March 17, 2012
Clemson, S.C. - The Boston College baseball team lost its second game to No. 23 Clemson, 6-3, on Saturday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Eagles (6-10, 0-5 ACC) scored two runs of a home run, but could not catch the Tigers (8-8, 2-3 ACC), who outhit BC, 11-4.
Junior RHP Hunter Gordon (1-1) registered his first loss, going 5.1 innings, allowing nine hits and five runs while walking five and striking out two. Clemson's RHP Dominic Leone (3-1) tallied the win, as he allowed only one hit in 5.2 innings pitched, giving up two runs, four walks and striking out one.
Sophomore Nate LaPointe hit his first home run of the season, which came in the second inning. Classmate Tom Bourdon did not record a hit in the game, but walked in his first at bat. The centerfielder has reached safely in nine straight games.
Clemson tallied a two-out run in the first to take an early 1-0 lead when Richie Shaffer doubled to left and Phil Pohl drove him in on a single through the left side. Gordon ended the inning with a swinging strikeout.
The Eagles took a 2-1 lead half an inning later as LaPointe smashed his first home run of the season into the left-field bleachers with senior Spenser Payne on first, who drew a lead-off walk.
The Tigers regained the lead, tallying four run in the bottom of the inning. With the bases loaded on two walks and a single, Thomas Brittle singled to right, just past the diving freshman second baseman Blake Butera to score one. Steve Wilkerson plated the next run on a single to center and Shaffer drew a based-loaded, one-out walk to bring home another run. Pohl followed with a single to left to give Clemson a 5-2 lead before Gordon forced two flyouts to get out of the inning.
BC got out of a jam in the sixth as Wilkerson doubled down the first-base line and with one out, Gordon intentionally walked Shaffer. Senior right-hander Kyle Prohovich
relieved Gordon and walked one to load the bases, but forced a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning unscathed.
Brad Felder tacked on one run to give the Tigers a 6-2 lead with a two-out solo shot in the seventh off freshman reliever RHP John Gorman.
With two down in the ninth, junior pinch hitter Rob Moir came through for the Eagles, tripling to center. Sophomore John Hennessy drove him in on a single to right, recording BC's third run.
The two teams wrap up the series on Sunday, March 18 with an 11:30 a.m. start time.