Baseball Evens Series with NC State
April 19, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. - The Boston College baseball team evened the series with North Carolina State with a 7-5 victory on Saturday evening at Doak Field. The two teams will play the rubber match on Sunday at 1 p.m. While the Eagles (13-25, 4-16 ACC) and Wolfpack (21-16, 7-13 ACC) traded leads early, BC pulled ahead in the fourth and used a two-run fifth and ninth to earn the win.
Led at the plate by sophomore Chris Shaw, who was 3-for-5 and tied his career high with four RBIs, the Eagles outhit the Pack, 11-6. Shaw recorded his second home run of the season and tallied two doubles for eight total bases, a season high for BC. Classmate Joe Cronin was 2-for-3 at the dish, scoring two runs and recording two RBIs of his own. Junior Blake Butera scored two runs and tallied an infield single, extending his hit streak to seven games.
Redshirt sophomore left-hander Andrew Chin (3-2) picked up the win, throwing six innings while allowing six hits, four runs - just two earned - and only two walks. He struck out seven. Before tonight's contest, the southpaw had only given up one home run in his career, but allowed two solo shots to the Pack. Freshman RHP Mike King tallied his first career save, throwing the final three innings. He gave up two hits, including a solo home run, two walks and struck out four.
The Eagles handed State's LHP Patrick Peterson (1-1) his first loss of the season He went five innings and allowed eight hits, five runs - all earned - one walk and three strikeouts.
NC State got on the board in the second with a one-out solo shot by Chance Shepard. After Chin retired the first four batters he faced in the game, he allowed Shepard's shot over the left-field wall.
The Eagles took a one-run lead in the top of the third with two outs. Sophomore Gabriel Hernandez started things off by legging out an infield single on a bunt. Butera followed with an infield single of his own to the edge of the dirt at short. Cronin plated Hernandez with a hard-hit chopper that took a bounce past the third baseman and skipped into left. Shaw followed with a scorcher to the left-field corner that bounced off the wall into the bullpen for a ground-rule double, allowing Butera to cross the plate.
The Pack regained a one-run lead in the bottom of the inning. Trea Turner reached on a fielding error by shortstop Cronin and scored from first on a double down the third-base line by Andrew Knizner. Chin walked Brett Austin and Logan Ratledge singled to center to score Turner from second to put State up, 3-2. Chin ended the inning with swinging strikeout.
BC tied the game in the fourth on a two-out RBI double to the wall in left off the bat of sophomore Stephen Sauter. Redshirt sophomore Nick Colucci scored from first after reaching on a base hit to right center.
Shaw tallied his second home run of the season and the eighth of his career to put the Eagles back on top, 5-3, in the fifth. Cronin drew a one-out walk before Shaw launched one to right center.
NC State got one back in the bottom of the inning as Turner led off with a home run over the right-field wall. Chin settled in and retired the next three batters with three groundouts.
King came on in the seventh and gave up an infield single and a walk to put two on before forcing a fly out. Knizner chopped one back to the mound and King grabbed it out of the air with his bare hand and got the out at second, putting runners at the corners. The righty ended the Pack's scoring chances with three straight pitches, getting Austin to whiff with three swings.
The Eagles added two insurance runs in the top of the inning with two outs on the board. Butera battled to draw a walk and moved into scoring position with a stolen base. Cronin came up big on an 0-2 count with a base hit up the middle, driving in Butera. Shaw followed with a double to deep right center to make it a 7-4 BC lead.
After striking the first two batters of the ninth out, King allowed Turner's second home run of the game to cut the Eagles' lead to two. King ended the game and solidified the BC win with a groundout to second.
The two teams wrap up the series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. game at Doak Field. It will be broadcast on ESPN3.