Baseball Drops Series Opener at No. 9 Georgia Tech
March 15, 2013
Atlanta, Ga. - The Boston College baseball team fell, 12-5, to ninth-ranked Georgia Tech on Friday evening at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Eagles (3-13, 0-4 ACC) took an early 2-0 lead and after a tie and three lead changes, the Yellow Jackets (15-2, 3-1 ACC) came out on top.
Junior RHP Eric Stevens (0-4) went 5.1 innings, allowing 11 hits, six runs - all earned - three walks and struck out four. Freshman Joe Cronin was 3-for-4 with a double three RBIs, tallying game highs in his young career.
Tech's RHP Buck Farmer (4-0) pitched six innings, gave up eight hits, five runs - all earned - three walks and struck out seven. The Eagles tallied the most runs off the righty starter on the year as he came in with a 0.33 ERA.
BC was the first to get on the board, tallying a run in the first. With one down, junior John Hennessy drew a four-pitch walk and moved up to third on a base hit to center by classmate Tom Bourdon. Freshman Logan Hoggarth chopped one to short and Bourdon's slide broke up the double play, allowing Hennessy to cross the plate.
BC added another run as senior Matt Paré sent a double to right in the second and with two outs, Cronin drove him in with a two-bagger of his own to the corner in right. The Jackets cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning when Matt Gonzales singled to center with one out and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. Two straight infield singles to second made it a 2-1 game.
The Ramblin' Wreck took the lead in the fifth with a two-run jack by Zane Evans. Stevens struck out two and got a fly out to end the inning and the Eagles came back in the sixth to regain the lead, scoring three to go up, 5-4. With two outs, freshman Stephen Sauter singled and Paré walked to put two on. Sophomore Travis Ferrick nailed a base hit to right center to plate Sauter and Cronin came through with a scorcher past the diving first baseman. Paré and Ferrick, who had advanced to second on a wild pitch, crossed the plate to put BC on top.
Tech retook the lead in the bottom of the inning, going up, 6-5, as Daniel Spingola singled and headed to third on base hit to left by Kyle Wren. Wren was thrown out trying to take second, but Sam Dove's chopper over third baseman Hennessy's head allowed Spingola to tie the game. With runners on the corners and one out, sophomore left-hander Nick Poore came in to relieve Stevens. Daniel Palka singled, scoring the go-ahead run. Poore got a fly out and ended the inning by catching the runner at second trying to take third.
The Jackets added two in the seventh and four in the eighth. In the seventh, Evans doubled to lead off the inning and with freshman righty John Nicklas on the mound, Spingola drove his teammate in with a base hit. Graduate student LHP Nate Bayuk entered the game with runners on the corners and Wren hit a sacrifice fly to left. Bayuk ended the inning by forcing a groundout to short. Junior LHP Steve Green pitched the eighth and got two quick outs, but the Wreck strung together a walk and two singles to plate a run and after allowing a second free pass, sophomore RHP Eric Stone came in. He walked two with the bases loaded and threw a wild pitch to score three. Leftfielder Hoggarth made a diving catch to get the Eagles out of the inning.
The two teams meet again on Saturday, March 16 at 4 p.m. for the second game of the series.