Baseball Earns First ACC Win of 2012
March 23, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team upset No. 14 Georgia Tech, 15-7, for its first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the season at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Shea Field on Friday afternoon. The Eagles (8-12, 1-6 ACC) outhit the Yellow Jackets (14-8, 3-4 ACC), 19-12, tallying the most hits since they recorded 20 against Quinnipiac in a 13-10 victory on April 28, 2009.
The BC bats came alive as the Maroon & Gold recorded three doubles and four home runs, marking the first time the Eagles hit four bombs since April 11, 2009 in a 23-2 win over Wake Forest. Sophomore John Hennessy, who went 2-for-3 on the day, recorded his first career homer, while seniors Spenser Payne and Anthony Melchionda and sophomore Tom Bourdon also went yard. Junior Matt Paré led the way in hitting, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk, while freshman Blake Butera also tallied three hits in five at bats. Melchionda and Payne tallied a team-high three RBIs apiece.
Sophomore RHP Eric Stevens (3-1) tied a career high with seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched. He allowed 10 hits, seven runs, six earned, and only walked one in his third win of the season. Freshman reliever LHP Tyler Hinchliffe went 2.1 innings, allowed only two hits and struck out four without giving up a walk or run. Classmate Geoffrey Murphy, a righty, pitched the ninth and struck out two in a 1-2-3 inning.
Tech's RHP Buck Farmer (4-2) went 4.1 innings, allowed 14 hits and 11 runs, struck out three and walked three in his second loss of the season.
The two teams tallied a total of eight runs in the first three innings, scoring in every half inning. The Yellow Jackets took an early 1-0 lead on a two-out single by Zane Evans, scoring Brandon Thomas, who had singled and moved to third on Jake Davies's two-out base hit. Bourdon tied the game on the first pitch in the bottom of the inning, launching his sixth home run over the right-field fence.
Georgia Tech regained the lead in the second on a one-out solo shot by Mott Hyde. Stevens recorded all three outs on Ks. The Eagles didn't wait long to score and take the lead in the bottom of the inning. Junior Rob Moir drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the second and with one outs, Hennessy crushed one over the right-field fence, giving BC a 2-1 lead.
The two teams continued to battle, as the Jackets tied the game in the third when Sam Dove singled to left and moved up to third on a wild pitch and a passed ball. With two outs, he came home on a fielding error by third baseman Hennessy. Stevens again ended the inning with a K, as the Ramblin' Wreck left runners on the corners.
BC followed through by scoring two runs on four hits to take a 5-3 lead. Lawrence and McGovern started things off with back-to-back singles and while Payne grounded into a double play, Lawrence moved to third and then scored on a double Moir laced to center. Paré then drove him in on a single up the middle as Moir hustled around the bases.
The Eagles broke open the game in the fifth, jumping out to a 12-3 advantage and scoring seven runs on five hits. Payne started it off with a double down the left-field line and Moir kept it going with a single to right. Paré plated Payne on a single through the right side and Hennessy loaded the bases when he attempted a sac bunt and reached when Tech tried to get lead runner Moir, but he beat the throw. Butera singled to score one, then Melchionda singled scoring Hennessy and Paré. Right-hander reliever Clay Dalton came in to reliever Farmer and Lawrence drew a four-pitch walk to reload the bases. Butera then scored on a wild pitch to give the Eagles a 10-3 lead. A hit by pitch, a fielder's choice and a walk scored the final three runs of the inning.
The Wreck put together a four-run sixth to make a run, as Hyde singled to score Daniel Palka, who hit a lead-off double, with one out. Connor Winn then plated Hyde, who had moved up to second on a wild pitch, on a single up the middle. Thomas tripled to deep center to score the next GT run and Dove singled off new pitcher Hinchliffe to bring the final Tech run in.
Melchionda hit his fourth homer of the season in the sixth with two outs. The Eagles completed the scoring barrage in the seventh with two runs, as Payne tallied his second home run of the season with junior Matt McGovern on base, who singled to start the inning.
The Eagles and Yellow Jackets wrap up the series on Saturday, March 24 with a doubleheader beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sunday's game was moved due to impending bad weather.