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Baseball Falls, 16-9, to No. 18 NC State in Rubber Match

Freshman Blake Butera

Freshman Blake Butera

April 21, 2012

Box Score

Raleigh, N.C. - Boston College baseball lost to No. 18 NC State, 16-9, in the rubber match of the series at Doak Field at Dail Park on Saturday evening. The Eagles (15-25, 6-15 ACC) surrendered a season-high 19 hits to the Wolfpack (26-12, 13-8 ACC) while tallying nine hits. They took the lead three times, but could not hold on late in the game.

Senior Marc Perdios extended a career-long hit streak to eight games, going 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Sophomore Tom Bourdon tallied three RBIs on one hit.

Freshman RHP Geoffrey Murphy (1-1) took the loss, pitching three innings of relief. He gave up six hits four runs, one walk and struck out two. Freshman south paw Tyler Hinchliffe started the game and went two innings, allowed six hits, five runs - two earned - two walks and struck out one.

RHP Anthony Tzamtzis (4-3) registered the win for the Wolfpack. He went four innings, allowed three hits, two runs, both unearned, walked one and stuck out five.Starter RHP Logan Jernigan pitched five innings, allowed six hits, seven runs - four earned - three walks and struck out six.

The Eagles scored two in the first to take an early lead as Perdios and freshman Blake Butera both drew walks. Bourdon grounded out to move the two into scoring position and senior Anthony Melchionda plated Perdios on a groundout to short. Junior Rob Moir smoked one under the first baseman's glove to score Butera for the 2-0 Eagle lead.

The Wolfpack came back to go up, 4-2, in the bottom of the inning. Back-to-back singles put runners on first and second and a throwing error scored one. A groundout plated a second run and with runners on first and third and two outs, Logan Ratledge laced one to center to score two more.

The Eagles retook the lead in the third. Perdios plated junior Matt Paré, who had doubled and moved to third on a wild pitch, and Butera tallied his third home run of the year to put the Eagles up, 5-4.

The Pack got the run back in the bottom of the inning, as Bergquist led off with a walk, moved to second on a single and scored on a two-out double by Danny Canela. It scored two in the bottom of the third to take a 7-5 lead on a two-out, two-run single by Trea Turner.

The Eagles regained the lead in the sixth, scoring three. They loaded bases as senior Spenser Payne singled, Paré was hit by a pitch and freshman Travis Ferrick laid down a bunt and reached on a throwing error. With two outs, Bourdon singled to center, bringing home Payne and Paré and Ferrick scored when centerfielder Jake Fincher bobbled the ball.

BC's 8-7 lead didn't last, as the Pack tallied five runs to go up, 12-8, in the bottom of the inning. Turner stood on third after a single, balk and passed ball. He scored on Chris Diaz's double to right. Freshman right-hand reliever John Gorman came in and Ryan Mathews smacked one past shortstop Butera to score Diaz. Canela singled to score Mathews before the Eagles could record an out. After a Gorman strikeout to get two outs on the board, Ratledge reached on a fielding error, scoring one more Pack run.

NC State added two runs the next inning as Diaz scored Turner on a double down the left-field line and Diaz came home on a stolen base and a balk.

The Eagles got a run back in the eighth as they loaded the bases when Paré drew a walk, Perdios singled and Butera reached on a fielder's choice to short. Bourdon plated Paré on a sac fly to make it 14-9. State scored two in the eighth on a single by Diaz, plating Ratledge, who singled and Turner, who walked.

The Eagles will host St. Johns at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Conn., on Tuesday, April 24 at 5:30 p.m.

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