Baseball Loses Lead, Series at No. 10 Clemson
April 4, 2010
CLEMSON, S.C. - The Boston College baseball team was six outs away from winning the series at No. 10 Clemson, but the Tigers scored eight times in the bottom of the eighth and went on to win, 14-9, to take the three-game series on Easter Sunday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
BC took an 8-6 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth, but sloppy play and Clemson's timely hitting produced eight runs to give the Tigers a 14-8 lead. Wilson Boyd reached first on a wild pitch when he struck out and then got to third on a failed pickoff attempt. Four-straight singles put the Tigers back on top, 9-8, and then Addison Johnson added to the lead with a sac fly to left. A pair of walks loaded the bases and then a throwing error by the second baseman brought in two more runs to push the lead to 12-8. A Boyd sac fly and a John Hinson RBI single capped the scoring and gave Clemson the win.
Brad Miller and Hinson both had three hits and two runs for the Tigers (20-8, 9-3 ACC). Hinson also drove in three runs. Will Lamb and John Nester both had two hits while Lamb recorded two RBI.
Junior Mickey Wiswall went 3-for-5 with a homer, three runs and two RBI for the Eagles (12-15, 4-8). Senior Mike Sudol went 3-for-4 with three RBI and senior John Spatola was 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs. Freshman Matt Watson added a solo home run in the first.
After Watson hit his homer, Clemson got that run back in the bottom half of the first inning when Chris Epps chopped an RBI single through the right side.
BC put up three more runs in the fourth inning to build a 4-1 lead. Wiswall crushed an 0-2 offering over the wall in right for a leadoff solo home run. Spatola followed with a single and after the first out, stole second. With two outs, Sudol singled up the middle to plate Spatola and make it 3-1.
Sophomore Anthony Melchionda then hit a sharp grounder off the pitcher that caromed to third and reached safely for a single. Sudol took third as no one was covering the bag and then on a head's up play, stole home while the pitcher had the ball on the mound and the catcher was walking halfway down the third base line back to the plate.
The Tigers got one of those runs back in their at-bat in the fourth with an Addison Johnson RBI single.
Clemson scored two more times in the fifth to tie the game, 4-4. Boyd drew a one-out walk and then Miller singled to put runners on first and second. Hinson and Lamb both hit RBI singles for the two runs.
The Tigers scored in the third-straight inning to take a 5-4 lead in the sixth. Johnson and Epps drew walks to put the first two batters on and then a passed ball put both of them into scoring position. Jeff Schaus brought in the run with a groundout to short.
The Eagles quickly regained the lead with four runs in the seventh to go up, 8-5. Anston and junior Matt Hamlet hit consecutive singles with one out to put runners on the corners. Wiswall hit a frozen rope that dropped in front of the left fielder for an RBI single to tie the game and then Spatola hit the wall in left for a bases-clearing double to give BC a 7-5 lead.
Watson was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second and with two outs, Sudol delivered again with an RBI single up the middle.
Clemson scored again in the bottom of the seventh to cut the deficit to 8-6, setting the Tigers up for their dramatic comeback. BC pitching allowed four walks to plate the run.
The Eagles are back in action on Wednesday when they host Bryant at 3 p.m.