Baseball Falls to Clemson, 7-5
April 5, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team dropped a 7-5 decision to Clemson on Friday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field to open the Atlantic Coast Conference home slate. The Eagles (5-23, 0-12 ACC) held a lead into the seventh, but the Tigers (19-11, 7-6 ACC) scored six in the inning to go ahead.
Senior right-hander Hunter Gordon pitched with the lead for the Maroon and Gold, going six innings, allowing seven hits, one run and striking out five. He did not allow a walk. Graduate student lefty reliever Nate Bayuk (0-1) took the loss, getting one out in the seventh, allowing two hits, five runs - two earned - and two walks. Freshmen Jesse Adams and Jeff Burke pitched the eighth and ninth, respectively, and did not allow a hit, run or walk while striking out one.
Clemson starter RHP Daniel Gossett (4-2) tallied the win, going 6.2 innings, allowing three hits, five runs - three earned - seven walks and seven strikeouts. Zack Erwin earned his second save of the year, finishing the final 1.2 innings of the game without allowing a hit, walk or run and striking out two.
The Tigers outhit the Eagles, 10-4, and BC stranded 11 men on base. Senior Matt Paré added three RBIs to his total with a three-run shot in the seventh inning.
The Eagles tallied a run in the first to take an early 1-0 lead after Gordon tallied a strikeout and Paré threw out a runner trying to steal second. With one out, sophomore Blake Butera hit a bloop single to left and moved up to second when junior John Hennessy drew a walk after an eight-pitch at bat. Junior Tom Bourdon knocked one past the diving shortstop and Butera hustled around third, sliding head first into home to give BC the 1-0 lead.
BC pushed a second run across in the fourth, loading the bases on an error and two walks with one out. Freshman Joe Cronin earned an RBI by drawing a full-count walk, allowing classmate Logan Hoggarth to trot home after reaching on an error by CU shortstop Tyler Krieger.
The Tigers got on the board in the sixth as Garrett Boulware knocked a one-out double to left center and moved to third on a groundout. Shane Kennedy drove him in with an infield single between second and third. Kennedy moved all the way to third on an error by first baseman Hennessy when Gordon threw over, but the righty was able to end the inning with a swinging strikeout to keep the one-run lead.
Clemson took a 7-2 lead in the seventh with Bayuk on the mound. He loaded the bases on a double, a walk and an error and Tyler Slaton hit a slow roller down the first-base line that did not kick foul to score the tying run. With the bases still loaded, Steven Duggar grounded out to second to plate the go-ahead run and a wild pitch brought in the fourth run for CU. After an intentional walk, sophomore righty John Gorman relieved Bayuk and got the second out of the inning before giving up a bases-clearing double to Joe Costigan. Gorman forced a fly ball to end the inning.
Paré put the Eagles within two in the bottom half of the inning with a bomb over the right-field fence. Butera walked and Hennessy grounded to first but second baseman Jay Baum mishandled the ball, allowing both runners to reach safely. With one out, Paré launched his second homer of the year to close the scoring gap. The Eagles loaded the bases with two outs as freshman Chris Shaw swung on the third pitch but reached on a wild pitch, senior Matt McGovern singled through the right and freshman pinch hitter Stephen Sauter earned a walk but new pitcher Kyle Schnell got Cronin swinging to get Clemson of the jam.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday, April 6 at 1:30 p.m. back at Pellagrini Diamond.