Baseball Rallies to Defeat Massachusetts
April 2, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team came back from a four-run deficit to defeat Massachusetts, 7-6, on Wednesday evening at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. The Eagles' (9-18) bullpen shutdown the Minutemen (3-17) as the offense climbed back into the game, led by freshman Johnny Adams' 2-for-3 performance.
Sophomores Chris Shaw and Stephen Sauter tallied two RBIs apiece as Shaw was 1-for-3 with a run and sacrifice fly and Sauter hit a two-run double. Adams also contributed with an RBI double, while senior Tom Bourdon notched the Eagles' other RBI.
Freshman right-hander Bobby Skogsbergh (3-0) picked up the win, throwing three scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit without a walk and striking out a career-high four. Sophomore righty John Nicklas earned his second save, throwing a perfect ninth and striking out the final batter. Junior left-hander Nick Poore pitched two innings of scoreless baseball, allowing just one hit, one walk and striking out one.
Making his first career start, freshman right-hander Justin Dunn threw 1.1 innings, allowed one unearned run, one hit, four walks and he tallied his first three career strikeouts.
UMass right-hander DJ Jauss (1-1) shouldered the loss, going two innings without allowing a hit, giving up the go-ahead run - which was unearned - walking three and striking out one. Starter RHP Tim Cassidy pitched four innings, allowed five hits, six runs - five earned - three walks and four Ks.
The Minutemen got on the board first, scoring one in the second. Nik Campero drew a lead-off walk, stole second and moved up to third on a passed ball. After walking Brandon Walsh, Dunn tallied the first out of the inning with a swinging K. Nick Sanford singled through the right side to plate Campero and Walsh moved around to third with the hit-and-run on. Senior RHP Eric Stevens entered the game to face Vinny Scifo, who lined one to center. Bourdon was able to snag the quick-falling ball and then throw home to get Walsh, who was attempting to tag up, ending the inning.
The Eagles took the lead in the bottom of the inning off Sauter's bat. Shaw drew a four-pitch walk to start the inning and sophomore Joe Cronin followed with a single through the left side. Bourdon moved both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Sauter laced one just inside the third-base line, allowing both runners to score and give BC a 2-1 lead.
The Minutemen took the lead back in the third, scoring five runs on three hits. Kyle Adie started the inning against Stevens with a double to right and moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt. Mike Geannelis drew a walk to put runners at the corners before Dylan Begin drove Adie with a double to right. With runners on second and third, Walsh grounded up back up the middle and it was misplayed by shortstop Cronin, allowing the go-ahead run to come home and extend the inning. Adam Picard launched the first pitch he saw over the left-field fence to give the Minutemen a 6-2 lead. Stevens got a ground ball to end the inning.
The Eagles got one run in the third and one in the fourth to close the gap to two. Sophomore Gabriel Hernandez led off the third with an infield single, stole second and moved up to third on a groundout by senior John Hennessy. Shaw hit one to deep center, allowing Hernandez to tag up and score. In the fourth, Bourdon smoked one at the UMass first baseman to get on and advanced to second on a passed ball. Adams doubled down the left-field line to score his teammate and cut the lead to two.
BC tied the game in the fifth before retaking the lead in the sixth. Hennessy walked and junior Blake Butera was hit by a pitch to put two on. With new pitcher RHP Tommy McDonald on the hill, Shaw nailed a base hit through the right side to plate Hennessy and advance Butera to third. Bourdon brought Butera home with a sac fly to left.
In the sixth, UMass brought in Jauss, who started the inning by walking freshman Michael Strem and Hernandez. Hennessy attempted a sac bunt to move the runners over, but Jauss overthrew the third-base bag, allowing Strem to score the eventual winning run from second.
The combination of Poore, Skogsbergh and Nicklas shut out the Minutemen from fourth through the ninth.
The Eagles return to action when they host No. 30 North Carolina for a three-game series at The Heights. The first game is slated for Friday, April 4 at 2:30 p.m.