Baseball Falls to St. John's at Dodd Stadium
April 24, 2013
Norwich, Conn. - The Boston College baseball team lost, 9-5, to St. John's on Wednesday evening at Thomas Dodd Stadium. The Eagles (6-34) lost a one-run lead in the sixth inning, giving up four unearned runs to the Red Storm (19-23). They were outhit, 11-8, and left seven runners on base.
Freshman Stephen Sauter led the way for the Maroon and Gold with a 3-for-4 night, scoring a run and driving in two more. Classmate Chris Shaw also had two RBIs, while sophomore Blake Butera was 1-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs.
Junior right-hander Matt Alvarez (1-2) took the loss, going one inning and giving up three hits and four runs, but all were unearned. He walked one and struck out two. Sophomore lefty Nick Poore did not allow a run or walk in 3.2 innings of relief. He gave up just two singles and struck out three. Sophomore right-handed starter Eric Stone pitched 1.1 innings, allowed four hits, four runs - all earned - and walked one.
RHP Joey Christopher (2-1) tallied the win for the Red Storm, also pitching one inning of relief and allowed one hit, no runs, one walk and struck out one. Starter RHP Ryan McCormick lasted two innings, allowed five hits, four runs - all earned - three walks and struck out two.
The Eagles took an early 2-0 lead in their first at bat, loading the bases with one out on two walks and a single. Sauter drove in two with a single to right before a double play ended the inning. The Red Storm tied the game in the bottom of the inning as Martin Kelly was hit by a pitch, stole second and crossed the plate on an RBI base hit by Zach Lauricella. He came around to score after back-to-back, two-out singles by Danny Bethea and Kyle Lombardo.
BC got back on top the next inning on Butera's first triple of the season, the second in his career, putting the Eagles up, 4-2. Shaw and freshman Gabriel Hernandez singled to put two on and with two down, Butera laced one to left center to clear the bases. St. John's scored two in the bottom of half the frame to retie the game. The Red Storm loaded the bases with one out on a walk, hit by pitch and a fielder's choice. Lauricella knocked one to right center to score two. Poore entered the game and forced a fly out and groundout to get the Eagles out of the jam.
Sauter led off the third with a single and kept going to second on an error by centerfielder Kelly. Senior Matt McGovern advanced him to third with a sac bunt and sophomore Travis Ferrick plated him on a groundout to third, putting the Eagles back on top, 5-4.
The Storm took the lead of the game with Alvarez on the mound, going up 8-5, in the sixth. Sean O'Hare reached second on an error by left fielder Ferrick and moved up third on a bunt single by Jimmy Brennan. O'Hare scored on a passed ball. After a walk and a wild pitch, Alvarez struck out the next two batters with runners on second and third. Lauricella hit the first pitch he saw over the left-field fence to give St. John's the three-run lead. It became a 9-5 game the following inning with sophomore RHP John Gorman on the hill as O'Hare was hit by a pitch and the Red Storm loaded the bases on two singles. Kelly grounded out to second to plate a run.
The Eagles will host Miami for a three-game series beginning on Friday, April 26 at 2:30 p.m. They will honor the Boston College Police Department by wearing BCPD hats during batting practices and BCPD will be on hand during the pre-game ceremonies, in which Lieutenant King will throw out the first pitch. The baseball team would like to thank the BC police department for their hard work in keeping the community safe during last week's Marathon bombing and citywide lockdown.