Baseball Falls, 6-2, at No. 16 Miami to Open ACC Play
March 7, 2014
Coral Gables, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team lost, 6-2, to 16th-ranked Miami on Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field to open the Atlantic Coast Conference season. Sophomore Gabriel Hernandez led the Eagles (6-7, 0-1 ACC) at the plate with a 2-for-3, driving in both BC runs.
Hurricanes' (8-5, 1-0 ACC) starter lefty Chris Diaz (4-0) surrendered just five hits to BC over 7.2 innings. He struck out seven, walked one and was responsible for both Eagles' runs.
Junior right-handed starter John Gorman (2-2) struck out a career-high six over 5.2 innings, while allowing seven hits and three runs. He walked only one batter. Freshman catcher Nick Sciortino was 1-for-2 with a sacrifice hit and caught two runners stealing.
The Canes got on the board first, scoring two in the second. Willie Abreu led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Gorman got the second out swinging but walked Garrett Kennedy. On a 1-2 count, Brandon Lopez sent one to right center, tripling and plating both runners to give UM a 2-0 lead.
The Eagles cut the lead to one in the following inning. Senior Tom Bourdon hit the first pitch he saw down the left-field line, landing on second. Sciortino moved him over with a sacrifice bunt and Hernandez chopped on over the pitcher's head for an infield single, driving in Bourdon.
Miami took back its two-run lead in the bottom of the fourth on back-to-back hits as Zach Collins tallied a one-out single and Kennedy followed with a double to the right-field wall. Gorman struck out the next batter swinging and forced a popup to strand Kennedy at third after he had advanced on a wild pitch.
The Canes added two more in the sixth to make it a 5-1 game. With one down, David Thompson singled and, after Gorman's sixth K, sophomore left-handed reliever Jesse Adams came in. He walked the first batter he faced to put two on. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and scored on a base hit by Lopez. Senior right-hander Eric Stevens came in and forced a hard-hit chopper between third and short, which sophomore third baseman Joe Cronin fielded and threw to second to end the inning.
Hernandez got one back for the Eagles in the seventh as freshman Johnny Adams singled to right and moved to second on a groundout by Bourdon. Sciortino chopped one up the middle, tallying an infield hit and advancing Adams to third. Hernandez drove him in with a hard-hit ball back at Diaz, who could not make the play.
Miami scored one more in the seventh on back-to-back hits with two down to make it a 6-2 game. Alex Hernandez doubled to the corner in left and Abreu drove him in with a base hit up the middle. Stevens forced a fly ball to end the inning.
The two teams return on Saturday at 7 p.m. for the second game of the series.