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Baseball Falls to Harvard, 5-3

Freshman Tyler Hinchliffe

Freshman Tyler Hinchliffe

April 4, 2012

Box Score

Cambridge, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team lost to cross-town rival Harvard, 5-3, at O'Donnell Field on Wednesday afternoon. The Eagles (13-16) were outhit by the Crimson (4-19), 8-4, and left nine runners on base.

Junior Rob Moir went 2-for-5 with a double on the day, extending his hit streak to a career-long eight games. He, along with sophomore John Hennessy tallied RBIs for the Eagles.

Sophomore LHP Steve Green (0-4) picked up the loss, throwing three innings, allowing three runs, three hits, two walks and striking out three. Freshman Tyler Hinchliffe pitched four innings of relief, giving up one run, three hits, two walks and recording one K.

Harvard's Jacob Kremers (1-1) recorded the win, going two innings in relief, allowing two hits, one unearned run, one walk and tallying two strikeouts. Conner Hulse earned his first save, pitching three innings, allowing one hit, no runs, one walk and one strikeout.

The Crimson tallied three runs in the third to start the scoring. Two walks and a bunt single loaded the bases and Jeff Reynolds smacked a ground ball to second. Second baseman Hennessy made a great grab to get the second out, but the first run of the game came in. Steven Dill blooped one to right two plate two more and give Harvard a 3-0 lead. Junior catcher Nate LaPointe ended the inning by catching Dill stealing second.

The Eagles got one back in the fourth. Senior Anthony Melchionda was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a single by senior Andrew Lawrence. An error by shortstop Carlton Bailey advanced him to third and Hennessy plated him on a groundout to first.

Harvard returned the favor in the fifth, scoring one as Andrew Ferreira tallied an infield single to short and moved up to second on a base hit. Reynolds singled through the left side to drive in Ferreira for the 4-1 lead.

BC cut the lead to one in the seventh as sophomore Tom Bourdon led off with a walk and Moir doubled to right center to move both players into scoring position. Melchionda grounded to short, scoring Bourdon and Bailey's throw was late to the third-base bag, allowing Moir to reach. Senior Spenser Payne lined one to third, which third baseman Jake McGuiggan dropped and turned into a double play, but Moir crossed the plate for BC's third run of the game.

Harvard added an insurance run in the eighth as sophomore right-hand reliever Matt Alvarez came on and gave up two walks and a single to load the bases and then walked in a run to give the Crimson the two-run lead. Freshman righty Geoffrey Murphy came in and shortstop Melchionda caught a line drive and doubled off the runner at first to get the first two outs. Murphy finished the inning with a fly out to center.

Although Moir tallied his second hit on an infield single, beating out the throw to first, the Eagles could not bring him around and the Crimson took the game, 5-3, ending on a double play.

The Eagles travel to Blacksburg, Va., for a three-game series with Virginia Tech, starting Friday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. Saturday's noon game will be broadcast on NESN.

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