March 28, 2010
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior Pat Dean and Duke's Dennis O'Grady went toe-to-toe on the mound, but Dean allowed just one run in a complete game effort to lead the Boston College baseball team to a 2-1 win in the series finale against the Blue Devils Sunday at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.
Dean started the game by pitching 3.1 innings of perfect baseball. Duke got its lone run in the fourth inning when it pieced together three singles. Dean then went on to retire 10-straight hitters from the fifth to eighth innings.
The Naugatuck, Conn. native only needed 92 pitches in his 9.0 innings of work and 64 of them were strikes. He scattered six hits and struck out two while not issuing a walk. Only one runner outside of the fourth inning reached scoring position.
It was the second complete game of his career with the other coming at Stetson last season on February 21.
Duke's O'Grady was equal to the task as he went the distance as well. He allowed two runs in the fourth inning and put up zeros in every other frame. He allowed eight hits and struck out six without giving up a walk.
Neither pitcher allowed an extra base hit.
Junior Matt Hamlet went 3-for-4 for BC (10-13, 3-6 ACC) with a run scored and sophomore Anthony Melchionda added two hits. Freshman Matt Watson tied the game with a single and scored the winning run when senior Mike Sudol provided the game-winning hit.
After Dean was perfect the first time through the Duke order, the Blue Devils put together three hits in the top of the fourth to score their run. Ryan McCurdy notched the first hit with a single up the middle. After the second out was recorded, Jeremy Gould and Jake Lemmerman both hit singles for the run.
The Eagles responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half to take the 2-1 lead. Hamlet led off with a single and got into scoring position when he stole second with one out. With two outs, Watson came up with another big hit, this time an RBI single to center to tie the game.
Melchionda kept the inning going with a single and then Sudol pulled a 2-2 pitch to right for an RBI single and what would prove to be the game-winning run.
Gould went 2-for-4 at the plate for Duke (14-9, 3-6) and Lemmerman had its RBI.
The Eagles are back in action on Tuesday when it makes the short trip to Northeastern for a 3 p.m. contest.