April 8, 2012
Blacksburg, Va. - For the third straight game, the Boston College baseball team dropped an 8-4 decision to Virginia Tech at English Field on Sunday afternoon. The game saw BC lead twice, the two teams tied it twice and VT lead once before taking the eventual lead for good.
The Eagles (13-19, 4-11 ACC) were outhit by the Hokies (22-12, 5-10 ACC), 14-6.
Freshman Blake Butera kept his hit streak alive, tallying a single up the middle in his last at bat in the ninth to record a hit in the last 13 games. It marks the longest streak of the season for the Eagles. He has also reached base safely in the last 16 games. Junior Rob Moir also extended his career-long hit streak to 11 games, singling through the right side in the fifth. He went on to steal second and third, marking the first time an Eagle has tallied two stolen bases in the same game in 2012.
Junior RHP Taylor Lasko (0-3) recorded the loss, as he went 4.1 innings, allowed 10 hits, six runs, two walks and struck out three. Freshman left-hand reliever Nick Poore pitched one inning of relief, allowed two runs, walked one and struck out one. Senior LHP Nate Bayuk came in for 1.2 innings, allowed only one hit and struck out three without allowing a walk or run. Freshman lefty Tyler Hinchliffe finished the game, pitching a 1-2-3 eighth with one strikeout.
Hokie reliever righty Tanner McIntyre (2-0) tallied the win, going three innings, allowing only one hit, no runs and two walks. He struck out two. Left-handed starter Eddie Campbell went three innings, allowed two hits, four runs - two earned - walked three and struck out three. RHP Clark Labitan tallied his first save of the season, throwing three innings and allowing three hits, no runs or walks and striking out two.
The Eagles scored two in their first at bats without recording a hit. Butera and senior Anthony Melchionda
drew walks and with two outs, moved up on a wild pitch. Moir hit a hard grounder to second and Alex Perez let it slip under his glove. With both runners going on the pitch, they were able to score and give BC a 2-0 lead.
The Hokies cut the lead to one in the second as Johnny Morales and Ronnie Shaban hit back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and third. Chad Pinder brought Morales home on a sac fly to left to make it 2-1. After a double by Andrew Rash, Lasko got the second out on a strikeout looking and the third on a flyout to end the inning.
VT took the lead in the third as Mark Zagunis smack a one-out single to center and moved to second when Tyler Horan drew a walk. Morales hit a liner that tipped of sophomore third baseman John Hennessy's glove, allowing Zagunis to score and Horan to land on third. A sac fly down the right line in foul territory by Pinder put the Hokies on top, 3-2.
BC went back on top the next inning, scoring two to regain the lead at 4-3. Senior Spenser Payne led off with a single to left and junior Matt Paré followed with a double to center to put runners on second and third. Virginia Tech brought in McIntyre and with one out Hennessy grounded out to second to score Payne. Paré came home on a wild pitch to give the Eagles to 4-3 lead.
Virginia Tech went back on top in the fifth, scoring two runs on three hits. Shaban walked with one out and moved to third on a double by Pinder. Rash drove both of them in on a double to left. The Eagles got the second out when they got Rash in a pickle and tagged him trying to get back to the second-base bag. Poore ended the inning with a strikeout looking.
The Hokies added two runs to their lead in the sixth. Zagunis tallied an infield single to third and moved to second on when Horan walked. Morales moved both runners into scoring position on a sac bunt and Shaban singled through the right side to bring home runners in.
The Eagles will play in the first round of the Beanpot on Tuesday, April 10 at 2:30 p.m. against Harvard at LeLacheur Park, home of the Lowell Spinners.