Baseball Falls to No. 23 Clemson, 6-4
March 16, 2012
Clemson, S.C. - The Boston College baseball team lost to No. 23 Clemson, 6-4, in a hard-fought game at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday night. The Eagles (6-9, 0-4 ACC) climbed within one of the Tigers (7-8, 1-3 ACC) twice, but could not pull ahead.
Three of the Eagles' six hits were home runs as sophomore Tom Bourdon tallied two bombs and senior Anthony Melchionda hit one in the eighth inning. Bourdon went 3-for-5 on the night with three RBIs and Melchionda was 2-for-4.
Sophomore RHP Eric Stevens (2-1) recorded his first loss of the season, allowing seven hits, five runs and three walks, while striking out two in his six innings of work.
Clemson's RHP Kevin Brady (1-1) tallied the win as he went 6.2 innings, allowed five hits, three runs, five walks and struck out nine. He left the game with the Tigers leading, 4-3.
Clemson recorded three runs in the first two innings. In the first, lead-off hitters Steve Wilkerson and Jason Stolz tallied back-to-back doubles down opposite lines to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Spencer Kieboom led off the second with a walk and scored on Brad Felder's home run that hit off the top of the right-center fence, putting CU up 3-0.
The Eagles threatened in the fourth as Lawrence laced a one-out single through the left side. He moved into scoring position on a wild pitch and senior Spencer Payne drew a walk to put runners on first and second. With two down, both runners moved up on another wild pitch, but Brady was able to get junior Matt Paré swinging after an eight-pitch at bat to leave them stranded.
Bourdon recorded a two-out solo shot in the fifth to tally the Eagles' first run, cutting the lead to 3-1. It marked his fourth of the season, as he leads BC.
After recording two quick outs in the bottom of the fifth, Stolz drew a walk off Stevens and Richie Shaffer singled up the middle to put runners on the corners. Shortstop Melchionda stole a hit from Phil Pohl, ranging to his left, and made the play at first on a jump and throw to keep the Tigers from scoring in the inning.
Clemson got one back in the sixth when Jon McGibbon and Kieboom hit back-to-back singles through the right side and Dominic Attanasio drove McGibbon in on a groundout to short. The Eagles recorded the second out when Stevens' pickoff attempt got away and Attanasio tried to go all the way to third. First baseman Payne threw to sophomore third baseman John Hennessy for the tag out. Stevens tallied the last out on a strikeout looking, and the Tigers ended the inning with a 4-1 lead.
Bourdon blasted his second home run in the sixth, also with two outs. Freshman Blake Butera collected a two-out base-on-balls and Bourdon smashed one into the right-center bleachers to cut the Clemson lead to one, 4-3.
The Tigers added one in the seventh as Thomas Brittle led off with an infield single. In relief, sophomore lefty Steve Green recorded two quick outs on defensive snags by Hennessy and Melchionda, allowing Brittle to reach third. He came home on a wild pitch before a fly ball ended the inning.
Melchionda cut the lead to 5-4 as he started the eighth with his second home run of the season, smashing one to left.
After tallying the first out in the eighth, Green walked the next two batters and freshman righty Geoffrey Murphy came to face a right-handed pinch hitter. Clemson head coach Jack Leggett went to his bench again and put in lefty Joe Costigan to face Murphy. Costigan doubled to right center, to score one more for the Tigers before Murphy could tally the final two outs, padding the CU lead, 6-4.
The two teams return on Saturday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. for the second game of the series.