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Baseball Splits Two-Game Series at USF

Cronin tallied his first career K in his first career appearance.

Cronin tallied his first career K in his first career appearance.

March 6, 2013

Box Score

Tampa, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team fell, 9-4, to USF on Wednesday night at the USF Baseball Stadium to split the midweek series. The Eagles (3-7) tallied five hits but managed to capitalize on the Bulls' (5-7) three errors for scores.

In his first career start, freshman lefty Austin Solecitto (0-1) pitched one innings and allowed three hits, six runs, four walks and struck out one in the loss. Of the five Eagles who took the hill, four were freshmen, including Joe Cronin, who retired the side in the eighth, recording his first career strikeout as the two-way player saw his first action from the mound. Junior right-hander Matt Alvarez threw two scoreless innings, gave up only one hit and struck out three.

USF left-handed starter Nolan Thomas (1-1) went three innings, allowed three hits, three runs - two earned - two walks and struck out six.

BC jumped out to an early lead, scoring two in the first. Freshman Gabriel Hernandez led off the game with a single to left and proceeded to steal second and third to move 90 feet from home without an out on the board. Sophomore Blake Butera and junior Tom Bourdon drew back-to-back walks and with one out, Hernandez crossed the plate on a wild pitch. Freshman Logan Hoggarth plated Butera on a sacrifice fly to center for the two-run lead.

The Bulls took the lead in the bottom of the inning as they loaded the bases on a two singles and a walk. Solecitto got one swinging for the second out of the inning, but walked Austin Lueck to put the first USF run on the board. Levi Borders doubled to center to clear the bases and put the Bulls on top, 4-2, before a groundout ended the inning.

USF added three more in the second as Solecitto walked first two batters he faced and freshman Jesse Adams came on in relief. Alex Mendez loaded the bases on a bunt single and James Ramsey plated a run on a groundout down the first-base line. Adams tallied the second out with a strikeout looking before Chris Norton singled to right, scoring two.

The Eagles got one back in the third as Butera led off with single through the left side and moved into scoring position a wild pitch. Freshman Chris Shaw advanced him to third on a groundout and he scored on a two-out error by USF second baseman Nik Alfonso.

With two down in the bottom of the frame, USF made it an 8-3 game as Teaf laced a single to center to score Anthony Diaz from second after he had doubled earlier in the inning. The Eagles added a run in the fourth when junior John Hennessy legged out a double to left and scored on Alfonso's second error of the game.

Freshman right-hand reliever Jeff Burke retired the side in order in the fourth but with two outs in the fifth, USF tallied back-to-back singles to score their ninth run of the game.

Boston College travels to Tallahassee, Fla., to open Atlantic Coast Conference play at No. 5 Florida State on Friday, March 8 at 6 p.m. Friday and Sunday's 1 p.m. game will be broadcast on ESPN 3.

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