March 16, 2013
Atlanta, Ga. - The Boston College baseball team dropped an 11-3 decision to ninth-ranked Georgia Tech on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium. The two teams hit six home runs, but the Yellow Jackets (16-2, 4-1 ACC) tallied four, while the Eagles (3-14, 0-5 ACC) tallied two solo shots, propelling the Ramblin' Wreck to clinch the conference series.
Sophomore right-hander John Gorman (1-3) went four innings, allowed eight hits and six runs - all earned. He did not walk a batter and struck out four. Freshman left-hander Jesse Adams pitched 3.1 innings of relief, gave up four runs, two walks and struck out a career-high five.
Georgia Tech's starter RHP Dusty Isaacs (3-1) gave up just four hits, two runs - both earned - and two walks while striking out six in his seven innings of work.
Freshman Chris Shaw and senior Matt Paré tallied back-to-back home runs in the fourth to pull the Eagles within one. It marked the first time the Eagles hit back-to-back homers since current sophomore Blake Butera and junior Tom Bourdon did the same thing on March 7, 2012 at FAU.
Sophomore Travis Ferrick was 2-for-4 with an RBI and the only Eagle to tally more than one hit on the day. They were outhit, 14-6, by the Wreck.
The Yellow Jackets scored first, tallying two runs in the first. Kyle Wren led off with a single, advanced to second on an errant throw over from Gorman and moved up 90 feet on a groundout. Brandon Thomas drove him in on a base hit. Thomas came around to score from first on a triple to left center by Zane Evans with two outs. Gorman ended the inning with a strikeout.
GT's Matt Gonzalez made it a 3-0 game hitting the first pitch he saw over the centerfield fence in the second. Gorman settled in and got the next three batters in order, including striking out two.
The Eagles got their first hits of the game and cut the lead, 3-2, in the fourth. With two outs, Shaw crushed his second home run of the year over the right center-field fence. Paré, the very next batter, went yard for his first homer of the season, to cut the lead to one. Freshman Joe Cronin and Ferrick followed with base hits, but Tech's third baseman snagged junior Nate LaPointe's liner out of the air to keep the Eagles' scoring at two.
Daniel Spingola made it a 4-2 game with a sacrifice fly to left in the bottom of the inning, scoring Gonzalez, who singled, stole second and moved up to third on a fly to center.
In the fifth, Gorman put runners on first and third with a hit batter and a single to left center. Adams came on in relief and after getting the first out looking, he gave up a three-run bomb over the left-field fence to Evans, making it a 7-2 Georgia Tech lead. He retired the final two batters of the inning with another K looking and a groundout to third.
Adams pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh, but gave up the eighth run in the eighth. Gonzalez singled, stole second and went to third on a throwing error by catcher LaPointe. Mott Hyde doubled down the third-base line to make it an 8-2 game. Wren homered over the wall in right to increase the lead and with freshman righty John Nicklas pitching, Sam Dove homered to make it 11-2. Nicklas gave up a single before sitting the next two batters down on strikeouts.
The Eagles got one back in the ninth as junior pinch hitter Jimmy Dowdell tallied an infield single on a chopper to second, Cronin drew a walk and Ferrick battled reliever Sam Clay for nine pitches to smack one back up the middle to score Dowdell. LaPointe nearly beat the throw to first on slow roller to second, but tallied the second out. Freshman Gabriel Hernandez earned his second walk to load the bases but Clay got junior John Hennessy swinging to end the game.`
Teams wrap up the series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. start.