Baseball Takes Game Three Vs. Maryland, 18-6
April 14, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Eagles broke open a 7-5 contest with an 11-run outburst to defeat Maryland in the series finale Saturday at Shipley Field. BC opened a 7-1 lead early on the Terrapins, then fought off a Maryland comeback with the scoring barrage starting in the five-run fifth inning.
Eagles reliever Ted Ratliff picked up the win, pitching 2.1 scoreless innings. Maryland starter Kevin Biringer took the loss after allowing the first three runs of the day in two innings of work.
BC center fielder Peter Frates highlighted the Eagle offense, as he recorded eight RBIs in a 4-for-6 day at the plate, including two home runs. For Maryland, second baseman Steve Braun went 3-for-5 with an RBI. The Eagles out-hit the Terrapins by a 24-12 margin, the most hits allowed this season by Maryland.
Eight different Maryland pitchers saw time on the hill, with junior Brad Taylor having a successful scoreless outing, allowing just two hits in two innings of work.
Both teams scored in the first inning, with Michael Belfiore's two-run blast giving BC an early 2-0 lead. Maryland responded in the bottom half, as AJ Casario induced a bases-loaded error to score Braun.
Maryland responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning to cut the gap to three. Sophomore Gerry Spessard's groundout scored the first run of the day, while senior Jon Greenwich and sophomore Mike Moss each notched an RBI with a double and a single, respectively.
In the next inning, Spessard doubled to score Braun, moving the Terps within two runs.
The Terps would advance no further, though, as Boston College scored five runs in the fifth inning. Frates' grand slam, along with an RBI single by Mike Augustine, left the score at 12-5.
BC repeated the feat again in the sixth, with Frates' second round-tripper of the day plating three runs. Tony Sanchez and Augustine doubled and singled, respectively, to add a pair of runs. Belfiore's RBI single in the seventh inning closed out the Eagles' scoring.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Braun's groundout scored pinch hitter Chad Durakis for the Terps' sixth run of the afternoon.
With the loss, Maryland dropped its third-straight ACC series, while Boston College picked up its second ACC series victory of the year.
The Eagles will look to keep the winning ways going as they take on Harvard University on Tuesday, April 17 in Lynn, Mass at 3:00 p.m.