April 14, 1999
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Clutch hitting from freshman shortstop Jamie Athas and strong relief pitching from senior righthander Marc DesRoches helped the Providence College Friars pull out a come-from-behind, 9-8 win in ten innings Wednesday afternoon at PC's Hendricken Field.
Athas, who had three hits on the afternoon, drove in the tying run in the bottom of the eighth and then delivered the game winning hit in the last of the tenth to drive in Angelo Ciminiello with the winning run from second. DesRoches pitched one-and-2/3 innings of one-hit relief to improve his record to 8-1 on the year and 4-0 in BIG EAST play. David Conley took the loss in relief of starter Paul Bibbo to fall to 2-4 on the season.
The Friars who trailed 6-1 and 8-3 in the game rallied with four runs in the bottom of the eighth and then took the win with a run in the bottom of the tenth. Trailing 8-4 in the bottom of the eighth, senior second baseman Paul Costello led off the inning against Bibbo with a home run, his second of the year. Mike O'Keefe followed with a double to right center. Bibbo then retired Keith Reed and Neal McCarthy. The Eagles' starter then walked Ciminiello to bring on left hander David Conley. Pinch-hitter Jeremy Sweet hit a grounder to short that got by Eagles' shortstop Mike Hubbard. Left fielder Joe Kealty then misplayed the ball allowing O'Keefe and Ciminiello to score with Sweet advancing to third. Athas promptly singled him in, one of three rbi's on the game and the score was tied 8-8.
The Eagles got out to a fast start as PC starter Josh Burnham allowed six runs on eight hits including two home runs in the first 4-and1/3 innings. Catcher Jeff Waldron had a solo homer in the second. Third baseman Eric Olson added a two-run blast in the fourth. Sophomore Andy Scott surrendered a two-run homer in the fifth to Sean McGowan, his 19th of the season to give BC and 8-3 lead. Kealty led the Eagles with a 3-for-6 game.
PC got three hits from O'Keefe and Athas in the game. Reed hit his 17th home run of the season to give him 36 for his career tying Ed Walsh for first on PC's career homer list with 36.
The win improves PC to 31-10 on the season and 7-6 in BIG EAST play. The Eagles fall to 13-13 on the season and 3-7 in league play.
PC travels to Harvard for a single game on Thursday afternoon. Game time in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 3:00 p.m.
Boston College (13-13, 3-7) 0 1 0 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 - 8 11 3
Providence (31-10, 7-6) 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 4 0 1 - 9 11 2
Paul Bibbo, David Conley (8) and Jeff Waldron.
Josh Burnham, Andy Scott (5), Marc DesRoches (9) and Dan Conway.
Winner: PC - DesRoches (8-1)
Loser: BC - Conley (2-4)
Home Runs: BC - Jeff Waldron (4), Sean McGowan (19),
Eric Olson (4).
PC - Keith Reed (17), Paul Costello (2).