Baseball Drops Doubleheader to No. 19 NC State
April 13, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team lost a pair of close games, 6-5 and 6-2, to 19th-ranked NC State at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field on Saturday afternoon. The Wolfpack (27-10, 10-7 ACC) outhit the Eagles (6-28, 0-16 ACC) by one, 16-15, in the two games.
Freshman Gabriel Hernandez led the way with a 3-for-6 performance on the day, tallying a sac fly and stealing two bases. Sophomore Blake Butera and senior Matt Paré each recorded three hits while freshman Chris Shaw registered three RBIs on the afternoon.
In the first game, the Eagles lost an early 5-0 lead to fall, 6-5, as the Pack used a four-run fourth and a two-run sixth, capitalizing on three BC errors. Freshman right-handed reliever Jeff Burke (0-1) picked up the loss, going four innings, allowing four hits, two runs - one earned - no walks and striking out one. Senior RHP Hunter Gordon allowed four hits, four runs - all earned - three walks and struck out five in his five-inning start.
Lefty DJ Thomas (2-0) earned the win for the Wolfpack in 3.1 innings of relief work. He allowed two hits, one walk, struck out three and did not let a run in. The Eagles scored all five of their runs off left-handed starter Carlos Rodon, who worked the first two innings, allowed four hits, four walks and struck out two. Grant Sasser recorded his fourth save, going the final three, walking just one and striking out three.
Gordon started the game with three straight strikes to get the first out looking and continued to retire the first eight of the nine batters he faced, striking out three.
The Eagles took a 3-0 lead in the first as freshman Joe Cronin lead off with a walk and Butera singled up the middle. Junior John Hennessy moved both runners into scoring position with a sac bunt and Cronin came home on a passed ball. Junior Tom Bourdon and freshman Logan Hogarth then drew two-out walks to load the bases and Shaw knocked one into center to plate two runs.
Paré added to the Eagles lead in the second on a single to right. Hernandez led off with a single up the middle and stole second before Cronin earned his second walk of the day. Butera moved them over with a sacrifice bunt, but Hennessy was hit to load the bases for Paré, who recorded his ninth and 10th RBIs of the year.
The Pack got on the board in the fourth, when Gordon allowed his first hits of the game. Trea Turner led off with a single and stole second. After Jake Fincher walked, Brett Austin plated Turner with a base hit up the middle. Tarren Senay singled through the right side to plate another run and Austin came home on a one-out single by Sam Morgan. Senay scored the fourth run when centerfield Bourdon mishandled Morgan's base hit. Gordon forced two ground outs to get out of the inning with a one-run lead.
State took the lead in the sixth, tallying two runs on two hits and two errors with Burke on the mound. Senay led off with a base hit and with one out, Morgan singled to center. The runners advanced to second and third on a throwing error by Bourdon. Both runners came home on an error by shortstop Cronin, as a ground ball skipped off him into the outfield.
In the second game, BC again took an early lead, but a five-run third propelled State to clinch the series.
Junior RHP Eric Stevens (0-8) shouldered the loss, going six innings, allowing seven hits, six runs - all earned - four walks and striking out two. Sophomore lefty reliever Nick Poore retired six of the seven he faced while freshman righty John Nicklas tallied a 123 ninth with one K.
The Pack's righty Ryan Wilkins (5-1) earned the win, giving up six hits, two runs - both earned - two walks and four Ks in seven innings. Right-hander Chris Overman earned his fifth save of the year by ending the game with a strikeout swinging with BC runners on the corners.
The Eagles started the scoring with a run in the second as Paré led off with a one-out single and Hoggarth knocked a base hit to right center, allowing his teammate to reach third. Shaw hit a grounder to second, which Logan Ratledge bobbled, and Paré crossed the plate.
The Pack came back to take a 5-1 lead in the top of the third, loading the bases on two walks and a hit by pitch. With one out, Fincher hit a blooper to shallow left to tie the game at one. Austin knocked one through the right side, scoring two and giving NC State the lead. Senay followed with a double to center, plating two more. Stevens got the next out looking and third baseman Hernandez fielded a hard-hit chopper to end the inning.
State added a run the following inning with Grant Clyde leading off with a double, moving to third on a bunt single by Ratledge and scoring on a sac fly by Turner. Paré caught Ratledge stealing for the second out before a ground out retired the side.
The Eagles got one back in the seventh when Hoggarth laced one down the third-base line to start off the bottom half of the inning. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sac fly by Hernandez.
With two down in the ninth, senior Matt McGovern reached on an infield single in the hole between short and third and hustled to third on another base hit by Hernandez. NC State went to the pen for Overman, who ended the game on a strikeout to preserve the Pack win.
The two teams wrap up the series on Sunday, April 14 with a noon game.