Baseball Drops Series Finale to Wake Forest
March 22, 2014
Smithfield, R.I. - The Boston College baseball team was shut out, 8-0, by Wake Forest in the deciding game of the series on Saturday afternoon at Conaty Park. The Eagles (7-14, 1-8 ACC) earned the first win of the series, but the Demon Deacons (15-10, 5-4 ACC) took the next two.
The last time the Eagles were shut out was on May 3, 2013 in a pitchers' duel with Virginia Tech in Chestnut Hill. The Hokies earned the 1-0 victory in 12 innings.
Wake outhit BC, 6-4, and both team left eight men on base. The Eagles pitching staff surrendered 11 walks and hit one batter.
Freshman Michael Strem tallied his first career hit in a pinch-hitting role, doubling down the left-field line in left. Redshirt sophomore Nick Colucci tripled in the fifth for the first three-bagger of his career.
Sophomore right-handed starter Jeff Burke (0-2) shouldered the loss, throwing 4.1 innings, allowing three hits, five runs, five walks and striking out one.
Wake starter RHP Connor Kaden (2-2) earned the win, throwing seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and one walk. He struck out two. John McCarren and Max Tishman completed the shutout, each walking a batter, while Tishman struck out three.
The Demon Deacons started the scoring with two runs in the third. The first run came after Burke walked four straight batters. Then with the bases loaded, Charlie Morgan hit one to center, which senior Tom Bourdon made a diving catch, but the ball came loose. One run came in, but the Eagles were able to get the out at second. Burke forced a groundout to end the inning.
Wake added another run in the fourth as Conor Keniry drew a walk to start the inning, stole second and tagged up to advance to third with one out. Nate Mondou hit a sacrifice fly to right to make it a 3-0 lead. Burke tallied another groundout to get out of the inning.
The Deacons added two more in the fifth off a bases-clearing double by Matt Conway to make it a 5-0 game. With runners at the corners and no outs, Grant Shambley grounded one to third. Freshman Johnny Adams threw home to get the tag out at the plate for the first out. Senior left-hander Steve Green entered the game and got the second out swinging before Conway hit one to the wall in right, bringing in both base runners. Green forced a fly ball to get out of the inning.
Sophomore left-handed reliever Jesse Adams got the Eagles out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth. After freshman righty Bobby Skogsbergh walked the lead-off batter, freshman catcher Nick Sciortino picked him off at first for the first out. A single and two walks loaded the bases. Adams entered the game and forced a popup before ending the inning on a strikeout. He retired the side in order in the seventh, striking out two more.
With sophomore right-hander John Nicklas on in relief, the Demon Deacons picked up two more runs in the eighth. They loaded the bases on two walks and a hit by pitch with one out. Nicklas walked in one run and Shambley hit a sac fly to right to make it 7-0. Nicklas got a pop up in the infield to get out of the inning.
Conway led off the ninth with a double to center and moved to third when Nicklas forced a groundout. Freshman RHP Justin Dunn entered the game and Will Craig flied to center, allowing Conway to tag up and score the Deacons' eighth run. Dunn ended the inning with a fly out to right.
The Eagles return to action on Tuesday, March 25 with a 3 p.m. home game against Northeastern.