Wiswall's Walk-Off Defeats Harvard, 5-4
April 22, 2008
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Mickey Wiswall laced a two-out single to right field to plate Tony Sanchez from second base to help Boston College (20-21, 5-16 ACC) score three runs in the ninth and defeat Harvard (8-27, 7-9 IL), 5-4, Tuesday afternoon at Commander Shea Field.
Harvard led the Eagles, 4-2, entering the bottom of the ninth. After John Spatola led off with a ground out, pinch-hitter Sam Shaughnessy lined a base hit to left field. Robert Anston followed with a single through the right side to put Eagles on the corners with one down. Michael Belfiore hit a line drive right to the shortstop Jeff Stoeckel, who almost doubled up Anston at second. With two outs, Tony Sanchez drove a double into the left-center field gap to score Shaughnessy and Anston to tie the ball game. Harvard intentionally walked Eric Campbell, to set up Wiswall's game-winning single to right field.
Anston, Wiswall, Spatola and Matt Hamlet all finished with two hits on the day. Wiswall and Sanchez each collected two RBIs, while Anston scored two runs in the victory.
Belfiore (1-0) earned his first victory of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth. BC starter Ted Ratliff did not figure in the decision. The senior tossed six innings and allowed three earned runs and one strikeout.
Harvard had its first opportunity in the top of the third. Max Warren drew a one-out walk off Ratliff. Warren advanced to second on a failed pick off attempt, and later to third on a wild pitch. Ratliff retired leadoff hitter Dillon O'Neill on a line out to first, and Taylor Meehan on a ground out to keep the contest scoreless.
The Crimson scored the first run of the game in the fourth. Matt Vance walked to start the frame. He would come around on a triple to center field by Sean O'Hara to give Harvard the 1-0 advantage.
In the bottom half of the fourth, the Eagles knotted the score, 1-1. Eric Campbell started the inning with a triple down the right field line. Mickey Wiswall knocked in Campbell on a RBI single to center.
Andrew Prince led off the fifth with a double and scored on a RBI single from Max Warren, allowing the Crimson to retake the lead. Warren would score when Matt Rogers got caught in a run down long enough to plate another run for Crimson to lead, 3-1.
BC used a sacrifice fly by Campbell in the fifth to cut the deficit, 3-2, in favor of Harvard.
Harvard tacked on a run in the top of the eighth off BC reliever Nick Asselin. Dillon O'Neill started the rally with a single to left field. After Taylor Meehan sacrificed O'Neill to second, Matt Kramer lined a two-out double down the left-field line to put the Crimson up, 4-2.
The Eagles used the three-run rally in the ninth to pick up the victory and break a three-game losing streak.
BC is back on the diamond Friday at NC State in Raleigh, N.C., with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m.