Baseball Snaps Losing Streak, Downs Harvard 6-3
April 11, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Baseball headed over to Cambridge this afternoon looking to get back on the winning track and they did so as they defeated cross-town rival Harvard University 6-3 at O'Donnell Field. The win snaps the Eagles' five game losing streak and improves their overall record to 10-20-1. Harvard falls to 10-12 on the season with the loss.
Harvard sent the tying run to plate in the eighth inning but BC gutted out a 6-3 victory behind strong relief pitching from Ted Ratliff, who earned his second win of the season for the Eagles.
Trailing by three runs with two outs in the eighth, Jeff Stoeckel and Brendan Byrne put together consecutive hits for the Crimson, bringing up Matt Vance, who had homered earlier in the game. Facing BC reliever Ted Ratliff, Vance worked the count full but could not deliver as he instead sent a popup to second base.
With the Eagles holding a 4-3 lead through five innings, the momentum would shift as BC plated a pair of unearned runs in the sixth to take a 6-3 lead. Michael Belfiore reached base to start when his fly ball to right field was dropped. Three batters later he came home on an errant pickoff attempt. Mike Augustine then delivered a two-out double to the gap in left-center for the final run of the day.
BC got a run in the first inning and then three in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead. With two on and two outs, Ryan Hutchinson sent an RBI single through the right side and Belfiore blooped an RBI single into right field against Harvard starter Ryan Watson. Another run came home on a bases loaded walk before Watson could work his way out of the inning. All six BC runs on the afternoon were scored with two outs.
The Eagles are back in action this Friday as they head to take on the University of Maryland in a three game set. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.