Baseball Walks Off Against UMass-Lowell
April 16, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team earned a 7-6, 10-inning victory over UMass-Lowell on Wednesday evening at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. Junior Blake Butera tallied his fourth career walk-off RBI single to bring home the winning run, while freshman Michael Strem had a break-out game, going 3-for-4 with five RBIs and two doubles.
In a back-and-forth game, either the Eagles (12-24) or River Hawks (10-14) scored in every inning but the seventh and ninth. Trailing in the eighth, BC scored two to tie the game and then Butera drove in freshman Johnny Adams for the team's third extra-innings victory of the season. Adams drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a groundout by classmate Nick Sciortino.
Redshirt freshman right-hander Luke Fernandes (3-1) pitched the final three innings for the Maroon and Gold and allowed just one hit. He did not give up a walk or run. Sophomore starter righty Jeff Burke pitched the first two innings, allowed one hit, one unearned run, one walk and struck out three.
Strem has tallied a hit in the last four games played. Butera was 3-for-6 while sophomore Chris Shaw and Logan Hoggarth were 2-for-4 with one and three runs scored, respectively. Adams tallied the Eagles' other RBI.
UML righty Steve Xirinachs (1-2) shouldered the loss. He went two innings, allowed two hits, one run, two walks and struck out two. Starter RHP Garrett Cole pitched two innings allowed three hits and two runs. He did not walk a batter or strike one out.
The Eagles outhit the River Hawks, 13-10, but committed three errors on the day. BC used six pitchers in the midweek affair, while UML used five.
The River Hawks tallied a run in the first as Danny Mendick drew a walk and then moved up on an infield single. He took off to steal third and catcher Sciortino threw down, but the throw went into the outfield, allowing a run in. Burke struck out the final two outs to end the inning.
The Eagles fired back with two runs in the second to take the lead. Shaw led off with a single to center and senior Tom Bourdon reached with a dive around Cole's tag on an infield hit to put runners on first and second. Strem launched a double to the wall in left center to plate both teammates.
Mendick tied the game with senior right-hander Eric Stevens on the hill, hitting his second home run over the left-field fence with two down in the third.
BC loaded the bases in the fourth with right-hander Raz Bracha throwing as Shaw singled again and Hoggarth and Bourdon drew walks. Strem tallied his third RBI with a sacrifice fly to center, allowing Shaw to tag up.
The River Hawks fired off four straight doubles with sophomore RHP John Nicklas on the mound to take a 5-3 lead in the fifth. Jack Trotman started the inning with a double to right and Kelly Rooney plated him with a two-bagger just inside the left-field line. Luke Reynolds doubled to right to give UML the lead and Mendick put the Hawks up by two with a double to center. Sophomore LHP Jesse Adams came in shut the River Hawks down, tallying a strikeout and two groundouts to get out of the inning.
The Eagles cut the lead to one in the sixth with left-hander Thulani Denaro on the hill. Hoggarth led off with a blooper to right and stole second to move into scoring position. Strem came through again with another double, this time just inside the left-field line, to score Hoggarth.
Freshman RHP Mike King struck out three of the four batters he faced in the seventh, but was tagged with an unearned run in the eighth, giving the River Hawks a 6-4 lead. Jimmy Ricoy reached on an errant throw by sophomore shortstop Joe Cronin and he moved into scoring position on a base hit. Fernandes was called in from the bullpen and got the first out on a sacrifice bunt. Ian Strom hit a sac fly to center to play Ricoy before Fernandes ended the inning with a fly ball to center.
BC tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Hoggarth led off with a double to right and with one down, Strem knocked him in with a single to left. Strem moved into scoring position with his first career stolen base and crossed the plate on an RBI single by classmate Adams.
The Eagles travel to Raleigh, N.C., for a weekend series against NC State beginning on Friday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m.