Baseball Drops Doubleheader at Wake Forest
April 20, 2013
Winston-Salem, N.C. - The Boston College baseball team lost both games of a doubleheader, 5-1 and 9-2, to Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. The Eagles (6-32, 0-19 ACC) were outhit, 19-10, in the two games by the Demon Deacons (22-20,6-14 ACC) and left nine runners on base in the second game.
BC added decals to their helmets to remember the tragic events that happened at the Boston Marathon on April 15. Before the first game, two Winston-Salem residents who ran the marathon threw out the first pitch and there was a moment of silence in honor of the victims. Wake Forest is donating all ticket proceeds from the weekend to the One Fund Boston, set up to help the victims most affected by the tragedy. Also, in the middle of the eighth inning, "Sweet Caroline" was played, a song synonymous with Boston baseball.
Senior Matt Paré led the way for the Eagles on the afternoon with a 4-for-7 performance, tallying three hits in the second game.
In the first game, senior right-hander Hunter Gordon (0-4) allowed five hits, five runs - three earned - two walks and struck out three in 6.2 innings of work, garnering the loss.
Righty Justin Van Grouw (4-5) earned the win, pitching almost a complete game. He went 8.2 innings, allowed three hits, one run, five walks and struck out five. Aaron Fossas earned his first save, getting the last out of the game.
Gordon retired the first nine batters he faced before Wake put three up in the fourth. Evan Stephens drew a lead-off walk and was able to move all the way to third on a sac bunt by Conor Keniry. Charlie Morgan grounded to short to score Stephens and freshman shortstop Joe Cronin's throw skipped away, allowing Morgan to move up to second. Matt Conway drove him in with a two-out double down the left-field line and Jack Carey followed with a double of his own to make it 3-0.
The Deacons added two more in the fifth as Pat Blair knocked a double to deep center with runners on the corners and two outs.
In the sixth, Conway singled past Cronin to start the inning, but after catching a foul ball, sophomore second baseman Blake Butera leap to snag a line drive out of the air and doubled off Conway, who was halfway to second.
The Eagles got their only run in the ninth as Cronin led off with a double to right and landed on third on a wild pitch with senior Matt McGovern at the plate. McGovern walked and Butera grounded into a double play, allowing Cronin to score. Paré kept BC alive with a single through the right side, followed by junior John Hennessy drawing a walk, but with new pitcher Fossas on the mound, freshman Stephen Sauter lined out to left to end the game.
In the second game, junior righty Eric Stevens (0-9) shouldered the loss, pitching five innings and allowing nine hits, five runs - four earned - one walk and striking out three.
Wake starter RHP Matt Pirro went 4.2 innings and allowed five hits, one run, five walks and struck out one. Righty reliever Jack Fischer (2-3) earned the win, going two innings in relief. He did not allow a hit or run, walked one and struck out two.
The Eagles got on the board with a run in the first. With one out, Butera drew a walk and Paré singled up the middle to put runners on the corners. Hennessy laid down a squeeze bunt to plate Butera and tally a single. Sauter singled to right, but was caught in a rundown between first and second and on the same play, Paré was tagged out at the plate to end the inning.
Wake took the lead in the bottom of the inning, scoring two. Mark Rhine tallied a one-out base hit and advanced to second on a bunt single by Blair. Both runners moved into scoring position on stolen bases. Morgan drove them in with a single to right to give the Demon Deacons a 2-1 lead. Morgan was thrown out at the plate on Conway's double to right and Stevens forced a fly out to get out of the inning.
In the sixth, Wake loaded the bases on an infield single, double and walk and went on to score seven runs to go up, 9-1. Graduate student LHP Nate Bayuk relieved Stevens and immediately forced a pop up for the first out. Kevin Conway drew a full-count walk to bring in the first run of the inning and Brett Armour hit a blooper to right for the second. Grant Shambley chopped one to short and Cronin came home with it, but his throw was wide and allowed two runs in. Stephens followed with a sac fly to make it a 7-1 game. Bayuk hit the next batter and Blair doubled to right to plate two more Deacons before a groundout ended the inning.
BC got one back in the eighth with righty Connor Kaden on the mound as Paré and Hennessy tallied back-to-back singles to start the inning and Sauter drew a walk to load the bases. With one out, McGovern grounded one to first to bring home junior Nate LaPointe, who came in to pinch run for Paré.
Freshman right-hander John Nicklas came on in relief in the seventh and retired the first four batters he faced, striking out two. He got himself out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, striking out his third batter and forcing a fly out.
The two teams will play the series finale/rubber match on Sunday, April 21 at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcasted on the ACC Digital Network .