March 21, 2012
Smithfield, R.I. - The Boston College baseball team defeated Bryant University, 8-5, on Wednesday afternoon at the Bryant University Baseball Complex in the Bulldogs' (9-9) 2012 home opener. The win broke the Eagles' (7-12) 10-game skid.
The Eagles outhit the Bulldogs, 16-6, tallying four doubles and three stolen bases. Senior Anthony Melchiona and freshman Blake Butera went 3-for-5 to lead the hitting for the Eagles while junior Matt Paré had three RBIs with a home run.
Freshman righty Geoffrey Murphy (1-0) recorded his first collegiate win while senior right-hand reliever Kyle Prohovich tallied his first save of the season. Starter LHP Steve Green went four innings allowed only four hits, two runs, one walk and struck out three. Murphy pitched two innings, allowed one hit and struck out two, without allowing a walk or run. Prohovich pitched the eighth and ninth, did not give up a hit, walk or run and put up two Ks.
Brian O'Neil (0-1) shouldered the loss, going two innings, allowing seven hits, five run, one walk and one strikeout.
The Bulldogs struck first, tallying two runs in the first inning. Dan Muscatello led off with a single up the middle and Kevin Brown doubled to third. With both runners in scoring position, Green threw a wild pitch, scoring Muscatello and advancing Brown to third. David Soltis hit a sac fly to left to bring home the second run and give Bryant a 2-0 lead.
Paré evened the score in the Eagles' next at bat, recording his first home run of the season, with two outs and freshman Travis Ferrick on third after he recorded a lead-off walk.
BC then took the lead in the third, scoring three runs on four hits. Butera doubled down the left-field line to start the inning and advanced to third on a passed ball. Melchionda plated him with a single to right center, giving the Eagles the lead. That chased O'Neil from the game as Trevor Lacosse came in in relief. With one out, junior Rob Moir tallied a sac fly to score Melchionda, who had advanced to third on a single by senior Andrew Lawrence. Paré recorded his third RBI of the day on a middle up the middle, scoring Lawrence, who had stolen second, giving the Eagles the 5-2 lead.
In the sixth, Boston College added two insurance runs as sophomore Tom Bourdon
doubled with two outs and Butera drove him in on a single up the middle. Melchionda tallied his second RBI on a single to left center, scoring Butera, who had moved up to second on a wild pitch.
With the 7-2 lead in the seventh, the Eagles tacked on one more as Ferrick led off with a double to left. Moir single up the middle to score his teammate for his second RBI of the afternoon.
The Bulldogs got three runs back in the eighth to lessen the BC lead. Muscatello started the inning with a single and Bryant loaded the bases on a walk and a wild pitch. Junior reliever Jay Jeannotte threw a wild pitch to bring one home. He reloaded the bases on another base-on-balls and Prohovich came on in relief. Jamie Skagerlind grounded out to first to tally the second run and move the other two runners into scoring position. John Mullen hit a sac fly to cut the lead to 8-5. Prohovich ended the inning with a flyout. He had a quick, 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts to preserve the BC win.
The Eagles return home to take on No. 14 Georgia Tech in a three-game ACC battle on Friday, March 23 at Pellagrini Diamond at Shea Field at 2:30 p.m.