March 28, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team won its first extra-innings game of the year, beating Bryant, 5-3, in 10 innings at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Shea Field on Wednesday afternoon. Senior Spenser Payne hit a walk-off, two-run homer to give the Eagles (10-14) their 10th win of the season.
While the Eagles recorded three runs in the first, the Bulldogs (11-11) kept BC off the board for the reminder of the game while scoring three of their own, until Payne's 10th-inning heroics. After a double play, senior Anthony Melchionda singled to right center and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Payne battled from 0-2 to a full count and then launched his third bomb over the left-field fence to give the Maroon and Gold the 5-3 win.
Sophomore John Hennessy led the team with a 2-for-3 performance, tallying one walk, while senior Marc Perdios recorded BC's only other RBI on the day while going 1-for-3. The Eagles outhit the Bulldogs, 10-8.
Sophomore Matt Alvarez (2-3) recorded the win, pitching the 10th, allowing one hit and getting a strike-out-throw-out double play with junior catcher Matt Paré. Freshman righty Eric Stone made his first career appearance and went two innings without allowing a hit or run. He walked one and struck out three while on a pitch count. Freshman right-hander Geoffrey Murphy gave up six hits and three runs in two innings of work; he did not walk a batter and struck out two. Freshman lefty Nick Poore pitched three innings of relief, issuing two walks, one hit and two Ks. Senior RHP Kyle Prohovich bounced back from Tuesday's loss by not allowing a hit, walk or run and getting two strikeouts in two innings of relief work.
Bryant's Salvatore Lisanti (0-2) gave up the winning hit, going 2.1 innings, allowing five hits, two runs and recording one strikeout. Starter Kevin McAvoy pitched two innings, allowed three runs - none earned - three hits, two walks and struck out three.
The Eagles got three in the first as sophomore Tom Bourdon and junior Matt McGovern led off with back-to-back singles and moved into scoring position when the centerfielder Connor Carignan overran McGovern's ball. Bourdon scored on a wild pitch. With two down, junior Rob Moir grounded to second, but David Soltis threw the ball away, plating McGovern and allowing Moir to advance to second. Perdios drove Moir in on a line drive past second, giving BC a 3-0 lead.
The Bulldogs got one back in the third, scoring on an RBI single by Dan Muscatello, who plated Carignan, who had hit a one-out double down the right-field line. They tied the game in the fifth, scoring two as three straight singles loaded the bases. A sac fly by Kevin Brown made it a one-run game and Soltis singled to tie the game at three. Murphy, who was on in relief, ended the winning with a swinging strikeout.
The Eagles start a three-game series with ACC foe Maryland at Shea Field on Friday, March 30 at 2:30 p.m.