Baseball Falls at UMass in First Round of Beanpot
April 10, 2013
Amherst, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team lost, 11-6, Massachusetts in the first round of the 23rd Annual Beanpot Tournament on Wednesday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. The Eagles (6-26) surrendered an early lead to the Minutemen (5-17), who scored 11 straight in the win.
Junior starter RHP Matt Alvarez gave up two hits, three runs - all earned - four walks and fanned four in three innings. Freshman lefty Jesse Adams (0-1) pitched the fourth, allowed two hits, three runs - all earned - and walked two to take the loss. Junior LHP Steve Green - retired nine of the 10 batters he faced in the sixth through eighth, recording three Ks.
LHP Evan Mackintosh (1-0) went three innings in relief to tally the win, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out two. He did not give up a run to the Eagles. Starter LHP Conor LeBlanc pitched the first two innings, allowed four hits, four runs - three earned - three walks and struck out one.
The Eagles will take on Harvard at 2 p.m. in the consolation game on April 29 at Fenway Park. Northeastern and UMass will play a rematch of last year's championship game, which the Minutemen won, at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 and benefit the Pete Frates #3 Fund. Visit http://www.redsox.com/beanpot or call (877) REDSOX-9.
The Eagles jumped out to a 4-0 lead in their first plate appearance. With two outs and the bases loaded, Hoggarth singled to center to plate the first two runs of the game. Freshman Stephen Sauter followed with a blooper to right to score another run. Senior Matt McGovern drew a walk to reload the bases and a passed ball allowed Hoggarth to make it a 4-0 game.
The Minutemen got three back in the second on two hits and three walks. A hit by pitch, single and walk loaded the bases with one out. John Jennings drew a walk to bring in the first UMass run of the game. Vinny Scifo singled to right plate the second run before Alvarez struck out the second out swinging. Rich Graef battled Alvarez to tally a free pass and make it a 4-3 game. The righty forced a pop up to shallow right to get out of the inning.
UMass took the lead in the fourth with Adams on the mound. After Jennings singled down the third-base line, two straight two-out walks loaded the bases. Adam Picard cleared the bases with a triple off the wall in center to put the Minutemen on top, 6-4.
With freshman lefty reliever Austin Solecitto in, the Minutemen added five runs on five hits in the fifth. With one down, Kellen Pagel doubled to center and scored when Jennings tallied an infield single to short and freshman Joe Cronin overthrew the first-base bag. With another single and a walk, UMass loaded the bases for Graef, who laid down a bunt to score a run. He reached when junior first baseman John Hennessy fielded the slow roller and no one covered the base. Rob McLam drew a walk to bring in another run before Solecitto was lifted for graduate student LHP Nate Bayuk, who struck out the first batter he faced for the second out of the inning. Bryan Dionicio laced the first pitch he saw through the left side to score two more and give the Minutemen the 11-4 lead.
The Eagles got one back in the sixth and one in the seventh. In the sixth, Sauter drew a lead-off walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and McGovern moved him to third on a groundout. He scored on another wild pitch by reliever DJ Jauss. In the seventh, Butera legged out a double to center to start the inning. Hennessy followed with a single past the first baseman and junior Tom Bourdon walked to load the bases. Hoggarth showed patience at the plate to earn a walk and plate Butera. UMass went to the pen for Aaron Plunkett, who got a strikeout and fly out to end BC's scoring threat.
BC hosts NC State in a three-game series beginning on Friday, April 12 at 2:30 p.m.