Baseball's Late Rally Falls Short at Northeastern
March 26, 2013
Brookline, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team dropped a 4-2 decision to crosstown-rival Northeastern on Tuesday afternoon at Friedman Diamond. The Eagles' (3-18) ninth-inning rally fell short and the Huskies (12-11) took the win.
Freshman lefty Austin Solecitto (0-2) went three innings in his second career start. He allowed three hits, two runs - both earned - three walks and struck out two. Senior right-handed reliever Hunter Gordon came on in relief and pitched three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and retiring the first six batters he faced, nine of the 10 total. He struck out one and did not surrender a walk.
Junior Tom Bourdon went 2-for-4 on the afternoon while sophomore Blake Butera turned in a 1-for-4 performance with an RBI. He led off the sixth with a double to extend his hit streak to a season-long seven games, which ties Bourdon for the longest run of the year for the Eagles. Freshman Chris Shaw recorded the Eagles' other RBI of the game.
Northeastern's left-handed starter Isaac Lippert (2-0) pitched seven scoreless innings, allowed four hits and one walk while striking out four. Right-hander Mike Fitzgerald tallied his third save of the year, pitching the ninth.
With Maki on the mound and BC trailing, 4-1, the Eagles looked to make a comeback, scoring one run and loading the bases with two outs, but NU centerfielder Connor Lyons made a diving catch in the gap to end the game and give the Huskies the second win of the year against the Eagles.
The Huskies took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first after Aaron Barbosa led off with a triple. John Puttress drew a walk and Jason Voseler drove Barbosa in with a double to right. Rob Fronseca hit a sac fly to make it a two-run lead before Solecitto forced a fly out and a strikeout to get out of the inning.
NU added a run in the seventh with sophomore lefty Nick Poore on the mound. Michael Foster doubled to left with a man on first, but junior leftfielder Jimmy Dowdell assisted on the throw home to tag out the runner from first. Foster moved to third on an infield single and scored on an RBI groundout by Puttress.
The Eagles got one in the top of the eighth as freshman Joe Cronin led off with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Junior John Hennessy hit a slow grounder to move his teammate up 90 feet and Butera drove him in with a ground out up the middle to make it a 3-1 game.
The Huskies made it a 4-1 game in the bottom of the frame. Lyons started the inning with a triple to center and scored with one down on Josh Treff's base hit.
In the ninth, Bourdon led with a base hit and Shaw drove him in with a double to center. Freshman pinch hitter Stephen Sauter drew a four-pitch, one-out walk and after Maki recorded his second strikeout of the inning, Cronin knocked a hard single to left to load the bases. Hennessy laced one to the gap in left center, but Lyons closed in quickly and made the diving grab to end the game.
The Eagles will travel to Bryant tomorrow, March 27 for a 3:30 p.m. matchup against the Bulldogs.