Baseball Drops Doubleheader to Notre Dame
April 12, 2014
Chicago, Ill. - The Boston College baseball team lost a twin billing to Notre Dame, 4-2 and 7-0, at Chicago State's Cougar Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles (11-24, 3-15 ACC) took the first game of the series on Friday but the Fighting Irish (14-21, 3-15 ACC) fired back to take the series with the doubleheader wins.
Notre Dame starter RHP Pat Connaughton (1-2) earned his first win in a complete-game effort, giving up six hits, two runs, one walk and striking out six.
The Irish got on the board with one in the first. Conor Biggio started the game with a double to left center before Chin struck out his first batter. With one down, Blaise Lezynski singled to center to plate his teammate. Chin settled in and forced two groundouts to end the inning.
Notre Dame added three to take a 4-0 lead in the fifth on five hits. After Chin had retired 11 of the 12 batters he faced, Forrest Johnson singled down the left-field line and Robert Youngdahl tripled to the corner in right to score one. Lane Richards followed with a double to the left-field corner allowing another run in. Biggio singled to put runners at the corners and Mac Hudgins hit a sharp grounder to short, which sophomore Joe Cronin fielded on the dive, but his throw skipped past Butera at the second-base bag. Richards crossed the plate on the grounder and the Irish had runners at the corners. The Eagles got a 643 double play to get out of the jam.
The Eagles got on the board in the eighth with a run to cut the lead to three. Freshman Michael Strem led off with a double to left and moved to third on a wild pitch. Sciortino drove him in with this third RBI of the season on a groundout to third.
BC's rally in the ninth fell short, but Bourdon was able to push another run across. With two down, Hennessy singled to left center and Bourdon came up with a double to the corner in left. Hennessy hustled around from first to cross the plate. With a runner on second, Strem laced one up the middle but shortstop Lane Richards ranged over and made the play to end the game.
Seven different Eagles tallied hits in the game, but they could not push a run across. They stranded seven in the contest.
LHP Michael Hearne (2-4) pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing seven BC hits without a walk and striking out five.
The Irish struck quickly again, scoring two in the first. Burke hit Mac Hudgins to start the inning and he moved all the way to third on an infield single by Kyle Fiala as freshman third baseman Johnny Adams' throw went wide of the first-base bag. Blaise Lezynski scored Hudgins on a single to center. Burke allowed a one-out walk to load the bases and Forrest Johnson hit a sac fly to center to score a second run before a groundout ended the inning.
Notre Dame added two more in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead. Burke retired nine in a row before walking Johnson. James Nevant tripled to right center to score Johnson and he tagged up on Richards' foul ball down the left-field line. Butera caught a liner to get out of the inning.
Freshman RHP Mike King got the Eagles out of a jam in the fifth as the Irish loaded the bases with no outs against redshirt freshman Luke Fernandes on two hit by pitches and a single. King forced an infield popup and struck out the next two batters to leave them loaded for Notre Dame.
The Irish tagged King with a run in the sixth as Richards doubled with one out and Hudgins nailed a two-out triple to the gap in right center.
Sophomore right-hander John Nicklas got out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the seventh with a strikeout and grounder but surrendered two runs with two outs in the eighth to make it a 7-0 Notre Dame lead. Fiala singled and Lezynski drove him in with a double. Lezynski crossed the plate on a two-bagger by Zak Kutsulis before Nicklas forced a fly out to get out of the inning.
The Eagles return to action on Tuesday, April 15 when they host Rhode Island at Pellagrini Diamond at 3 p.m.