Baseball Falls to Duke in Series opener
March 29, 2013
Durham, N.C. - The Boston College baseball team lost to Duke, 13-0, at Durham Bulls Athletic Park to open the three-game series on Friday night. The Blue Devils (14-13, 4-6 ACC) broke open the game in the sixth with an eight-run inning and went on to outhit the Eagles (3-20, 0-9 ACC), 13-4.
Senior right-hander Hunter Gordon (0-3) shouldered the loss. He pitched 5.1 innings, allowed six hits, five runs - three earned - and struck out four. He did not issue a walk. Four relief pitchers took the mound for the Eagles and allowed seven hits, eight runs and five walks in 2.2 innings.
Freshman Joe Cronin was 1-for-1 with a single and three walks, reaching base safely in all four at bats in the lead-off spot. Junior Tom Bourdon was 1-for-4 with a double, the Eagles' only extra-base hit.
Blue Devil starter, left-handed Trent Swart (3-1), pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed just two hits. He walked three and struck out six.
Duke scored two in the first to begin the game. Andy Perez led off with a single and after he stole second, Jeff Kremer plated him with a double off the wall in right center. Kremer moved up to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a sac fly to center to give the Blue Devils a 2-0 lead.
They added a run in the fifth after Gordon had retired six of the last seven batters he faced. Reed Anthes reached on a fielding error by junior third baseman John Hennessy and moved up on a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Kremer lined one to center and Bourdon made a diving catch, but the umpire called a trap and Anthes was able to cross the plate. Gordon ended the inning by forcing a groundout.
Duke broke open the game in the sixth, scoring eight runs on six hits and an error to make it an 11-0 game. With the bases loaded, sophomore lefty Nick Poore on the mound and one out in the inning, Anthes singled to right to score two. Kenny Koplore flared one to left center, which freshman leftfielder Logan Hoggarth dove for but could not come up with, allowing another run in. Freshman right-hander Jeff Burke relieved Poore and Perez tallied a two-run single and Kremer followed with a RBI base hit of his own to make it 9-0. Sophomore RHP Eric Stone came into the game and got the second out with a strikeout. Jordan Betts answered with a two-run shot over the wall in left to tack on two more.
The Blue Devils added two more in the eighth with junior left-hander Steve Green on the hill. With the bases loaded, Angelo La Bruna drove in two with a single to right. Green got all three outs on Ks.
With rain predicted for Sunday, the teams will wrap up the series on Saturday, March 29 with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. The second game will start 45 minutes after the conclusion of the first.