Baseball Nipped by St. John's, 5-4
April 18, 2004
The Boston College baseball team let in three runs with two outs in the eighth inning to fall to visiting St. John's University, 5-4, Sunday at Shea Field. With the BIG EAST series loss, BC dropped to 5-5 and 14-19 overall. The Red Storm improved to 20-13 and 9-4 in the league.
St. John's designated hitter Chris Joachim launched a two-run home run to left center off BC starting pitcher Matt O'Donnell (Marlboro, Mass.) with two outs in the eighth to lift the Johnnies to the 4-3 edge. The next batter, Anthony DeRosa, doubled to right center, chasing O'Donnell out of the game after 115 pitches. BC senior reliever Mike Gauthier (Salem, Mass.) then surrendered a single to pinch hitter Matt Robinson, who drove in the game-winning run.
In the bottom half of the inning, BC tallied one run to make it 5-4 when Ryan Morgan, who walked to lead off the frame and moved up on a wild pitch and groundout, came home on Garrett Greer's (Peabody, Mass.) second RBI single of the day. The Eagles had runners on the corners with two outs but could not plate the game-tying tally only 90 feet away.
O'Donnell gave up a home run to his first batter of the day, Mike Rozema, but then settled and continued to dispatch of eight of his next 10 batters, thanks in part to four consecutive steady assists by shortstop Ryan Leahy (Salem, Mass.).
In BC's first at bat, Ryan Leahy (Salem, Mass.) and Ryan Morgan (Weymouth, Mass.) each brought in a run for the 2-1 Eagle advantage to which St. John's answered in the third with Brett Hershelman's RBI and game-tying single. Greer was responsible for BC's third run, a hard-slapped ball through the right side which took a bad bounce on first baseman Eddie Schulz and was bobbled by right fielder Blake Hershelman.
O'Donnell took the loss, allowing a total of five runs - four earned - on 10 hits with five strikeouts. Anthony Varvaro earned the mound win for SJU, allowing six hits in 7.0 innings. Craig Hansen allowed an unearned run with one hit though 2.0 innings for the save, his fourth of the season.
BC plays Harvard in the Baseball Beanpot Tournament at Campanelli Stadium on Tuesday, April 20. Game time is 8 p.m.