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Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Wake Forest

Cronin tallied the game-winning RBI in game one, his second of 2014.

Cronin tallied the game-winning RBI in game one, his second of 2014.

March 21, 2014

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Brookline, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team earned its first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the 2014 season with a 2-1, walk-off victory against Wake Forest in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday afternoon at Friedman Diamond. The Eagles (7-13, 1-7 ACC) dropped the second game, 6-2, to the Demon Deacons (14-9, 4-4 ACC). The two teams will play the rubber match on Saturday.

In game one, BC went to the bottom of the ninth tied at one. Senior John Hennessy led off with a single and sophomore Chris Shaw followed with a fly ball to right. Wake Forest right fielder Nate Mondon lost the ball in the sun, allowing Hennessy to move all the way to third and Shaw to tally his second hit of the game. Sophomore Joe Cronin came through with a sacrifice fly to center to plate Hennessy and give the Eagles the win.

Sophomore Gabriel Hernandez extended his career-long hit streak to seven games and tallied an RBI, plating the other BC run in the third.

Junior right-handed starter John Gorman went six innings, allowed just two hits, one run, two walks and struck out four. Sophomore righty John Nicklas (1-1) earned the win, pitching a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout. Relievers senior LHP Steve Green and redshirt freshman RHP Luke Fernandes combined for two scoreless innings, allowed four hits, no walks and struck out one.

Wake RHP starter Jack Fischer (2-2) shouldered the loss, going eight innings, allowing five hits, two runs - one earned - one walk and two Ks. Aaron Fossas came in to pitch to Cronin and gave up the sac fly.

Until the bottom of the ninth, the only runs came in the third, as each team scored in the pitchers' duel. In the top of the inning, Mondon led off with a double and moved to third on sacrifice bunt. He scored the Demon Deacons' only run on a wild pitch. Gorman settled in and got a strikeout looking and a groundout to end the inning.

In the bottom of the third, the Eagles evened the score. With freshman Johnny Adams on third, classmate Nick Sciortino hit one back at Fischer. Adams was caught in a rundown between third and home and although he was tagged out, Sciortino was able to reach second. Hernandez singled to right to score Sciortino and tie the game at one.

In the second game, left-handed starter Andrew Chin (2-1) picked up his first loss of the season. He went just three innings, allowed four hits, three runs - two earned - and two walks. Senior RHP Eric Stevens pitched three innings in relief, allowed three hits, three runs - all unearned - and two walks.

Cronin, senior Tom Bourdon and sophomore Stephen Sauter picked up the Eagles' only hits in the game.

Deacons' starter LHP John McLeod (3-1) earned the win, allowing just one hit and one unearned run through seven innings. He walked two, struck out nine and did not give up a hit through 5.1 innings.

Wake got two in the first to take an early lead. Evan Stephens led off with a double and moved to third when Grant Shambley reached on an error. Both scored on a double to right by Charlie Morgan. Stephens scored again in the third as Chin hit him to start the inning. He moved to second on a single by Shambley and to third on sacrifice hit by Morgan. Matt Conway drove him in with a base hit to left.

The Demon Deacons scored two more in the fourth with Stevens on the hill. Jimmy Redovian tallied an infield single and advanced to third on two sacrifice bunts. A fielding error by junior second baseman Blake Butera on Shambley's grounder allowed him to score and make it a 4-0 game. Shambley added a run on Morgan's triple before Stevens forced a grounder to get out of the inning.

Garrett Kelly drew a one-out walk in the sixth and moved to third on a passed ball and wild pitch. After a fly ball, Shambley singled to make it a 6-0 game.

The Eagles got one back in the bottom of the sixth. Redshirt sophomore Geoffrey Murphy reached on an error before Sauter tallied the Eagles' first hit of the game. Hernandez grounded into a double play, landing Murphy on third. Butera grounded to third and the throw pulled the first baseman off the bag, counting Murphy's run.

With right-hander Nate Jones on the mound, the Eagles tried to rally in the ninth, scoring one before the end of the game. With one out, Cronin and redshirt sophomore pinch hitter Tyler Hinchliffe hit back-to-back singles. Bourdon laced one through the right side, allowing Cronin to score. Before the Eagles could put more on the board, Jones forced a double play to give Wake the 6-2 win.

The Eagles and Deacons will finish the series with a 1 p.m. game on Saturday at Bryant University's Conaty Park.

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