Baseball Falls to Western Michigan, 5-3
March 2, 2014
Port Charlotte, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team lost its final game of the Snowbird Classic, falling, 5-3, to Western Michigan on Sunday afternoon at North Charlotte Regional Park. The Eagles (6-4) could not stage a late-inning rally against the Broncos (3-7), even as sophomore Gabriel Hernandez led off the ninth with his first career home run.
Sophomore right-handed starter Jeff Burke went five innings, allowed just three hits, one run, one walk and struck out a career-high six. Junior lefty Nick Poore (0-1) shouldered the loss for BC, allowing four hits and three runs over 1.2 innings of relief work. He struck out one.
WMU's starter left-hander Keegan Akin (1-0) earned the win, going six innings, allowing one run while giving up six hits and walking three. Righty Pat Haynes tallied his second save, throwing the final 1.1 innings, allowing just Hernandez's home run.
Boston College batters did not strike out in the game, but stranded nine men on base.
Sophomore Chris Shaw recorded a single in the first, now tallying at least one hit in all 10 games of the 2014 season, extending his career-long hit streak. Classmate Logan Hoggarth was 2-for-2 on the afternoon, scoring a run, walking twice and driving in a run. Playing down the road from his hometown of North Port, the Floridian hit .583 on the weekend with seven hits and four RBIs, including driving in the winning run against Villanova on Saturday.
The Broncos took an early, 1-0 lead, scoring one in the second on back-to-back hits. Jared Kujawa hit a ground-rule double that hopped the right-field fence and Brett Sunde drove him in with a single to left center.
Burke got out of a jam in the fifth after putting runners on first and second on a walk and high chopper good for a base hit. He got the lead runner on a sacrifice bunt attempt for the first out and forced a groundout for the second. He then retired the third out with three straight pitches, all looking.
BC tied the game with two outs in the fifth. Hoggarth drew a lead-off walk and with one out, Hernandez moved him to second on a groundout. Sophomore Joe Cronin doubled to center to knot the game at one.
Western Michigan got back on top the following inning with Poore on the hill. After he retired the first batter he faced with three straight pitches, Poore gave up a single to Sunde, who was out at second on a fielder's choice off the bat of Theo Piccirilli. Caleb Caton drove in Piccirilli from first on a two-out double to center to put the Broncos back on top.
The Broncos added two more in the seventh to take a 4-1 lead. With one out, Andrew Sohn singled up the middle and moved to second on a balk. Kurt Hoekstra legged out a triple to plate Sohn and he scored on a two-out single by Kujawa with sophomore lefty Jesse Adams on the mound. Freshman catcher Nick Sciortino ended the inning by catching Kujawa stealing second.
Western Michigan added their fifth run in the eighth with senior right-hander Eric Stevens on the mound. Sunde led off with a single and the Broncos loaded the bases with two outs on a base hit and walk. Stevens hit Sohn to bring in a run before striking out the final out of the inning.
The Eagles got one back in the eighth when senior John Hennessy and freshman Johnny Adams drew two-out walks and Hoggarth came through with a double just inside the right-field line, scoring Hennessy.
Hernandez cut the lead to two with a lead-off home run over the right-field fence in the ninth. Cronin was called out at first on a close play after a hard-hit ball to the edge of the grass behind third and a chopper and fly ball off BC bats ended the chances of a comeback.
The Eagles return to action when they travel to Boca Raton, Fla., for a two-game series with FAU on Tuesday and Wednesday. Both games will be played at 6:30 p.m.