Baseball Loses First Round Beanpot Game to Harvard
April 9, 2014
Cambridge, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team lost an early lead and fell, 6-5, to Harvard on Wednesday afternoon at O'Donnell Field in the first round out of the Beanpot Tournament. The Eagles (10-22) scored four runs in the first, but the Crimson (6-18) chipped away and eventually took the lead in the eighth. BC will play Northeastern for third place on April 21 at noon at NU's Friedman Diamond while Harvard and UMass will play in the championship game at 3 p.m.
Sophomore Chris Shaw went 4-for-5 on the day with a double and two runs, tallying a career high in hits. Classmate Joe Cronin extended his hit streak to a career-long seven games on a 2-for-5 performance. He scored one run and tallied two RBIs. Senior Tom Bourdon also notched two RBIs to lead the team with 17 on the year.
Senior right-hander Eric Stevens allowed just one hit, one run and struck out one over four innings. He did not walk a batter. Redshirt sophomore Tyler Hinchliffe (0-1) shouldered the loss, allowing two hits, two runs and one strikeout over 1.1 innings. The BC staff of Stevens, freshman RHP Bobby Skogsbergh, Hinchliffe and sophomore RHP John Nicklas walked only one batter in the game.
BC out Harvard, 9-6, but left 11 men on base. The Eagles also made two errors. Their Beanpot record falls to 30-14-1 and they will play in the consolation game for the third year in a row.
Right-hand reliever Matt Timoney (3-3) picked up the win for the Crimson. He struck out two over 1.1 innings without allowing a hit, walk or run. Righty Sean Poppen pitched the ninth to tally the save, giving up two hits, one run and striking out one. Harvard starter left-hander Kevin Rex lasted only 0.2 innings on the hill, allowing three hits, four runs, three walks and he did not record a K.
The Eagles took an early 4-0 lead in the first, chasing Rex from the game. They loaded the bases with one out on a walk and back-to-back singles by junior Blake Butera and Shaw. Cronin drove in two with a double down the right-field line. With runners on second and third, Bourdon grounded out to second, allowing Shaw to cross the plate and Cronin to move to third. BC reloaded the bases on two more walks and Harvard went to the pen for RHP Nick Scahill. Cronin crossed the plate on a wild pitch before a strikeout ended the inning.
The Crimson got one back in the third. Stevens hit Mitch Klug for his first baserunner of the day and he moved to third on a throwing error by freshman third baseman Johnny Adams. Jake McGuiggan plated him with a groundout to short. Stevens forced two more grounders to get out of the inning.
Harvard added a run in the fourth and one in the sixth to make it a one-run game. In the fourth, Mike Martin was hit by a pitch and stole second to move into scoring position. With two outs, Stevens surrendered his only hit of the game, a single up the middle by Ethan Ferreira, to plate Martin. Skogsbergh loaded the bases in the sixth on an infield single, fielder's choice and an error and then hit Steve Dill to make it a 4-3 game.
Harvard scored three runs on three hits to take a lead in the eighth. With Hinchliffe on the mound, Brandon Kregel led off with a double to left and moved to third on a one-out infield single by Jack Colton. Nicklas entered the game and got Klug to chop one back to the mound, but Kregel was off on the pitch and Nicklas' throw to the plate was late, tying the game. Nicklas forced a popup for the second out, but McGuiggan hit a blooper between second baseman Butera and right fielder Shaw, scoring two.
The Eagles' ninth-inning rally fell short as they could only come up with one run against Poppen. Shaw hit a one-out single and moved to second on wild pitch. With two down, Bourdon singled to center to make it a 6-5 game. Poppen forced a grounder to end the game and give the Crimson the win.
The Eagles travel to Chicago, Ill., for a three-game series with Notre Dame beginning on Friday at 7:05 p.m. All three games will be played at Chicago State and ticket sale proceeds will go to the Pete Frates #3 Fund.