March 18, 2012
Clemson, S.C. - The Boston College baseball team lost the third game of the series, 5-1, to No. 23 Clemson on Sunday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Eagles (6-11, 0-6 ACC) outhit the Tigers (9-8, 3-3 ACC), 11-10, but left 11 runners on base.
Sophomore Tom Bourdon was 3-for-5 on the day, coming up with three doubles for BC. He scored the only Eagle run on an RBI by senior Anthony Melchionda. Freshman Blake Butera was 2-for-3 on the day.
Sophomore RHP Matt Alvarez (1-3) registered the loss, pitching three innings, allowing five runs, six hits and two walks. He struck out three. Junior RHP Taylor Lasko went 3.2 innings in relief. He did not allow a run or walk, gave up only three hits and struck out two. Senior Nate Bayuk also did not give up a run in his 1.1 innings of relief, allowing one hit and striking out three.
Clemson's Kevin Pohle (3-1) tallied the win, as he allowed seven hits and only one run in 6.2 innings of work. He did not walk any Eagles and struck out five.
The Eagles recorded lead-off doubles in the first three innings of play, as Bourdon hit two and junior Rob Moir tallied one. All the runs in the game were scored in the first three innings as well, as BC tallied one in the first and Clemson got all five in the third.
To start the game, Bourdon doubled to left center on the first pitch; he has now reached safely in 10 straight games. Butera moved him over on a sacrifice bunt and Melchionda drove him in on a single past the diving shortstop to give BC the 1-0 lead.
Clemson took the lead in the bottom of the third, scoring their five. Steve Wilkerson led off with a single and stole second. Richie Shaffer plated him on a single through the left side. Runners on first and second moved into scoring position on a wild pitch and Brad Felder drove one home with a single to right. A walk loaded the bases for Joe Costigan, who singled up the middle to score two more, giving the Tigers their fourth run. Tyler Slaton laced one past senior first baseman Spenser Payne to give Clemson a 5-1 lead before the Eagles could get out of the inning.
BC threatened in the seventh with two outs as Bourdon tallied his third double to right center off reliever Joseph Moorefield and Butera followed with a chop, infield single off new reliever Scott Firth. Firth got Melchionda to pop up to end the inning with runners on the corners.
The Eagles also tried to rally in the ninth as junior pinch hitter Matt McGovern led off with a single through the right side and sophomore John Hennessy drew a walk. Bourdon grounded into a double play, but Butera drew a two-out walk to put runners on the corners again. Melchionda struck out swinging after battling in a nine-pitch at bat.
Boston College opens its home season with a midweek game against Holy Cross on Tuesday, March 20 at 3 p.m. at Pellagrini Diamond at Shea Field.