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Baseball Drops Second Game to Clemson

Nicklas used only 10 pitches to retire the Tigers in the ninth.

Nicklas used only 10 pitches to retire the Tigers in the ninth.

April 6, 2013

Box Score

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team lost to Clemson, 9-2, on Saturday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. The Tigers (20-11, 8-6 ACC) clinched the series, outhitting the Eagles (5-24, 0-13 ACC), 12-7.

Junior John Hennessy was 2-for-4 with a run, an RBI and a double. Senior catcher Matt Paré also turned in a 2-for-4 with an RBI and threw a runner out attempting to steal. He extended his hit streak to four games, the longest of the season for the lefty. Sophomore Blake Butera registered two hits in four at bats as well. The Eagles left nine runners on base in the second game of the three-game series.

Junior right-hander Eric Stevens (0-7) gave up five hits, nine runs - four earned - and walked one in his five-inning start. Freshman righty John Nicklas tallied a 1-2-3 ninth for BC, throwing just 10 pitches.

RHP Clate Schmidt (3-1) went seven innings in the win, giving up six hits, two runs - both earned - five walks and struck out two.

The Tigers scored four in the first on three hits and two BC errors to take the lead. Tyler Slaton started the game with a single to left center, moved to second on a bunt single by Thomas Brittle and to third on a wild pitch. Garrett Boulware plated him with groundout to short. Shane Kennedy made it a 2-0 game with a sac fly to center. Joe Costigan walked and Steven Duggar singled to put runners on the corners with two outs. Stevens threw over to first but the ball got away, allowing Costigan to score. Freshman first baseman Chris Shaw's throw across the diamond to third was errant as well and Duggar crossed the plate for the fourth run.

CU added a run in the second and one in the third to take a 6-0 lead. In the second, Jon McGibbon led off with a single and advanced to third on two groundouts. He scored on another BC error and Paré ended the inning by catching the base runner trying to take second. In the third, Kennedy reached on a bunt single and scored from first when Costigan laced one to the right-field corner.

The Eagles scored their first run in the fourth as Hennessy led off with a double and moved to third on a groundout by junior Tom Bourdon. Paré drove him in with a liner past the shortstop into left field.

Kennedy put Clemson back up by six the following frame with an RBI single up the middle with one out, scoring Brittle, who doubled and moved to third on a groundout. Boulware tallied a sac fly in the seventh to make it an 8-1 game. With sophomore RHP Eric Stone on the mound, Boulware scored Slaton, who led off with a base hit, advanced to second on a walk and to third on a passed ball.

Hennessy scored a run for the Eagles with two down the seventh to make it an 8-2 game as freshman Joe Cronin drew his third walk of the day and moved to second on Butera's infield single. Hennessy laced one into right to plate Cronin from second.

The Tiger added one in the seventh with sophomore southpaw Nick Poore on the hill. Pinch hitter Mike Thriller doubled to start the inning and moved to third on a single. McGibbon grounded one to second baseman Butera, who got the out at second, but Thriller was able to cross the plate to make it a 9-2 game.

The two squads will play the series finale on Sunday, April 7 at noon.

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