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Baseball Falls, 7-4, In Game One Against Duke

Bayuk made his 100th career appearance.

Bayuk made his 100th career appearance.

March 30, 2013

Box Score

Durham, N.C. - The Boston College baseball team fell, 7-4, to Duke in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Eagles (3-21, 0-10 ACC) narrowed the gap to one, but could not overtake the Blue Devils (15-13, 5-6 ACC).

Junior right-hander Eric Stevens (0-6) tallied the loss, pitching six innings and allowing six hits, five runs - three earned - five walks and striking out one. Graduate student left Nate Bayuk made his 100th career appearance in the seventh, allowing a hit, and striking out one.

Senior Matt Paré went 3-for-4 with two runs. The catcher also caught a runner stealing. Junior John Hennessy turned in a 2-for-4 performance in the first game.

Duke's right-handed starter Drew Van Orden (2-3) earned the win, going 5.2 innings, allowing six hits, three runs - all earned - and three walks. He struck out five. Righty Andrew Istler earned his sixth save, pitching the final two innings, allowing one hit, one run, no walks and three Ks.

BC jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first as sophomore Blake Butera drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a base hit to center by Hennessy. Junior Tom Bourdon laced one back up the middle to score Butera.

Duke retaliated in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs to take the lead. Andy Perez walked to start the inning and Jeff Kremer chopped a single to second to put runners on the corners. Grant McCabe laid down a bunt to plate Perez. Jordan Betts doubled down the right-field line to score Kremer and he scored on base hit RBI from Mark Lumpa after advancing to third on an error and fielder's choice.

The Blue Devils added a run in the fifth after Stevens retired the side in the fourth on three ground balls. Kremer was hit by a pitch and moved all the way to third on Stevens' errant throw to the bag on a pick-off attempt. McCabe hit an RBI single to make it a 4-1 game.

The Eagles got two in the sixth with two outs to make it a one-run game. Paré doubled to center and moved to third on a wild pitch. Senior Matt McGovern drew a walk to put runners on the corners. McGovern moved to second on another wild pitch and freshman Logan Hoggarth drove in Paré when he knocked one back to Van Orden, who could only redirect the ball. With new pitcher Nick Hendrix on the mound, freshman Chris Shaw smoked one down the right-field line for a ground-rule double to score McGovern and close the gap, 4-3.

Duke regained the three-run lead in the seventh, scoring two. With the bases loaded, one out and Bayuk on the mound, Matt Berezo laced one to left to score two. Bayuk got the next batter looking and sophomore right-hander John Gorman came in to end the inning with another K looking.

The Eagles scored one back in the eighth with Istler on the mound. Paré led off with a single and moved to third on a wild pitch and a balk. McGovern drove him in with a groundout to second. The Blue Devils got the run back in the bottom of the inning as Kenny Koplove led off with a double and Kremer drove him in with a one-out two-bagger.

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