. Junior Blake Butera plated Cronin with a single to center for the first run of the game. Shaw followed with a base hit through the right side to score another and Hennessy grounded out to third, driving in Butera. Adams then came through with the fifth hit, scoring Shaw, who had hustled from first to third on Hennessy's RBI. A double play ended the inning, but Chin came to the mound with an early 4-0 lead.
BC added another run in the third with the bases loaded. Bourdon and Shaw singled and with two outs, Adams drew a walk. Bourdon scored on a passed ball to give the Eagles the five-run lead. They added a run in the fourth to make it 6-0 with two outs when Cronin and Bourdon tallied back-to-back singles and Butera plated one with a base hit through the left side.
The Wildcats scored two in the bottom of the inning as Chin allowed his first base runners. After retiring the first nine he faced, the lefty hit the lead-off batter and then loaded the bases on an error and single. The first run came in on a wild pitch and, after Chin reloaded the bases on a walk, Beermann hit a sac fly to right to make it a 6-2 game.
Nova cut the lead to two in the seventh with redshirt freshman righty Luke Fernandes on the hill. He allowed a one-out single, his first of hit of the season, and with two outs, gave up three more base hits to plate two runs, making it a 6-4 game. Left fielder Nick Colucci ended the inning with runners going from first and second by making a tumbling catch in left, preserving the Eagles' two-run lead.
The Wildcats tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with freshman righty Mike King throwing. King tallied a 123 eighth, but walked two and gave up a one-out double to make it a one-run game in the ninth. After an intentional walk to load the bases for a double play, sophomore RHP John Nicklas entered the game. Hoggarth could not catch a fly ball to right, allowing the tying run to score before the Eagles' smart defense kept the game going.
In the 10th, junior RHP Eric Stone walked the first two Wildcats before Skogsbergh came in and got the lead runner at third on a sacrifice bunt attempt. BC then turned a 53 double play to end the inning.
The Eagles finish their time at the Snowbird Classic with a 3 p.m. game against Western Michigan on Sunday.