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Baseball Falls in Close Series Finale No. 19 NC State

Butera extended his hit streak to eight games with one of the Eagles' four hits.

Butera extended his hit streak to eight games with one of the Eagles' four hits.

April 14, 2013

Box Score

Chestnut Hill, Mass - The Boston College baseball team lost a close game to 19th-ranked NC State, 3-2, to wrap up the series on Sunday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. The Wolfpack (28-10, 11-7 ACC) took all three games of the weekend set from the Eagles (6-29, 0-17 ACC).

In what turned out to be another pitchers' duel for the second Sunday in a row, the Eagles scored the first run of the game in the seventh, but the Pack fired back with three in the eighth, capitalizing on two BC errors to take the win. The Maroon and Gold retaliated with one in the ninth and had the winning run at the plate, but could not best NC State. BC outhit State, 4-3, and both teams left five on base.

Redshirt freshman left-hander Andrew Chin (1-8) pitched seven innings and allowed just two hits in the loss. He was charged with two runs, two walks and struck out seven. Sophomore righty reliever John Gorman replaced Chin in the eighth with runners on first and second. He allowed one hit, one unearned run, a walk and struck out one.

State's right-handed reliever Andrew Woeck (4-1) earned the win, finishing the seventh for starter LHP Brad Stone. He tallied one hit, one walk and one K in 0.2 innings. Stone pitched 6.1 innings and allowed two hits, one run, one walk and struck out eight. Grant Sasser tallied his fifth save, pitching the ninth and giving up a hit and a run while striking out one.

Sophomore Blake Butera tied a season-long, eight-game hit streak and scored the Eagles' first run of the afternoon. Sophomore John Hennessy was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk and junior Nate LaPointe recorded BC's other RBI in a pinch-hitting appearance.

Chin gave up a lead-off double to start the game, but settled in and retired the next six batters he faced. He struck out the side in the second and tallied four Ks in a row.

The Eagles were the first to get on the board, scoring the same inning that they tallied their first hit of the game. Butera led off with a single to left. With one down, Hennessy doubled to right center and Butera hustled around from first to cross the plate and give BC the 1-0 lead.

The Pack fired back with three in the eighth. Grant Clyde reached first on an error and Matt Bergquist walked to put two on. Gorman came in the game and Trea Turner laid down a bunt and reached when Gorman overthrew the first-base bag, allowing pinch runner Logan Ratledge to score and tie the game. With runners on second and third, Brett Austin hit a sac fly to left to give NC State a 2-1 lead. After BC intentionally walked Terran Senay to put runners on the corners, Brett Williams singled to left, giving the Wolfpack an insurance run. BC got out of the inning on a 63 double play, executed by freshman shortstop Joe Cronin.

After Gorman retired the side in the top of the ninth, the Eagles had their last chance to even the score. They got one back when Hennessy, who was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a double by freshman Logan Hoggarth, scored on a groundout to first by LaPointe. With two down, senior Matt McGovern battled Sassar at the plate to a full count. On a check swing, there was an appeal down to the third-base umpire, who ruled that the BC hitter went around, ending the game and giving the Wolfpack the one-run win.

The Eagles will host Rhode Island at Shea Field on Tuesday, April 16 at 3 p.m.

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