Baseball Drops Series Opener at Virginia Tech, 8-4
April 6, 2012
Blacksburg, Va. - The Boston College baseball team fell to Virginia Tech, 8-4, on Friday night at English Field on ALS Awareness Night as the Eagles (13-17, 4-9 ACC) and Hokies (20-12, 3-10 ACC) honored former player Pete Frates before the game, bringing awareness to the disease.
Freshman Blake Butera extended his hit streak to 11 games, the longest of the season for the Eagles, going 2-for-4 with a run. Junior Matt McGovern also went 2-for-4 while senior Anthony Melchionda tallied three RBIs and recorded his fourth home run of the season.
Sophomore righty Eric Stevens (4-2) shouldered the loss as he went 4.1 innings, allowed seven hits, eight runs - seven earned - five walks and two strikeouts. Freshman right-hander Geoffrey Murphy pitched 2.1 innings of relief and did not allow a run or walk while he gave up only three hits. Classmate RHP John Gorman pitched the final 1.1 innings for the Eagles, giving up only one hit and only walk while striking out two and not allowing a run to cross the plate.
Lefty Joe Mantiply (4-2) tallied the win, going 7.1 innings, allowed six hits, three run, three walks and strikes out a career-high 10.Right-hand reliever Clark Labitan pitched 1.2 innings, gave up one hit, one run, while striking out two.
It didn't take long for the Eagles to get on the board, tallying two on a shot by Melchionda. With McGovern on first, the shortstop launched his fourth bomb of the season over the right-field fence to put BC up, 2-0.
The Hokies returned the favor, tying the game in the second on a two-run homer of their own. Andrew Rash drew a walk and Brendon Hayden smashed one over the scoreboard in right center.
Virginia Tech took the lead in the third without recording a hit. Back-to-back walks put lead-off hitter Alex Perez on second. Johnny Morales laid down a sac bunt to move the runners to second and third and Perez crossed the plate on a passed ball to give the Hokies a 3-2 lead.
They added to their lead in the fifth, tallying five runs on five hits and chasing Stevens from the game. Perez led off with a triple to the gap in right center and Mark Zagunis hit a home run to left to put VT up, 5-2. Tyler Horan walked, advanced to third on a double down the left-field line by Morales and scored on a sac fly. Morales came home on a single by Chad Pinder to extend the Hokies' lead to 7-2. Murphy replaced Stevens and sophomore third baseman John Hennessy made a great grab for the second out, but Rash scored after reaching on a fielder's choice and stealing second on a blooper to right center. Murphy ended the inning with a fly ball to right.
BC added a run in the eighth as Butera doubled to right and moved to third on an infield single by McGovern. Melchionda recorded his third RBI of the night on a groundout to third, scoring Butera to make the score, 8-3.
The Eagles added one more run in the ninth as junior Rob Moir extended his career-long hit streak to nine games with a triple to right center, his third of the year. Hennessy drove him in on a fielder's choice to third to make the score, 8-4.
The two teams return for a noon game on Saturday, April 7. The game will be broadcast on NESN and ESPN 3.