Baseball Starts Notre Dame Series with 11-Inning Win
April 11, 2014
Chicago, Ill. - The Boston College baseball team earned a 4-1 victory in 11 innings to open the weekend series with Notre Dame on Friday evening at Chicago State's Cougar Stadium. Sophomore Gabriel Hernandez drove in the winning run with the bases loaded and junior Blake Butera followed with a two-run double to ensure the Eagles' (11-22, 3-13 ACC) first conference road win.
Redshirt sophomore Luke Fernandes (2-1) tallied the win, throwing two perfect innings against the Fighting Irish (12-21, 1-15 ACC). Sophomore left-hander Jesse Adams was stellar in relief, pitching four scoreless innings with just one hit and no walks. He struck out four and retired the first nine batters he faced. Junior right-handed starter John Gorman allowed just four hits and one run over six innings. He walked two and struck out four.
Senior John Hennessy led off the 11th inning by drawing a four-pitch walk. Classmate Tom Bourdon hit an 0-2 pitch to left center and freshman Michael Strem moved both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. After the Irish went to the pen, freshman Nick Sciortino drew a walk to load the bases and with another new pitcher in, Hernandez came through with a hard-hit, one-hopper to third that Kyle Fiala snagged in the air, but Hennessy had already crossed the plate. The speedy Hernandez beat the throw to first and Butera followed with a double to deep left center, allowing two more runs to score before a fly out and play at the plate ended the inning. Fernandes pitched a 123 bottom of the inning to seal the BC win.
Sophomore Joe Cronin extended his hit streak to a career-long eight games with a 2-for-5 night. He added an RBI to his total as well. Bourdon was also 2-for-5 with a run scored. The Eagles outhit the Irish, 11-5.
Notre Dame starter RHP Sean Fitzgerald went eight innings, allowed seven hits, one run and two walks. He struck out six. Righty Donnie Hissa (0-2) shouldered the loss, going 2.1 innings, allowing two runs and two walks. He did strike out a BC batter.
The Eagles struck first, tallying a run in the third. Butera laced a one-out single to right center and Cronin drove him in with a double to deep center.
The Irish tied the game in the sixth. Blaise Lezynski led off the inning with a single and moved to second when Gorman hit Kyle Fiala with a pitch. Cavan Biggio moved both runners over with a sacrifice bunt and Zak Kutsulis plated Lezynski with a groundout to second. Gorman ended the inning with a grounder to first.
The Eagles threatened in the seventh loading the bases with two outs. Bourdon singled to right and with two away, Sciortino hit a blooper to right to put two on. Hernandez battled to draw a walk to load the bases but Fitzgerald got Butera to fly out to get out of the jam.
In the 10th, BC threatened again by putting runners on the corners with two down as Cronin and sophomore Chris Shaw tallied back-to-back singles. Hissa got sophomore Logan Hoggarth to chop one back to the mound to end the inning.
The Eagles and Irish will play a doubleheader beginning at 2:05 p.m. EST on Saturday at Cougar Stadium to wrap up the series. All ticket proceeds will be donated to the Pete Frates #3 Fund.