Baseball Loses in Extras to Rhode Island
April 16, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team lost a 3-2 game in 10 innings to Rhode Island on Tuesday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. The Eagles (6-30) mounted an early lead, but the Rams (19-17) tied the game and neither team could push a run across until the 10th, when URI scored the game-winner on a passed ball.
The Rams outhit the Eagles, 12-4, and BC stranded five while URI stranded 11.
After seven scoreless innings of baseball, the Rams had runners at the corners in the 10th with one out on two singles and a sac bunt. The pitch from sophomore right-handed reliever John Gorman (2-4) got away from senior catcher Matt Paré and Kevin Stenhouse was able to score the winning run. Gorman forced a fly out and after a walk, a strikeout to end the inning, but the Eagles could not retaliate in their last at bat.
BC sophomore right-handed starter Eric Stone allowed seven hits, two runs - both earned - walked one and struck out two in four innings of work. The Eagles' bullpen of sophomore Nick Poore, freshmen Jesse Adams, Jeff Burke, John Nicklas and graduate student Nate Bayuk threw five combined innings of shutout baseball, allowing three hits, two walks and three strikeouts.
URI's lefty reliever Rob Curran (2-0) earned the win, going four innings without allowing a hit, run or walk and striking out four. Bobby Dean tallied his seventh save with a 123 10th inning. Starter Milan Mantle gave up four hits, two runs - both unearned - one walk and struck out three in the first five innings.
The Rams tallied a run in their first at bat as Tim Caputo singled with one down and stole second. Mike LeBel knocked one to left with two outs and Caputo beat the throw to the plate to put URI on the board.
The Eagles fired back in the bottom of the inning, scoring two to take the lead. Freshman Joe Cronin reached second on a throwing error by third baseman LeBel and sophomore Blake Butera was hit by a pitch to put two on. Both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch and Paré plated Cronin with a blooper to left center. With Eagles on the corners, junior John Hennessy grounded into double play, but Butera was able to score the go-ahead run.
URI tied the game at two in the second when Joe Landi reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second on base hit and scored on an RBI single to left.
The Eagles travel to Winston-Salem to take on Wake Forest for a conference matchup beginning on Friday, April 19 at 6 p.m.