Baseball Walks Off Versus Connecticut
April 1, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team earned a 2-1 victory against Connecticut at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field on Tuesday afternoon. The Eagles (8-18) tallied the win in walk-off fashion, defeating the Huskies (12-13) in the bottom of the ninth.
Freshman Michael Strem, who made his first career start in the field, began the ninth with a single to center. Classmate Nick Sciortino moved him into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt down the first-base line. With two outs, junior Blake Butera knocked a hard-hit grounder to UConn shortstop Aaron Hill, who could not come up with the ball, allowing Strem to round third and cross the plate as winning run.
Redshirt freshman right-hander Luke Fernandes (1-1) earned his first collegiate win, pitching 3.1 innings of scoreless relief. He allowed just one hit without a walk and struck out two. Freshman right-hander Mike King threw five scoreless innings as the starter, allowing five hits, two walks and he struck out two.
Connecticut's starter RHP Andrew Zapata also threw five innings, allowed one hit, one run, which was unearned, walked six and struck out two. Lefty David Mahoney (1-1) shouldered the loss, pitching the ninth and giving up one hit, one unearned run and struck out one.
In the fourth, King got out of a jam as the Huskies loaded the bases on two hits and an error. Connor David hit one back at the righty, who threw home for the force out at the plate and catcher Sciortino made the double play with the throw onto first. A fly ball got the Eagles out of the inning.
UConn got on the board in the sixth with sophomore lefty Jesse Adams on the hill. Bobby Melley led off the inning with a walk and moved around to third on a one-out double by David. After Adams tallied the second out with a swinging K, Melley scored on a wild pitch. Fernandes entered the game with two outs and runners on the corners, but got Jack Sunderg looking to get out of the inning.
The Eagles evened the score in the bottom of the inning as sophomores Joe Cronin and Chris Shaw tallied BC's first hits of the game. Cronin led off with a single through the left side and with new pitcher righty Patrick Ruotolo on the hill, Shaw tallied a base hit to center. Senior Tom Bourdon laid down a bunt but Ruotolo overthrew the first-base bag, allowing Cronin to come around to score and make it a 1-1 game.
The Eagles return to action on Wednesday, April 2, hosting Massachusetts at Pellagrini Diamond at 3 p.m.