Baseball Falls to Wake Forest in 11 Innings
April 21, 2013
Winston-Salem, N.C. - The Boston College baseball team lost a 10-9, 11-inning game to Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon to wrap up the series at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The Eagles (6-33, 0-20 ACC) scored a season-high seven runs in the third to take an early lead, but the Demon Deacons (23-20, 7-14 ACC) used a five-run third and a three-run fourth, capitalizing on six BC walks and two fielding errors to climb back into the game and take the lead. The Eagles tied the game at nine on a two-RBI single by junior John Hennessy in the seventh but Wake scored the winning run on an infield single in the 11th.
After 18 runs were scored in the first six innings between the two teams, the Eagles and Deacons played scoreless baseball from the seventh until the 11th, when Wake was able to push across the winning run on a close call at first base. Sophomore lefty Nick Poore (0-2) ended the 10th with a fly out and got the first out of the 11th before Jack Carey doubled just fair inside the left-field line. With two outs, Brett Armour knocked a hard-hit chopper to short and freshman Joe Cronin fielded it cleanly and threw to first. On a close play, the umpire called the runner safe while pinch runner Joey Rodriguez was coming home to score the winning run.
Freshman left-handed reliever Jesse Adams pitched a career-high 4.2 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just two hits, two walks and struck out three. He retired nine straight from the seventh through the 10th. Starter redshirt freshman LHP Andrew Chin lasted only two innings, allowed five hits, five runs - four earned - and walked two.
Hennessy led the Maroon and Gold with a 3-for-5 performance, three RBIs and one run. Sophomore Blake Butera and seniors Matt Paré and Matt McGovern recorded two hits apiece. The Eagles tallied a season-high five double plays in the field.
Aaron Fossas (1-0) earned the win for the Deacs. He went 3.2 innings, allowing two hits, one walk and struck out one without allowing a run in. Lefty starter Austin Stadler gave up seven runs, all unearned, to BC in a 2.1-inning start. He gave up six hits, two walks and struck out three.
The Eagles put up seven runs in the third, the most they have scored in an inning this year. McGovern led off with single up the middle and the Eagles loaded the bases as Cronin reached on an error and Butera singled. Paré hit one at first baseman Matt Conway, who mishandled the ball, allowing McGovern to score and Paré to reach. With the bases still loaded, Hennessy drew a walk to plate the second run. After Butera scored from third on a wild pitch, the Eagles reloaded the bases as freshman Stephen Sauter walked and classmate Logan Hoggarth nailed on just inside the right-field foul line to score two more. Sophomore Travis Ferrick, the ninth hitter of the inning, knocked an RBI single to left and McGovern followed, lacing one back at Stadler. It hit off his foot, allowing Hoggarth to score. New pitcher RHP Jack Fischer came in and got a strikeout before McGovern was picked off first to end the inning.
McGovern was the first player to tally two hits in the same inning since Brad Zapenas hit a single and a home run against Bryant on April 6, 2011.
Wake came back in the bottom of the inning, scoring five. Joe Napolitano singled and Grant Shambley doubled to start the inning. Evan Stephens grounded one to short and it went between Cronin's legs to allow both runs in. The Demon Deacons loaded the bases with another single and a walk and Matt Conway doubled to deep center to score to two more. Freshman right-hander Jeff Burke entered the game and walked the first batter he faced after battling to a full count. Kevin Conway hit a sacrifice fly to left for the fifth run of the inning. Armour flied to right and Matt Conway tried to tag up from third by right fielder Ferrick threw him out at the plate for the third out.
The Deacons took the lead in the fourth on one hit, four walks and an error. They loaded the bases on a single, an error on a bunt and a walk with one out. Burke gave up a walk to bring in one run and sophomore RHP John Gorman came on in relief with the bases still loaded. He walked the first batter he faced to bring home the tying run and after getting a strikeout looking, he walked another batter to give Wake the 8-7 lead.
Wake added a run in the fifth when Mark Rhine singled to left with one out with runners on first and third. Freshman third baseman Gabriel Hernandez ended the inning on a hard-hit chopper, stepping on the bag and crossing across the diamond to first for the double play.
The Eagles tied the game in the sixth on a two-run single by Hennessy. With one out, Butera tallied an infield single and Paré followed with a ground-rule double over the right-field fence. Lefty Niko Spezial entered the game and Hennessy laced on to right, allowing both runners to cross the plate and tie the game at nine.
The Eagles return to action on Tuesday, April 23 with a home game against Hartford at 3 p.m.