April 10, 2012
Lowell, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team fell in a 5-2 loss to Harvard in the first round of the Beanpot at LeLacheur Park on Tuesday afternoon. The Eagles (13-20) will play the loser of the second game between Northeastern and Massachusetts on Wednesday, April 18.
While the Eagles attempted a rally against the Crimson (6-22) in the ninth, two relief pitchers came in and quieted their bats to preserve the wins. Harvard outhit BC, 14-9, and the Maroon and Gold left nine runners on base.
Freshman RHP Eric Stone (0-1) recorded his first loss of the season, pitching the first inning and allowing two runs. He allowed four hits and one walk. Freshman right-hander John Gorman gave the Eagles three innings, allowed three hits, one run and struck out two. Three other members of the BC pitching staff took the mound and combined for five innings, seven hits, two runs, no walks and two Ks.
Harvard RHP Matt Timoney (1-1) earned his first win of the year, throwing 7.1 innings, allowing seven hits, two runs - one earned - three walks and three strikeouts. Reliever Zack Olson recorded his third save with a strikeout with the bases loaded to end the game.
Sophomore Tom Bourdon led the way for the Eagles, going 3-for-5 with an RBI. Senior Andrew Lawrence tallied a 2-for-4 performance. Freshman Blake Butera and junior Rob Moir did not tally hits to end their current hitting streaks at 13 and 11 games, respectively, the longest of the season for BC.
Down by three, Boston College tried to make a run in the ninth. With one out, junior Matt Paré walked and Lawrence and senior pinch hitter Marc Perdios tallied back-to-back singles to load the bases. Harvard brought in left-hand reliever Andrew Ferreira, who got Bourdon looking and then Olson came in and ended the game by striking out Butera.
The Crimson tallied two in the first to take an early lead. With the bases loaded on back-to-back singles and a walk, sophomore third baseman John Hennessy
snagged a line drive and picked off the runner at first for a double play. Before Stone could get out of the inning, Jake McGuiggan knocked one to left to score two.
Harvard added one in the third as McGuiggan led off with another single to left and moved to second on a sac bunt by Mike Martin and reached on a muffed throw by Gorman. A sac bunt by Kyle Larrow moved bother runners into scoring position and Jon Smart plated McGuiggan with a sac fly to give the Crimson the 3-0 lead.
The Eagles got one back in the third when Hennessy drew a one-out walk and scored on a single to right by Bourdon, which the right fielder Ethan Ferreira bobbled, allowing Hennessy to cross the plate.
The Eagles cut the lead to one in the fifth to make it 3-2. Lawrence led off with a single to right and stole second. With one out, Bourdon doubled off the right-field wall to score his teammate on his third hit of the game.
The Crimson tacked one on in the sixth as Nick Saathoff started the inning with a base hit and Steve Dill drew a two-out walk. Ferreira brought Saathoff home on a single through the right side to put Harvard up, 4-2.
Harvard added an insurance run in the ninth on a single by Larrow, scoring McGuiggan, who singled and stole second.
The Eagles open a three-game series with No. 1 Florida State starting on Friday, April 13 at 2:30 p.m.