Baseball Takes Series vs. Maryland With Doubleheader Sweep
April 25, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team tallied the series win over Maryland with a doubleheader sweep on Friday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. The Eagles (16-27, 7-16 ACC) picked up 5-1 and 7-4 victories over the Terrapins (25-17, 9-13 ACC) for the eighth series win in nine meetings.
Sophomore Gabriel Hernandez led the Maroon and Gold at the plate with a 4-for-6 performance in the two games, collecting a double, two runs, an RBI and recording a .750 on-base percentage. Classmate Chris Shaw extended his hit streak to nine games, turning in a 4-for-7 day with three runs, five RBIs, two home runs and notching a 1.571 slugging percentage. He leads the Eagles with four long balls. Sophomore Joe Cronin was 3-for-7 in the twin billing with two runs and two RBIs while junior Blake Butera extended his hit streak to 12 games with a hit in each game.
The Eagles and Terrapins will return on Sunday, April 27 for a 1 p.m. game at Pellagrini Diamond as Boston College hosts its second annual Wounded Warrior Game. Current and former military members will be honored and the Eagles will don Red, White and Blue Under Armour Freedom jerseys. The jerseys are up for auction at www.bceagles.com/auctions with all proceeds benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project.
Maryland starter RHP Jake Stinnett (4-6) threw six innings, allowed seven hits, four runs, two walks and struck out 10. It marked the first time in 2014 an opposing pitcher tallied 10 Ks against BC.
BC jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first. Hernandez was hit by a pitch and Butera doubled to put both runners into scoring position. With one out, Shaw blasted a homer over the right-field fence to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead. Freshman Michael Strem drew a walk to keep it going and with two outs, senior John Hennessy smacked one back at Stinnett and reached as it skipped away from the mound. Redshirt sophomore Nick Colucci chopped one to third and Jose Cuas attempted to beat Strem to the bag to end the inning, but he was late, allowing the Eagles to load the bases. Strem scored on a wild pitch before the inning ended.
The Terps got one back in the fourth after Gorman retired eight straight. He walked two with one down and Blake Schmit grounded out to first to move the runners to second and third. A wild pitch scored Maryland's first run.
Gorman and the Eagles' defense got out of a jam in the fifth to keep the three-run lead. Kevin Martir drew a walk and Anthony Papio singled to put two on and a sacrifice moved them into scoring position. Brandon Lowe chopped one to first baseman Hennessy, who threw home to keep the Terps off the board. Gorman got out of the inning with a strikeout, stranding runners at the corners.
With new pitcher left-hander Tyler Stiles on the mound, Cronin hit his first career home run over the left-field fence in the seventh to put the Eagles up, 5-1.
Terrpain starter RHP Mike Shawaryn (7-3) went five innings, allowed seven hits, five runs, one walk and struck out eight.
For the second time on the day, the Eagles scored four in the first to take an early lead. Hernandez led off with a double down the left-field line and Butera's bloop single dropped in shallow center to put runners on second and third. Cronin plated Hernandez with a scorcher back up the middle. Shaw drove in Butera with a shot down the left-field line. Strem then cleared the bases with a double to deep center.
The Terps cut the lead in half in the third, making it a 4-2 game. With one out, Chin hit Lowe and walked LaMonte Wade. They both moved up on a wild pitch and Blake Schmit grounded out to short to bring home Lowe. Cuas doubled to center to score Wade before Chin forced another grounder to end the inning.
Shaw came right back in the bottom of the inning with a solo shot over the right-field fence.
Maryland scored two in the sixth to make it a one-run game. Sophomore LHP Jesse Adams got the first out but loaded the bases on two walks and a bunt single. Lowe singled up the middle to score one and a second run came home when centerfielder Colucci bobbled the ball. Adams tallied a K before the Eagles went back to the pen for Fernandes. He ended the inning with a strikeout of his own.
The Eagles fired back with two runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 7-4 lead. With righty Bobby Ruse on the hill, Hennessy walked and freshman Johnny Adams singled through the left side. Sophomore Stephen Sauter moved them over with a sacrifice and with two out, Hernandez came through with a base hit back up the middle to plate Hennessy. Butera grounded to third and Cuas misplayed the ball, allowing Adams to score.