Baseball Takes Game Two in 12 Innings
March 31, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Freshman Blake Butera hit his second walk-off single of the season, propelling the Boston College baseball team to a 5-4, 12th-inning win over Maryland on Saturday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Shea Field.
The Eagles (12-14, 4-7 ACC) and the Terrapins (17-11, 2-9 ACC) picked up the game after it was halted before the top of the 10th on Friday evening due to darkness. BC is now 2-0 in extra innings in 2012 and has won the series against Maryland every year since joining the ACC in 2006.
Freshman left-hander Nick Poore (2-0) pitched all three innings for the Eagles, coming away with the win. He allowed only one hit, did not walk a batter and struck out two.
The two teams battled through two and a half scoreless. In the bottom of the 12th, junior Matt Paré drew a lead-off walk and with one out, sophomore Tom Bourdon singled to center for his second base hit of extras. Freshman Travis Ferrick came in to run for Paré and crossed the plate on Butera's base hit to right.
Maryland reliever LHP Jimmy Reed (0-1) pitched 4.1 innings of relief, taking the loss. On Friday, he did not allow a run, hit or walk and recorded one strikeout in two innings. In total, he allowed four hits, two walks, four strikeouts and the game-winning run.
BC had a 4-1 lead over the Terps early in the second game, but Maryland cut away at the three-run lead, scoring one run in the seventh, eighth and ninth to tie it up and send the game into extras. Before the two teams could take the field for the 10th, the contest was halted due to darkness.
The Eagles won their first extra-innings battle of 2012, beating Bryant on Wednesday, 5-3, on a walk-off homer by senior Spenser Payne in the bottom of the ninth. Butera tallied a walk-off single in a 4-3 victory over Georgia Tech on March 24.
Paré was responsible for all four Eagles' runs in the first nine frames, hitting a grand slam in the second inning. It was the second grand slam of the day for BC, as senior Andrew Lawrence tallied one in game one.
Junior starter RHP Taylor Lasko went five innings, allowed only four hits and one unearned run, walked two and struck two out. Senior LHP Nate Bayuk pitched two innings of relief, struck out three, did not allow a walk and gave up a run on two hits. Sophomore RHP Matt Alvarez came in for the ninth and while he didn't surrender a hit, he allowed the tying run and three walks.
Maryland's starter RHP Brett Harman pitched seven innings, allowed nine hits, four runs, two walks and struck out six. After Paré's grand slam, he did not allow another BC run to cross the plate.
The Terrapins tallied one run to start the scoring in the second after a great defensive play by the Eagles. After Tomo Delp reached on a throwing error by senior shortstop Anthony Melchionda, Tim Kiene singled to move his teammate to third. Maryland attempted a squeeze play as Alfredo Rodriguez bunted and Delp came home, but Lasko flipped to catcher Paré for the out at the plate. With Kiene on second, Jack Cleary doubled to left to give Maryland an early, 1-0 lead.
The Eagles took the lead in the second on Paré's grand slam. Melchionda tallied a hard-hit infield single, senior Spenser Payne walked and junior Rob Moir singled to left to load the bases for Paré second home run of the season.
BC attempted to bring home another run in the third, as Melchionda hit a two-out double off the wall in left center and Lawrence followed with a hit to center. Centerfielder Korey Wacker was able to throw Melchionda out at the plate.
Maryland cut the lead to one, scoring one in the seventh and one in the eighth. In the seventh, Jordan Hagel hit a two-out, solo home run over the left-field fence. In the eighth, Delp walked, moved up on a wild pitch and stole third. Michael Montville hit a sac fly to cut the BC lead to 4-3. Senior right-hand reliever Kyle Prohovich ended the inning on a popup to second.
The Terrapins tied the game in the ninth as Alvarez walked the first three batters he faced and Kyle Convissar plated the tying run on a sacrifice fly. Left fielder Lawrence ended the inning with a catch at the warning track.
The Eagles went in order in the ninth to send the game to extras.