Baseball Falls, 2-1, in Ninth to No. 3 Virginia in Nightcap
March 15, 2014
Charlottesville, Va. - The Boston College baseball team dropped the second game of the doubleheader to No. 3 Virginia, 2-1, in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday evening at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers (15-3, 5-1 ACC) took all three games of the series against the Eagles (6-12, 0-6 ACC).
The Eagles fell, 3-2, in 12 innings in the first game of the day, leading 2-1 until the eighth when the Hoos tied the game.
Sophomore Gabriel Hernandez was 2-for-4 with his first career triple, along with an RBI. The two hits extended his career-long hit streak to six games.
Sophomore right-hander Jeff Burke pitched a career-high 6.1 innings, allowed nine hits, but only one run, two walks and struck out two. Senior right-hander Eric Stevens (0-3) took the loss, pitched the final 1.2 innings, did not give up a hit, walked two, struck out one and allowed in the game-winning run.
UVA starting lefty Brandon Waddell also pitched 6.1 innings, allowed six hits, one run, two walks and struck out four. Righty Whit Mayberry (1-1) earned the win, throwing 2.2 scoreless and hitless innings, walking one and striking out five.
After Virginia scored in the first, BC tied the game in the third. The two teams battled back and forth until the bottom of the ninth, when UVA loaded the bases on a walk, hit by pitch and an error. The Eagles opted for a fifth infielder with no outs, but Mike Papi hit a grounder to senior first baseman John Hennessy, who bobbled the hard-hit grounder, making his throw to the plate late and allowing in the winning run.
The Cavs tallied a run in the first to take an early lead before the Eagles could counter. Branden Cogswell led off with a double just fair inside the left-field line and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Papi drove him in with a sacrifice fly to left.
The Eagles answered in the third with a run of their own as freshman Nick Sciortino began the inning with a double down the right-field line and redshirt freshman Nick Colucci moved him into scoring position with a sacrifice. Hernandez plated him with an RBI single to right center.
BC threatened in the seventh after Burke kept the Cavaliers at bay. Hennessy and senior Tom Bourdon tallied back-to-back hits to lead off the inning and freshman Johnny Adams moved them into scoring position with a chopper to third. Virginia went to the pen for Mayberry, who forced a fly ball and strikeout to get out of the jam.
Stevens got the Eagles out of a jam in the eighth, coming on in relief of Burke, who issued a one-out walk to start the inning. Stevens retired the second out by way of the K, but base runner Cogswell stole second and moved up to third on a wild pitch. After intentionally walking Papi to put runners on the corners in the tie ballgame, Stevens got Brandon Downes to fly out to center to end the inning.
The Eagles left seven men on base, while the Cavs left on 10. Virginia outhit the Eagles, 9-6.
BC opens its home schedule on Tuesday, March 18 with a 3 p.m. game against Holy Cross at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. Admission is free.