Baseball Drops Series Opener to NC State
April 18, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. - The Boston College baseball team fell, 5-1, to North Carolina State on Friday evening at Doak Field. Although junior right-handed starter John Gorman picked up the loss, he tallied a career-high seven strikeouts in a strong outing.
The Eagles (12-25, 3-16 ACC) kept it close with the Wolfpack (21-15, 7-12 ACC), but could not string together enough hits to pull ahead. State outhit BC, 9-7, and neither team recorded an error. The Eagles stranded eight men on base, while NC State left 10.
Gorman (2-6) threw 5.2 innings, allowing seven hits, four runs - three earned - and five walks. Junior lefty reliever Nick Poore made quick work in the eighth, striking out three. His only base runner was a hit batsman.
Sophomore Chris Shaw turned in a 2-for-3 performance while senior Tom Bourdon was 2-for-4. Junior Blake Butera recorded was 1-for-3 with the Eagles' only RBI of the night. He has tallied a hit in the last six games, tying his season-long hit streak.
NC State starter LHP Carlos Rodon (3-6) went eight innings, allowed six hits, one run, three walks and he struck out seven.
The Pack struck first, scoring two runs in the first even though Gorman struck out the side. Andrew Knizner knocked a one-out single through the right side and moved to second when Gorman issued a two-out walk to Logan Ratledge. Preston Palmeiro drove in Knizner with a base hit to right. Ratledge moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball to give NC State a 2-0 lead.
Good defense kept it a two-run game in the fourth as Jake Armstrong led off with a double to the wall in right and tried to stretch it into a triple, but right fielder Shaw relayed to sophomore shortstop Joe Cronin, who gunned it to sophomore third baseman Gabriel Hernandez for the out. It marked Shaw's fifth outfield assist of the season.
The Eagles cut the lead to one with a two-out run in the fifth. Senior John Hennessy drew a walk and freshman Nick Sciortino was hit by a pitch to put two on. Butera knocked one to center to score Hennessy and make it a 2-1 game. Hernandez chopped one to third and beat out the throw to first to load the bases, but Rodon was able to strike out Cronin to get out of the jam.
The Pack tacked on two more with two outs in the sixth to take a 4-1 lead. Jake Fincher led off with a single and stole second before Gorman tallied the next two outs. He then walked Trea Turner on four pitches to put two on. Redshirt freshman RHP Luke Fernandes entered from the pen and Knizner hit the first pitch he saw through the left side for a double. With the hit and run on, both runners were able to score.
NC State added a run in the seventh to take the 5-1 lead. Ratledge drew a walk and after forcing a fly out, Fernandes gave up a second walk to put two on. Fincher singled through the left side to plate Ratledge. Fernandes then picked off Fincher and got a strikeout to end the inning.
The Eagles threatened in the eighth and ninth but could not force any runs across. In the eighth, Cronin and Shaw recorded back-to-back singles but Rodon was able to get a strikeout to get out of the inning. In the ninth with new pitch righty John Olczak on the hill, Bourdon started things with a blooper to center. Freshman Michael Strem drew a four-pitch walk to put two on and Hennessy flied one to left. Left fielder Jake Armstrong dropped the ball but was able to throw Bourdon out on a close play at third. A double play ended the game.
The Eagles and Wolfpack return on Saturday for a 6:30 p.m. start. The game will be available on ESPN3.