Baseball Drop a 12-11 Decision at Northeastern
March 27, 2012
Brookline, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team lost to cross-town rival Northeastern, 12-11, at Friedman Diamond on Tuesday afternoon. The Eagles (9-14) held a four-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth, but a late-game comeback propelled the Huskies (12-7) to the win.
Sophomore left-hander Steve Green started the game and put in 2.2 innings of work, allowing six hits, five runs, two walks and two strikeouts. Senior left-hand reliever Nate Bayuk pitched 1.2 innings of relief, allowing three hits, two runs and struck out two without allowing a walk. Freshman right-hander John Gorman did not allow a run or hit in his 3.1 innings of relief, struck out two and issued one walk. Senior RHP Kyle Prohovich (0-1) shouldered the loss, allowing three hits, two runs and one walk in the ninth.
Northeastern's right-hander Oliver Hart (1-0) recorded the win, pitching 1.2 innings and not allowing a hit, walk or run. He struck out two. Starter RHP Matt Cook went three innings, allowed seven hits and seven runs, walked four and struck out one.
Holding onto an 11-7 lead with right-hand reliever Hinchliffe in, the Huskies rallied in the ninth, loading the bases on three singles. Jason Vosler plated one on a groundout to second and with Prohovich just coming in, Alex McKeon doubled make it a one-run game. John Puttress, who came in as a defensive replacement in the eighth, tied the game with a single to right. The Eagles loaded the bases on an intentional walk, and NU scored the winning run on Prohovich's wild pitch.
The Huskies got on the board first, tallying one run on a sac fly by McKeon in the second inning. With one out, Vosler tripled to the corner in right and scored the first run of the game before Green could end the inning with a swinging strikeout.
The Eagles took the lead in the next half inning on seven runs and five hits. They loaded the bases on back-to-back walks and an infield single. Sophomore Tom Bourdon drew a walk to tie the game and then junior Rob Moir plated the go-ahead run on a single up the middle. Melchionda scored the third run on a single through the left side and moved to second when Bourdon was thrown out at home. Senior Andrew Lawrence scored Moir on a single through the right side and before junior Matt Paré tripled deep center to give the Eagles a 6-1 lead. Gorman, who started his first career game as the designed hitter, finished off the inning with a groundout to second to drive in Paré for the six-run lead.
Northeastern got four runs back in the bottom of the inning. Three straight singles loaded the bases and Matt Miller walked to bring in one run. Jon Leroux hit a sac fly for NU's third run of the game. The bases were reloaded on a hit by pitch and Vosler singled to center to score two more. After Green walked one to load the bases again, Bayuk came on and struck out the final out of the inning.
The Huskies made it a one-run game in the fourth as Michael Foster hit a one-out triple to right and Miller brought him home on NU's third sac fly of the game.
The Eagles fired right back as they scored four in the fifth, tallying two on wild pitches. Hinchliffe recorded a two-out, two-RBI single up the middle to give BC the 11-6 lead. NU got one back in the bottom of the inning with a lead-off triple by Vosler and McKeon's second sac fly of the game.
The Eagles return to Shea Field to host Bryant on Wednesday at 3 p.m. They beat the Bulldogs (11-10) last week, 8-5, in Smithfield, R.I.