March 2, 2013
St. Petersburg, Fla. - The Boston College baseball ended a five-game skid with a 2-0 victory over Georgia State at Al Lang Stadium, led by sophomore right-hander John Gorman (1-1), who tallied his first win of the season.
The Eagles (2-6) broke a scoreless tie in the seventh on freshman Stephen Sauter's sacrifice fly to plate the winning run and added an insurance run in the eighth to shut out the Panthers (6-5). Classmate Joe Cronin went 2-for-3 with a run on the night, recording the first hits of his career.
Gorman threw seven scoreless innings, gave up just three hits and struck out five. He did not walk a batter. Sophomore lefty Tyler Hinchliffe earned his second save of the season, striking out the side in the ninth. Graduate student LHP Nate Bayuk came on in relief with the bases loaded in the eighth and got BC out of the jam, leaving them loaded.
Starter LHP Garrett Ford (1-2) tallied the loss, going 6.2 innings, allowing five hits, one run and one walk.
The winning run came in the seventh frame as junior Tom Bourdon extended his hit streak to five games with a base hit to right. Freshman Chris Shaw followed with a single through the left side. Freshman Logan Hoggarth grounded to third, but beat the throw to first to break up the double play and put runners on the corners. Sauter's sac fly to center scored Bourdon.
In the top of the eighth, with freshman right-handed reliever Jeff Burke
on the mound, the Panthers loaded the bases on two walks and an error. Bayuk came in and retired the three batters he faced, striking one out, to preserve the one-run lead.
In the bottom of the inning, BC added an insurance run as Cronin led off with a double to deep centerfield. Freshman Gabriel Hernandez laid down a sacrifice bunt, which GSU pitcher Jerry Stuckey fielded and attempted to go to third to get lead runner, but his errant throw landed in left, allowing Cronin to score and Hernandez to stop at third. New pitcher Connor Stanley tallied a strikeout and, after loading the bases with an intentional walk to Shaw, got a foul fly and a fly out to end the inning.
The Eagles threatened in the sixth with one down. Junior Jimmy Dowdell tallied his first hit of the season, the second his career, with a base hit through the left side. He hustled to third as Cronin followed with his first career hit, a single to right. Ford was able to get the next two Eagles on a pop fly and groundout to keep it a scoreless game.
The Panthers advanced a runner to third in the fifth and seventh, but Gorman was able to get out of the innings unscathed and keep the game scoreless.
The two teams will play the rubber match on Sunday, March 3 at 1 p.m. to complete the series.