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Baseball Defeats Harvard in Home Opener

Hennessy tallied three RBIs in the 8-6 win.

Hennessy tallied three RBIs in the 8-6 win.

April 3, 2013

Box Score

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team defeated Harvard, 8-6, to open the 2013 home season at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field on Wednesday afternoon. The Eagles (5-22) tallied their second win in a row to beat the Crimson (4-17), a team they lost to twice last season.

Junior Jimmy Dowdell was 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBIs and his first career triple. Classmate John Hennessy tallied three RBIs in a 1-for-3 performance while freshman Stephen Sauter notched two doubles. BC outhit Harvard, 9-8.

Junior right-hander Matt Alvarez (1-1) tallied his first win of 2013, throwing three innings and allowing just one hit, two runs - both earned - two walks and striking out three. Sophomore lefty Nick Poore tallied his first career save, pitching the ninth and giving up two hits and one run. Graduate student LHP Nate Bayuk pitched two innings of relief and retired all six batters he faced, striking out two.

Harvard starter RHP Peter Kaplan (0-4) shouldered the loss, going 2.1 innings, allowing six hits, seven runs - all earned - five walks and four strikeouts.

The Eagles put two across in the second to take an early 2-0 lead. Sauter led off with a double just inside the left-field line and with one out, moved to third on an infield single by Dowdell. Dowdell stole second to move into scoring position and freshman Joe Cronin drew a walk to load the bases. Sauter scored on a wild pitch for the first run of the game. Junior Tom Bourdon walked to reload the bases and Hennessy tallied an RBI when he drew a walk, allowing Dowdell to cross the plate.

The Crimson tied the game in the top of the third as Jeff Hajdin led off with a double to center and scored on two wild pitches. Mike Martin drew a walk and advanced to third on the errant pitches. Brandon Kregel hit a sacrifice fly to center to score the second run.

BC broke the game open with five runs in the bottom of the inning. Freshman Chris Shaw singled to start the frame and sophomore Travis Ferrick was hit by a pitch with one out to put two on. Dowdell legged out a triple to break the tie and give the Eagles the 4-2 advantage. Cronin drove in his teammate from third with a double to center. Sophomore Blake Butera walked before Harvard went to its bullpen for righty Jordan Haviland. With two down, Hennessy doubled to left to score two more before Haviland could end the inning with a strikeout.

Shaw scored again in the fourth to take an 8-2 lead. He led off with a walk, advanced to third on Sauter's second double of the game and scored on Ferrick's groundout to short.

The Crimson made it an 8-5 game, scoring one in the fifth and two in the sixth. With freshman lefty Austin Solecitto on the hill, Martin drew a one-out walk and scored on a double by Mitch Klug. Solecitto got the final two outs with Ks. In the sixth, freshman righty John Nicklas relieved Solecitto. With runners on first and second, DJ Link drove one in with a single to right. Hajdin laid down a bunt and reached to load the bases and Martin singled through the left side to score the second Crimson run of the inning. Nicklas forced a groundout and two fly outs to get out of the inning.

With Poore on the mound in the ninth, Harvard tacked on one more on a solo shot with one out by Kregel. Poore put two on with two outs on a hit by pitch and single, but ended the game with a fly ball to give BC the win.

The Eagles host their first Atlantic Coast series, beginning on Friday, April 5, when they take on Clemson at 2:30 p.m.

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