Baseball Falls to Florida Atlantic, 6-2
March 5, 2014
Boca Raton, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team lost, 6-2, to Florida Atlantic on Wednesday evening at FAU Baseball Stadium. The Eagles (6-6) dropped both games of the series to the Owls (10-3) as they could not drive in the runners left on base.
Junior Blake Butera led the way at the plate for BC, going 3-for-4 with a walk. Senior John Hennessy was 2-for-3 with a walk and run, finishing the series with the Owls 5-for-7. Sophomore Chris Shaw extended his career-long hit streak to 12 games, tallying at least one in every game in 2014. Classmate Logan Hoggarth also extended his career-long hit streak to seven games.
Junior RHP Eric Stone (0-1) went four innings, allowed five hits, one run and struck out three. He did not walk a batter.
BC left 15 runners on base, putting runners on in every inning but the sixth and ninth. The Eagles left the bases loaded twice.
FAU's starting left-hander Brandon Rhodes (1-0) pitched four innings, gave up seven hits, one run, three walks and struck out three. Right-hander Reily Monkman tallied his first save of the year, throwing the final 1.1 innings without allowing a hit, walk or run and striking out two.
The Owls struck first, scoring a run in the first inning. With one down, Stephen Kerr doubled through the right side and Tyler Rocklein moved him over with a single. Ricky Santiago plated the first run with a sac fly to right.
It didn't take long for the Eagles to tie the game. In the following inning, sophomore Joe Cronin led off with a single and senior Tom Bourdon drew a walk to put two on. With one down, sophomore Stephen Sauter drove in Cronin with a base hit to left center.
FAU got back on top in the fourth, after the Eagles stranded runners on second and third. Stone retired the first two batters before Kerr placed a double right inside the right-field line. Rocklein drove him in with a single to center to give the Owls the 2-1 lead.
The Owls added a run in the fifth and one in the sixth to make it a 4-1 game. With senior right-hander Eric Stevens on the hill and one out, Brendon Sanger tallied an infield single on a hard-hit ball toward second base and Rocklein tallied his second RBI with a two-out double down the left-field line. Stevens walked Sean Labsan in the sixth and got the first out with a strikeout, but pinch runner J. Bonilla Traverso reached third on a stolen base and throwing error by catcher Sauter. Senior lefty Steve Green came in and recorded the second out with a K. Before he could end the inning with another strikeout, CJ Chatham singled to left to score Traverso.
BC cut the lead to two in the seventh. Hennessy and Butera tallied back-to-back singles to start the inning. Shaw grounded one to second and second baseman Kerr's throw on the double play attempt was off, allowing Hennessy to score and Shaw to reach safely. Hoggarth and Cronin drew walks to load the bases but the Eagles could not capitalize, grounding out twice to end the inning.
FAU got the run back in the bottom of the inning with freshman RHP Michael Strem on the mound. Sanger led off with a triple and came home on Kerr's sacrifice fly. Strem hit Rocklein, but allowed him to reach third on a bad throw over to first. Strem got the next out looking before classmate RHP Bobby Skogsbergh came in and ended the inning with a strikeout swinging, stranding a man on third.
The Owls added one more in the eighth as Kevin Abraham singled, moved to second on a sacrifice and third on a ground out. Junior LHP Nick Poore entered the game and gave up a single to Billy Endris to make it a 6-2 ballgame before forcing a groundout.
The Eagles open Atlantic Coast Conference play at No. 16 Miami with a three-game series at Mark Light Field beginning on Friday, March 7 at 7 p.m.