March 3, 2012
Fort Myers, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team lost, 6-3, to the Red Sox in front of 8,038 fans at JetBlue Park at Fenway South on Saturday night. The Eagles (6-2) took a day off from their three-game series with Florida Gulf Coast to play the 22nd annual exhibition game with the Red Sox.
Sophomore Tom Bourdon and junior Rob Moir both went 2-for-2 and senior Andrew Lawrence tallied two RBIs against the Major League pitching staff. Sophomore Steve Green started the game and went two innings. He allowed two hits, four runs, three earned, four hits, five walks and struck out two. Freshman John Gorman pitched two innings of relief. He allowed four hits, two runs and struck one out. Classmate Nick Poore also went two innings. He did not give up a run and struck out three.
BC was able to keep the Red Sox off the board in the first as Green got two quick outs on a groundout and strikeout and then, with runners on first and second, senior shortstop Anthony Melchionda made a great grab to end the inning. The Sox pulled ahead with a four-run second, as Ryan Lavarnway led off with a double and Green loaded the bases with two walks. The lefty got Jason Repko looking for the first out, but Mike Aviles doubled off the Green Monster to bring two home. A groundout plated another run and the Sox took a 4-0 lead on a passed ball. David Ortiz tried to go yard, but senior right fielder Marc Perdios reached over the fence to rob Big Papi of a homer and end the inning.
The Eagles got two back in the third as Moir led off with a single and stole second. Sophomore John Hennessy drove him in on a base hit to left. Lawrence plated the second BC run on a groundout to the first base.
The Red Sox added a run to their lead in the third and the fourth. Alex Hassan drove in Lavarnway, who doubled, in the third and Juan Carlos Linares brought home Pedro Circaco, who doubled to left and stole second. Sophomore catcher Nate LaPointe did catch a runner stealing for an out and Gorman kept the score at 6-2.
The Eagles tallied a run in the fifth. Freshman Travis Ferrick was hit by a pitch and junior Matt McGovern grounded to short, but an error by Circiaco allowed both base runners to advance to second and third. Lawrence registered his second RBI of the night by plating Ferrick on a groundout, cutting the lead to 6-3.
Poore retired the Sox in order in the fifth, striking out Nick Punto. He also struck out two in the sixth, allowing one only baserunner on a single to left.
BC returns to finish the series with FGCU on Sunday, March 4 at 1 p.m.