March 30, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team took the first game of the doubleheader against Maryland, 10-3, at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Shea Field on Friday afternoon. The Eagles (11-14, 3-7 ACC) outhit the Terrapins (17-10, 2-8 ACC), 13-8.
Sophomore RHP Eric Stevens (4-1) earned the win, going 5.2 innings, allowing just five hits, two runs and two walks, while striking out five. Freshman righty John Gorman pitched the last 3.1 innings of relief, giving up just three hits, one run, two walks and he struck out four.
Junior Matt McGovern led the way in hitting for the Eagles, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Senior Andrew Lawrence recorded his first home run of the season in large fashion, hitting a grand slam in the first inning. In all, he tallied five RBIs in the game.
RHP Brady Kirkpatrick (1-4) shouldered the loss for the Terps, pitching just one inning, allowing three hits, five runs - four earned - one walk and he struck out all three outs of the inning. Jamie Pashuck recorded the most innings for Maryland, going 3.2, giving up three hits, no runs, two walks and he struck out four.
Maryland tallied the first run of the game in the first, scoring on a base hit by KJ Hockaday, scoring Jordan Hagel, who had singled and advanced on a groundout.
The Eagles fired back, score five in the bottom of the inning. Sophomore Tom Bourdon made it to third when centerfielder Korey Wacker missed played his fly ball and after sophomore Blake Butera drew a four-pitch walk, McGovern drove him in on a single to right to tie the game. Senior Anthony Melchionda was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Lawrence launched one over the right-field fence to put the Eagles on top, 5-1.
BC scored another run in the second as Bourdon led off with a base hit and moved to second on a balk. Butera reached on a bunt single, and McGovern tallied his second RBI with a single up the middle.
The Eagles added three to their lead in the fifth. Butera struck out but reached on a wild pitch. McGovern moved him to third on a double to right and Melchionda plated him on a single to center. Lawrence hit a grounder to second to plate McGovern and reached when second baseman Kyle Convissar could not field the ball cleanly. After a pitching change for Pashuck, junior Rob Moir singled through the right side for BC's third run of the inning, give the Eagles the 9-1 lead.
Maryland's Hockaday got one back to the sixth with a lead-off solo home run to left. The Terps added another run in the seventh with two outs as Hagel doubled to left and Hockaday drove him in on a single to right, cutting the lead to 9-3.
BC scored one more in the eighth on a sac fly by sophomore John Hennessy, scoring Moir, who singled and advanced to third on a double by Melchionda.