Baseball Tallies 7-4 Win Over Connecticut
April 2, 2013
Storrs, Conn. - The Boston College baseball team earned a 7-4 victory over Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field. Freshman Chris Shaw hit the tying home run and then put the Eagles (4-22) on top with a three-run bomb in the ninth inning to defeat the Huskies (16-10).
Sophomore RHP John Gorman (2-3) tallied the win, pitching the final 3.1 innings. He allowed four hits and one walk. He did not surrender a run and struck out three. Junior John Hennessy turned in a 2-for-4 performance with two RBIs.
Neither starting pitcher earned the decision. Freshman right-handed starter Jeff Burke pitched 3.1 innings, allowed four hits, two runs - both earned - one walk and struck out one. Connecticut starter LHP Christian Colletti went six innings, allowed three hits, three runs - all earned - three walks and struck out five.
Freshman left-hander Jesse Adams came on in relief in the fourth and struck out the first two batters he faced to end the inning. He went 2.1 innings, allowed one hit, two runs - both earned - two walks and struck out four.
Righty Dan Feehan (1-3) shouldered the loss, pitching the final two innings for the Huskies. He gave up two hits, three runs - all earned - one walk and struck out two.
The Eagles got two early, scoring in their first at bat. Freshman Joe Cronin and sophomore Blake Butera drew walks and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Hennessy drove them in with a chopper up the middle. They added a run in the third as Cronin doubled to center and with two down, junior Tom Bourdon drove him in with a single to center to take a 3-0 lead.
The Huskies tallied two in the bottom of the third with two outs to cut the lead to one. Billy Ferriter singled through the left side, stole second and scored on a single to right by LJ Mazzilli. Vinny Siena drove in Mazzilli with a double to left.
UConn took the lead in the sixth when Adams allowed his first base runner. After retiring the first six batters he faced, he walked Siena and then gave up a double to Bobby Melley. With runners on second and third, he struck out the next batter but loaded the bases on a walk. Gorman entered the game and Max McDowell laced the first pitch he saw to center. Centerfielder Bourdon dove but could not come up with it and Siena and Melley came in to take the 4-3 lead. Gorman threw a four-pitch walk to load the bases but ended the inning with a swinging strikeout.
Shaw tied the game with one out in the top of the seventh, launching his third home run over the right-center field fence.
The Huskies threatened in the eighth with one down after Gorman got the first batter looking. Bryan Daniello singled and McDowell followed with a base hit to left. Daniello advanced to third when freshman leftfielder Logan Hoggarth overran the ball, but McDowell was tagged out at second. Bourdon made a diving catch in shallow center to get the Eagles out of the inning and strand Daniello at third.
In the ninth with Feehan in, sophomore Travis Ferrick reached on a fielder's choice and senior Matt McGovern drew a four-pitch walk to put two on for Shaw. The designed hitter launched his second bomb on an 0-2 count to the same spot to give the Eagles the 7-4 lead. Bourdon was the last BC player to hit two home runs in the same game, launching two at Clemson on March 16, 2012.
Gorman returned for the ninth and retired the side, striking out the final out looking.
The Eagles will host the Harvard Crimson in their home opener on Wednesday, April 3 at 3 p.m. at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.