Baseball Falls in Rubber Match Against Georgia State, 7-6
March 3, 2013
St. Petersburg, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team was down by five heading into the fifth inning against Georgia State at Al Lang Stadium in series finale, and rallied to score four to cut the lead to one, but could not muster anymore and the Eagles (2-7) fell, 7-6, to the Panthers (7-5).
Junior Tom Bourdon and freshman Chris Shaw went 2-for-5 at the plate while freshman Logan Hoggarth tallied two RBIs on a double with the bases loaded to spark the four-run fifth. BC was outhit, 12-8, and left seven runners on base.
Redshirt freshman LHP Andrew Chin (1-2) shouldered the loss, going three innings and giving up seven hits, five runs - all earned - two walks and with three strikeouts. Freshman lefty reliever Jesse Adams pitched 2.2 innings without allowing a run and only gave up one hit and one walk while striking out two.
GSU's left-handed reliever Andrew Fessler (1-0) earned the win, throwing the final five frames, allowing just one hit, no runs, one walk and striking out two. Starter RHP Aidan McLaughlin gave up seven hits, six runs - four earned - one walk and struck out four in four innings.
The Eagles got on board early, tallying a run with two outs in the first. Bourdon singled to center, extending his early-season hit streak to six games, and advanced with the hit and run on as Shaw laced on through the left side. A wild pitch allowed Bourdon to cross the plate for the first run of the game.
The Panthers tied the game in the bottom of the inning as Chad Prain led off with a base hit, stole second and moved up to third on wild pitch. Josh Merrigan drove him in on a one-out chopper to second. Chin got two swinging Ks to keep it a 1-1 game.
BC took back the lead with a run in the second. Senior Matt Paré reached on a fielder's choice and moved into scoring position on a groundout. Classmate Matt McGovern tallied an infield single to put runners on the corners and took off for second during the next at bat. GSU catcher Scott Sarratt threw down, but his overthrow allowed Paré to cross the plate and give the Eagles the 2-1 lead.
GSU took the lead in the bottom of the third, scoring four to go on top, 5-2. Chris Triplett belted a two-run shot over the left-field fence to give the Panthers the one-run advantage and, with the bases loaded on a single and two walks, Sarratt singled to right to bring in two more.
The Panthers added two more runs in the fourth on a two-run double down the left-field line by Matt Rose with freshman right-hand reliever Jeff Burke on the mound.
A four-run fifth put the Eagles back in the game, cutting the lead to 7-6. They loaded the bases on a lead-off walk by sophomore Blake Butera and singles by Bourdon and Shaw. Hoggarth drove in two on a double to center. Fessler came on in relief and with one down, sophomore pinch hitter Travis Ferrick flied one to left to score Shaw. Paré's fly ball to right should have ended the inning but the Panthers' third error of the game, a dropped ball, allowed Hoggarth to cross the plate.
After the four-run flurry, both teams' pitching staffs settled in and neither team could produce another run on the afternoon.
The Eagles return to action on Tuesday, March 5 for a 7 p.m. matchup at USF.