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Baseball Loses 1-0 Battle to Clemson

Burke struck out two and did not give up a hit in 1.2 innings of relief.

Burke struck out two and did not give up a hit in 1.2 innings of relief.

April 7, 2013

Box Score

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team lost a pitchers' duel, 1-0, to Clemson in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. The Tigers (21-11, 9-6 ACC) scored the only run of the game in the sixth, while the Eagles' (5-25, 0-14 ACC) pitching staff pitched out multiple jams.

Redshirt freshman lefty Andrew Chin (1-7) shouldered the loss in a strong outing. He gave up one run, six hits and two walks while striking out five in 5.1 innings. Freshman relievers Jeff Burke and Jesse Adams did not allow a run or walk in 3.2 innings of combined work. Burke, a righty, allowed just two hits and struck out two in 1.2 innings, while Adams, a southpaw, struck out three and gave up one hit in two innings of relief.

Clemson lefty Mathew Crownover (4-0) stayed undefeated on the season, pitching 6.1 innings, allowing four hits, one walk and striking out four. Right-hander Matt Campbell recorded his sixth save of the year, going the final 2.2 innings and striking out three.

The first four in the Eagles' lineup - freshman Joe Cronin, sophomore Blake Butera and juniors Tom Bourdon and John Hennessy - were the only four to tally hits as BC was outhit, 9-4. The Maroon and Gold defense also committed three errors, but none provided to be costly as they did not cross the plate.

The only run of the game came in the sixth when Steven Duggar tallied a one-out single up the middle and moved to second on a single by Tyler Krieger. Jon McGibbon drove him in with a single through the right side.

Chin got out of a couple of jams early in the game as neither team could tally a run. In the third, Clemson loaded the bases on an error, single and bunt single, but Chin sat the next three batters in order with a strikeout, foul fly out and a fly ball to keep the Tigers off the board. In the fifth, CU had runners on second and third after a walk, fielder's choice and a sacrifice hit, but Chin struck out the second out and forced a fly ball to again, keep the game scoreless.

Burke came on in the sixth with one out and runners on second and third. After a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position, the freshman struck out the next two batters to keep it a one-run game. He also got himself out of a jam with runners on first and third with no outs the following inning, forcing a foul fly and a 643 double play.

Adams came on in the eighth and retired the side, striking out the third out on three straight pitches. He faced seven batters and sent six back to the dugout, including three by strikeout.

The Eagles return to action on Tuesday, April 9 with a 3 p.m. road game at Dartmouth.

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