Baseball Drops Beanpot Game to Northeastern
April 21, 2014
Brookline, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team fell, 4-3, to Northeastern in the consolation game of the 2014 Beanpot Tournament at Friedman Diamond on Monday afternoon. Seniors Tom Bourdon and John Hennessy tallied solo home runs in the contest, but they were not enough to lift the Eagles (14-26) to victory over the Huskies (16-21).
Sophomore Joe Cronin led BC with a 2-for-3 performance with two doubles while Bourdon had a 2-for-4 afternoon. Junior Blake Butera extended his season-long his streak to nine games on a 1-for-4 day while sophomore Chris Shaw extended his hit streak to six games going 1-for-2 with two walks, including one intentional.
The last time the Eagles tallied two home runs in the same game was on April 2, 2013 when Shaw hit two at Connecticut.
Senior RHP Eric Stevens (0-4) went six innings, allowed five hits, four runs - all earned - and two walks. He struck out five. Junior LHP Nick Poore and sophomore RHP John Nicklas pitched a scoreless inning each and Nicklas struck out two, pitching a 123 eighth.
Northeastern starter LHP Isaac Lippert went only 2.1 innings, allowed three hits, one run, two walks and struck out one. Right-hander Nick Cubarney (1-2) got the win, throwing 3.2 innings and allowing three hits, two runs and one walk with two Ks. Righty Mike Fitzgerald earned the save, pitching the last three innings, allowing just one hit, no runs, walking one and striking out two.
The Huskies tallied the first run of the game in the first as Connor Lyons led off with a single to right and stole second to move into scoring position. With one down, Jason Vosler drove him in with a base hit to center. Stevens settled in and ended the inning with two strikeouts.
The Eagles evened the score in the third. They loaded the bases with one out on a hit by pitch and two walks. Shaw plated the tying run with a single to right before the Huskies went to the pen for Cubarney. Cubarney forced a double play to get out of the inning.
NU got the lead right back in the bottom of the inning. Josh Treff led off with a double, but on Lyons' ensuing grounder to second, Butera threw to third to get the lead runner. Stevens loaded the bases on a walk and hit by pitch but forced a shallow fly for the second out. Brad Burcroff launched one to the deepest part of the field in center to clear the bases, giving the Huskies a 4-1 lead. Burcroff tried to stretch his triple into an inside-the-park home run, but Bourdon relayed to Cronin, who threw to the plate and sophomore catcher Stephen Sauter applied the tag to end the inning.
Bourdon then started the fourth with a solo shot, his first of the season and the 12th of his career, to bring the Eagles within two.
Hennessy cut the lead to one with his own solo shot with two away in the sixth. It was his first of the season and the second of his career.
Fitzgerald retired the final seven BC batters to help the Huskies to the win.
The Eagles return to action on Wednesday, April 23 for a 6 p.m. game against St. John's at Thomas Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Conn. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door or at www.cttigers.com.