Baseball's Comeback Falls Short at No. 16 Miami
March 9, 2014
Coral Gables, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team mounted a comeback after being down by four early, but the rally fell short and 16th-ranked Miami earned a 4-3 win over the Eagles (6-9, 0-3 ACC) at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. The Hurricanes (10-5, 3-0 ACC) took all three games of the series.
Sophomore RHP Jeff Burke (0-1) shouldered the loss, throwing six innings and allowing five hits, four runs - two earned -four walks, including one intentional, and three strikeouts. The combination of freshman RHP Bobby Skogsbergh, sophomore RHP John Nicklas and senior LHP Steve Green did not allow a run, gave up only two hits and one intentional walk and struck out two.
Senior Tom Bourdon led the Eagles at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI while redshirt sophomore Nick Colucci was 1-for-4 with his first career RBI. Sophomore Joe Cronin tallied BC's other RBI on the day.
Miami left-handed starter Andrew Suarez (2-1) pitched seven innings, allowed four hits, one unearned run, two walks and struck out three. Right-handed closer Bryan Garcia earned his fifth save, throwing the final 1.2 innings, striking out two and not giving up a hit, run or walk to BC.
The game started out as a pitchers' duel as both starters pitched five shutout innings. Burke allowed just two hits through the first five while Suarez did not give up a hit until the fifth.
Miami was first to get on the board, scoring four in the sixth. Dale Carey led off the inning with a base hit and moved up on a sacrifice. Burke intentionally walked Abreu to set up the double play, but Brad Fieger placed a soft-hit blooper between the mound and short, loading the bases. Alex Hernandez hit one to second, but junior Blake Butera misplayed the ball, allowing the first two runs of the game to score. David Thompson hit one right back at Burke, hitting him, scoring Fieger while a passed ball allowed the fourth run in. Burke stayed in the game and got the next batter swinging before shortstop Cronin made a diving catch on a line drive to end the inning.
The Eagles got one back the following inning, adding two more hits to their total. Freshman Johnny Adams reached base with one out on a throwing error by shortstop Brandon Lopez and he hustled all the way to third on Bourdon's base hit. Colucci drove him in with a single through the left side.
BC made it a one-run game in the eighth, scoring two more. With left-handed reliever AJ Salcinas on the hill, Butera led off the inning with a single to left and with one out, sophomore Chris Shaw drilled one to left center to set up both runners in scoring position. Against new pitcher RHP Adam Sargent, Cronin came through with an infield single, past the glove of the shortstop, to plate Butera. Adams singled to load the bases before Miami went back to the pen for Garcia. Bourdon then hit a sac fly to right to make it a 4-3 game.
The Eagles return to action on Friday, March 14 as they travel to Charlottesville, Va., for a three-game series with No. 1 Virginia.