March 5, 2013
Tampa, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team tallied a season-high 10 runs and 16 hits en route to a 10-4 victory over USF on Tuesday night at USF Baseball Stadium. Eight of the nine hitters in the Eagles (3-7) lineup tallied at least one hit.
Junior John Hennessy and freshmen Gabriel Hernandez and Stephen Sauter led the team with 3-for-5 performances. Hennessy and Hernandez each tallied three RBIs while Hennessy registered his first career triples, nailing two in the game. The last player to hit two triples in the same game was Anthony Melchionda against SIU Edwardsville on March 5, 2011. Freshman Chris Shaw launched his first home run of his career over the right-field fence in the third inning.
Sophomore right-handed starter Eric Stone (1-0) earned the win for the Eagles (3-7), going three innings on a pitch count. He allowed seven hits and two runs. Sophomore lefty reliever Nick Poore threw 2.2 innings and allowed three hits, one walk and struck out one without allowing a run.
Righty Mike Clarkson (1-2) shouldered the loss for the Bulls (4-7), giving up seven hits, six runs - four earned - and two walks in 3.2 innings. USF made four errors on the night and tallied 14 hits overall.
The Eagles took an early, 4-0 lead, tallying four in the third. Hennessy led off the third with his first career triple, which bounced off the wall in right center. Freshman Joe Cronin plated the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to center, allowing Hennessy to score. Hernandez drew a walk, stole second and advanced to third on the catcher's throw. Sophomore Blake Butera brought his teammate home on a grounder to third, which Kyle Copack misplayed, allowing Butera to stand on second. Shaw hit his first career home run with a bomb over the right-field wall to make it a four-run ballgame.
The Bulls got one back in the bottom of the inning to cut it to 3-1. Kyle Teaf led off with a double to center and moved to third on a groundout to first. James Ramsey plated Teaf with an RBI single to left. The Eagles got out of the inning on a 643 double play with runners on first and second.
BC tacked on two more runs in the fourth as Hennessy laced his second triple down the right-field line, scoring sophomore Travis Ferrick, who reached first on a fielder's choice and stood on second after USF first baseman Buddy Putnam missed catcher Levi Borders throw down to the bag. Hernandez drove in Hennessy with two down by legging out an infield single.
USF scored another run in the bottom of the inning as Putman led off with a single back at Stone and moved up 90 feet on a balk. He advanced to third on an infield single by Borders and, with Poore pitching, scored on a grounder to short to make it a 6-2 game.
Graduate student left-hand reliever Nate Bayuk came in the game with runners on second and third with two outs in the sixth. After the bases were loaded on an error, Bayuk got Alex Mendez looking to get out of the jam and preserve the BC lead.
The Eagles added four more runs on four hits in the top of the ninth. With one down, they loaded the bases on an error and back-to-back singles by Sauter and Ferrick. Hennessy drove in two with a base hit through the right side. Cronin walked to reload the bases and Hernandez laced one at shortstop Teaf and the ball skipped into the outfield, scoring two more.
The Bulls scored two in the bottom of the ninth with junior LHP Steve Green on the mound as pinch hitter Anthony Diaz drove in runners from second and third before notching a strikeout and flyball.
The two teams will meet again on Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. to wrap up the two-game series.