Baseball Topples Hartford, 15-2
March 28, 2004
A trio of Eagles launched three hits apiece to lead the Boston College baseball team to a 15-2 decision over visiting Hartford, Sunday, on opening day at Shea Field. BC has won four-straight games to improve to 7-13 while Hartford dropped to 2-9.
Seniors Garrett Greer (Peabody, Mass.), Ryan Leahy (Salem, Mass.), and Zach Keenan (Danvers, Mass.) each pounded three hits while junior Drew Locke (Weymouth, Mass.)'s 2-for-2 performance produced three RBI for the hosts.
Matt O'Donnell (Marlboro, Mass.) picked up his second win of the season. The senior right-hander threw 90 pitches, 64 of which were strikes, allowing two runs on five hits with only a pair of walks. He fanned six batters.
The Eagles scored in six of eight innings, including four runs through their first two chances. With two outs in the first, BC tallied two off Hartford starting pitcher Jeff Swedberg when Leahy doubled down the left field line to score Locke, then Jason Delaney (Hanson, Mass.) encored by plating Leahy with his first of two hits and two RBI in the game.
Hartford's Brian Eck homered to right center in the top of the second to make it a 2-1 ballgame but in their next opportunity, the Eagles rose again as Greer drove in Zach Keenan, who singled to get aboard, and stole second base; and Drew Locke executed a sacrifice fly to right, bringing home Ryan Morgan (Weymouth, Mass.).
BC posted two runs in both the fourth and fifth frames, and the defense surrendered only one more Hartford run when Eck doubled to get on then advanced on Brian Topp's single before scoring on a wild pitch in the top of the seventh. In the bottom of that inning, BC registered a pair of runs for the 10-2 lead but then exploded for five in the eighth, thanks to pinch hitters Mike Flynn (Trumbull, Conn.) and Jeff Schomaker (Seattle, Wash.), who each drove in two runs, in their only plate appearances. Keenan accounted for the other run driven in by BC.
Swedberg took the loss for Hartford, allowing six runs on seven hits with four strikeouts through 3.1 innings of work. Six Hawk pitchers gave up 15 runs, eight of which were earned, on the day as the Hartford defense was credited with five errors.
BC plays at Northeastern, Tuesday, March 30. Game time is 3 p.m.