Baseball Loses First Game of Series at No. 3 Virginia
March 14, 2014
Charlottesville, Va. - The Boston College baseball team fell, 8-1, to third-ranked Virginia at Davenport Field on Friday evening, dropping the first game of the three-game conference series. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday's game was moved due to predicted rain.
Sophomore Joe Cronin led the way for the Eagles (6-10, 0-4 ACC), turning in a 2-for-3 performance with a walk and run. He tallied his first career triple and the first for BC in 2014. Junior RHP John Gorman (2-3) took the loss for the Eagles, throwing four innings and allowing eight hits and four runs while striking out two. He did not walk a batter.
The Cavaliers (13-3, 3-1 ACC) outhit the Eagles, 14-6, and BC left 10 men on bases, including a bases-loaded situation in the eighth inning.
Virginia's left-handed Nathan Kirby (5-0) pitched 6.1 scoreless innings, allowed four hits and one walk while striking out four.
The Hoos were the first to get on the board, scoring a run in the second. Joe McCarthy led off with a double to left center and with one out, moved to third on a grounder. Kenny Towns hit a slow grounder to short, allowing McCarthy to score. Towns made a turn towards second, allowing senior first baseman John Hennessy to tag him to end the inning.
Virginia added three more in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead. With a man on first, Nick Howard grounded to third, allowing the Eagles to get the lead runner at second, but in an attempt to make the double play, junior second baseman Blake Butera's throw went wide, putting Howard on second. Nate Irving drove him in with a single through the right side. Towns plated Irving with a double to the wall in left center and he came home on a blooper to shallow left. Gorman got out of the inning with a fly to right.
Freshman right-hander Mike King surrendered a run in the seventh after getting out of a bases-loaded jam the prior inning. In the sixth, the Cavs loaded the bases with two outs on a single and two, but King forced a grounder to third to end the inning. In the seventh, Mike Papi began the inning with a single and King put two on by hitting Brandon Downes. McCarthy hit a hard one to Hennessy, who stepped on the base and threw to shortstop Cronin, who tagged Downes for a double play. Papi advanced to third and scored on a wild pitch before Cronin made a leaping grab on a liner to end the inning.
The Eagles had a chance in the eighth, loading the bases with no outs against right-hand reliever Austin Young. Redshirt sophomore pinch hitter Tyler Hinchliffe led off with a blooper to left, freshman Nick Sciortino was hit and sophomore Gabriel Hernandez hit one to right to load them up. Virginia went back to the bullpen for righty Whit Mayberry, who struck out the next two Eagles and forced a popup to get out of the jam.
The Hoos added three runs on four hits in the bottom of the eighth off freshman RHP Michael Strem to make it an 8-0 game. Irving led off with an infield single and came around to score when Towns doubled to the wall in left. John La Prise doubled to put runners on second and third before Strem tallied a K for the first out of the inning. Daniel Pinero smacked one back at Strem, who managed to duck out of the way, scoring both runners. The pitcher forced a grounder for the second out before classmate righty Justin Dunn relieved him. Dunn forced a fly ball for the third out.
BC scored its only run in the ninth with lefty Brett Lisle on the mound. Cronin, Sciortino and Hinchliffe loaded the bases on two walks and a hit by pitch with two outs. Hernandez drew a walk with the bases loaded to plate Cronin. Virginia brought in RHP Alec Bettinger to close out the game, striking out the final out.