Baseball Defeats St. Bonaventure, Valparaiso To Extend Winning Streak To Four Games
March 8, 2003
BRADENTON, Fla. - The baseball team has had difficulty getting the three phases of the game -- hitting, pitching and fielding -- to come together in the season's early going, but Saturday the Eagles put their bats, arms and gloves on display as they beat St. Bonaventure, 10-2, and Valparaiso, 6-0, at the Bollettieri Academy.
Sophomore Chris Lambert (Manchester, N.H.) and junior Matt O'Donnell (Marlboro, Mass.) each combined with two relievers to earn their first win of the year. In support of them, BC hitters cracked 23 hits while the defense made just one error in the two games.
Against the Bonnies (3-3), Boston College took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first and never looked back. One of those runs came on a solo home run by senior Vinny Scavone (Seffner, Fla.), his first of the year.
The Eagles (5-6) had extended the lead to 6-0 in the seventh when, with two runners on, sophomore Ryan Morgan (Weymouth, Mass.) cranked a Matt Landahl offering over the right-field fence for his second long ball of the year.
Lambert shut down the Bonnies' bats for five innings, but ran into some trouble in the sixth, when three St. Bonaventure hits led to two runs. He was lifted for junior Mike Gauthier (Salem, Mass.), who got the final two outs of the inning.
Gauthier blanked the Bonnies in the seventh and eighth, and sophomore David Preziosi (Oradell, N.J.), making his Eagles debut, came in and struck out the side in the ninth.
Morgan and junior Josh Discipio (Schenectady, N.Y.) each recorded three hits while redshirt junior Ryan Leahy (Salem, Mass.) and junior Garrett Greer (Peabody, Mass.) had two apiece. Greer drove in a pair while Morgan and sophomore Jason Delaney (Hanson, Mass.) crossed the plate twice.
Lambert notched his first win of the year, allowing two runs on five hits in 5.1 innings. He struck out seven and walked one.
The big story in the second game was the performance of O'Donnell, who was making his first start of the year. He retired the first 13 batters he faced and left after the seventh having allowed just two hits. In earning his first victory of the season and second of his career, O'Donnell fanned seven and walked two.
Sophomore Mike Flynn (Trumbull, Conn.) got the bats going with a two-run double in the second, putting BC up 2-0. The Eagles added one in the fifth, one in the eighth and two in the ninth.
Flynn and sophomore Drew Locke (Weymouth, Mass.) has two hits apiece against the Crusaders (2-5).
Boston College concludes its Spring Break trip Sunday, March 9 with a 9:30 a.m. game against Lehigh at the Bollettieri Academy.