Baseball Falls to St. John's, 4-2
April 23, 2014
Norwich, Conn. - The Boston College baseball team dropped a 4-2 decision to St. John's at Dodd Stadium on Wednesday evening. Sophomore Gabriel Hernandez led the way for the Eagles (14-27) at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two walks and scoring both BC runs.
Junior Blake Butera extended his hit streak to a season-long 10 game with a 1-for-2 night and he was hit by a pitch twice for the third time this season. Sophomore Chris Shaw led off the ninth with a single up the middle to extend his current hit streak to seven games. He also recorded the Eagles' only RBI of the game.
The Red Storm (24-14) outhit BC, 12-7, and both teams committed two errors. The Eagles' miscues allowed St. John's to score two runs after a tie ballgame. BC left 15 men on base, while St. John's stranded 11.
Freshman right-hander Justin Dunn pitched the first three innings for the Eagles, allowed six hits, two runs, one walk and struck out two. The runs were the first allowed by the freshman this season. Relievers freshman RHP Bobby Skogsbergh, senior LHP Steve Green and redshirt sophomore LHP Tyler Hinchliffe combined for four innings of scoreless work with Green and Hinchliffe each tallying two strikeouts. Junior right-hander Eric Stone (0-3) shouldered the loss, pitching 0.2 innings, allowing one hit, one unearned run and one walk.
St. John's starter LHP Alex Katz went 4.1 innings, allowed three hits, one run - unearned - three walks and struck out two. Righty Thomas Hackimer (1-0) earned the win, throwing 1.2 innings without allowing a run, giving up two hits, one walk and striking out three. RHP Joe Kuzia tallied his seventh save, pitching a scoreless 1.1 innings to end the game and allowing just two hits.
The Red Storm got on the board first, tallying two runs with two down in the third. Robert Wayman tallied a one-out single, moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a balk. Michael Donadio plated him with a groundout to second. Matt Harris then blasted one over the right-field wall for a solo home run to make it 2-0.
The Eagles got one back in the fifth to cut the lead to one. Hernandez drew a one-out walk and the Red Storm went the pen for righty Matt Hennie. He walked Butera to put two on and both runners stole to move into scoring position. Sophomore Joe Cronin hit a grounder to third and Robbie Knightes threw home. Hernandez slid in and catcher Tyler Sanchez dropped the ball, scoring the first BC run.
BC tied the game in the seventh. St. John's pitcher RHP Shawn Heide walked Hernandez and hit Butera to start the inning. Hackimer came in and got a strikeout for the first out, but both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Shaw grounded to third, allowing Hernandez to cross the plate and even the score at two.
St. John's went back up the following inning with Stone on the mound. Jarred Mederos led off with a single. Third baseman Hernandez dove and caught a sacrifice bunt attempt that was popped up for the first out and Stone got a fly ball for the second out. The righty then allowed a four-pitch to put two on and Sanchez put the ball in play on a checked swing. Stone fielded the ball, but his throw skipped to first, allowing Mederos to score. Sophomore RHP John Nicklas relieved Stone and ended the inning with a strikeout.
BC loaded the bases on two singles and a hit by pitch with two outs in the eighth but St. John's brought in Kuzia, who got Cronin to pop up on the first pitch to get out of the jam.
The Red Storm made it a two-run game in the top of the ninth with Nicklas on the mound. Wayman led off with an infield single and stole second, but Nicklas retired the next two batters on strikeouts. Mederos then laced one to the hole between short and third. Hernandez was able to field the ball on a diving stop, but his throw to first went wide and Wayman came around to score.
The Eagles host Maryland for a three-game series beginning on Friday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m. at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. BC will play a friendly softball game with local veterans at Pellagrini Diamond at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday as part of the Wounded Warrior weekend. Fans are welcome to watch.