Baseball Takes Series vs. NC State With 11-Inning Win
April 20, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. - The Boston College baseball team pulled out a 9-7, 11-inning victory over North Carolina State on Sunday afternoon at Doak Field. After surrendering a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, the Eagles (14-25, 5-16 ACC) rallied back to score two in the 11th and hold on as senior left-hander Steve Green tallied his first career save.
BC took the series, tallying back-to-back victories on Saturday and Sunday after the Wolfpack (21-17, 7-14 ACC) earned the win on Friday night. It marked the first ACC series win of the year for the Eagles and the first road conference win since they took two-of-three at Duke in April 2011. They are now 4-2 in extra-inning games.
Sophomore Chris Shaw was 3-for-6 with an RBI and run. He was 8-for-14 for a .571 average with two runs, five RBIs, a home run, two doubles and a .929 slugging percentage in the three games. Junior Blake Butera drew three walks on a 1-for-3 day, extending his hit streak to eight games. Senior John Hennessy was 2-for-4 with a three-run triple and while Michael Strem was 2-for-4 with a two-run double. BC outhit State, 15-12, and every Eagle tallied at least one hit in the contest.
Redshirt sophomore lefty Tyler Hinchliffe (1-1) picked up the win, throwing 1.2 scoreless innings without allowing a hit. He walked two and struck out one. Sophomore left-hander Jesse Adams threw 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, allowed just one hit, two walks and struck out one. Classmate right-handed starter Jeff Burke pitched the first 3.2 innings, allowed five hits, four runs, two walks and struck out three.
Pack starter RHP Logan Jernigan lasted only 1.2 innings, allowed four hits, four runs, three walk and struck out one. Lefty Brad Stone (3-2) shouldered the loss, throwing 1.1 innings in relief and allowing one hit, one run, one walk and recording three Ks. The Pack used eight pitchers in the 11-inning contest.
The Eagles started out strong, picking up a four-run lead but the Pack chipped away to even it by the end of the fourth. BC scored four in the second on four hits. Shaw led off with a single to center and Strem followed with a double to the wall in left center. Redshirt sophomore Nick Colucci drew a one-out walk to load the bases and Hennessy came through with his third career triple to clear the bases and put the Eagles up, 3-0. With two down, sophomore Gabriel Hernandez singled to right to plate Hennessy to go up by four.
The Pack scored two in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 4-2. Logan Ratledge led off with a single and Chance Shepard plated him with a double to right center. A groundout moved Shepard to third and he scored on a high chopper to second off the bat of designated hitter Carlos Rodon. Burke ended the inning with a strikeout.
NC State made it a one-run game in the third with two outs as Burke hit Andrew Knizner, who moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Brett Austin drove him in with a double down the right-field line. With runners on the corners from a walk and wild pitch, Burke struck out Shepard to get out of the jam.
State tied the game in the fourth as Preston Palmeiro led off with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Burke got the next two outs with grounders, but Palmeiro was able to move 90 feet away from the plate on a 63 out by Rodon. Garrett Suggs hit a hard one on the ground, which first baseman Hennessy grabbed on the dive, but Suggs beat Burke to the bag, allowing Palmeiro to score the tying run. Burke walked the next batter to put two on and the Eagles went to the pen for Adams, who got out of the inning with a grounder.
BC took the lead back in the fifth as Butera and sophomore Joe Cronin started the inning with back-to-back walks. Right-hander Joe O'Donnell came in to pitch and gave up a one-out double to Strem, who laced one to deep right center, allowing Butera and Cronin to score.
The Eagles added one in the eighth with LHP Cody Beckman on the hill. Colucci led off with a double to right and Hennessy moved him over on a sacrifice bunt. State brought in righty Jon Olczak, who gave up an RBI single to sophomore Stephen Sauter to make it a 7-4 BC lead.
NC State tied the game in the ninth to force extras. With redshirt freshman RHP Luke Fernandes on the hill and one out, Trea Turner doubled down the right line and stole third to move into scoring position. A grounder to short, which Cronin misplayed, scored the first run. Three straight singles brought home the second run and made it a one-run game. BC went to the pen for Hinchliffe, who got the next batter to pop out, but walked in the tying run. He kept the game going with a grounder to first.
BC took the lead in the 11th as Cronin and Shaw drove in runs to put the Eagles back on top. Stone began the inning, but was replaced by LHP Ryan Williamson after allowing a walk to Sauter. Hernandez reached first when Pack third baseman Knizner got the out at second on a sac bunt attempt, and he moved into scoring position on a single by Butera. Cronin plated the go-ahead run with a double to center. Shaw singled through the right side to bring in an insurance run.
In the bottom of the inning, Hinchliffe walked the first batter he faced before the Eagles went to the pen for freshman right-hander Bobby Skogsbergh. He gave up a single to put two on, but got an infield fly for the first out. Green saw one batter and forced a 643 double play to seal the BC victory.
The Eagles will play at Northeastern on Monday at 11:30 a.m. in the consolation game of the Beanpot Tournament.