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Baseball Falls to Boston Red Sox, 9-3




March 5, 2004

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The Boston College baseball team surrendered five late-game runs to fall to the Boston Red Sox, in their annual exhibition game, Friday, March 5, at the City of Palms Park.

Drew Locke (Weymouth, Mass.), Ryan Leahy (Salem, Mass.) and Jeff Schomaker (Seattle, Wash.) each drove in a run for Boston College as eight different Eagle players posted a hit against the major-league rival.

The Eagles got two on the board in their first at bat off Red Sox starting pitcher Tim Wakefield. Senior Josh DiScipio (Schenectady, N.Y.) had a flare single to center field, stole second base, and came home on Drew Locke's two-out single down the left field line. The next batter, Jason Delaney (Hanson, Mass.), singled to right field, advancing Locke to third, who was then knocked in by Ryan Leahy's hit to left center.

The hosts were not deterred though and matched the Eagle production in the bottom half of that inning via David Ortiz' two-run single. Ortiz then moved up on a walk issued to Nomar Garciaparra by BC starting pitcher Nathan Jeanes (Methuen, Mass.), but was thrown out at home by Eagle left fielder Eric Wright (Southboro, Mass.), trying to score on Doug Mirabelli's single to left center.

Neither team scored again until the bottom of the fifth when the Red Sox posted a pair of runs ? including the game-winning run - thanks to Andy Dominique's two-run tator on a two-out, full-count pitch by Nick Asselin (Bedford, N.H.). With a man on first and second, BC ended more grief when Jeff Schomaker made a diving catch on Kelly Shopach's line drive to left center, preventing two additional Red Sox runs.

Three hits in the top of the sixth frame set up an Eagle score when Jeff Schomaker powered a bases-loaded fielder's choice to plate Pete Frates (Beverly, Mass.). The Red Sox came back in their next chance and scored five runs on five hits for the 9-3 final.

Marco Albano (Arlington, Mass.), Dave Preziosi (Oradell, N.J.) and Ted Ratliff (Crystal Lake, Ill.) each threw a scoreless inning of relief for BC.

The Eagles continue action, Saturday, meeting Bowling Green, March 6 at 10:30 a.m. in Bradenton.

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