Baseball Tallies First ACC Win, Beating Miami
April 26, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team earned a 1-0 victory over Miami on Friday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field for its first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the 2013 season. The Eagles (7-34, 1-20 ACC) scored a run in the third and bolstered by solid defense and great pitching, tallied the win over the Hurricanes (28-17, 10-12 ACC).
Senior right-hander Hunter Gordon (1-4) and freshman lefty Jesse Adams combined for BC's second shutout of the season. Gordon recorded his first win of the year, going 6.1 innings, allowing just three hit, walking four and striking out two. Adams earned his first collegiate save, pitching the final 2.2 innings without giving up a hit, walking one and striking out two - both in the ninth.
The Eagles outhit the Canes, 4-3, but neither team recorded an extra-base hit in the pitchers' duel. Miami stranded eight runners on base, while the Eagles stranded four. Freshman Gabriel Hernandez got one of BC's four hits, extending his hit streak to a career-long four games.
Miami's left-hander Chris Diaz (3-4) pitched all eight innings in the loss, allowing one unearned run, one walk and striking out seven.
The only run of the game came in the third. With one out, sophomore Travis Ferrick singled to left and Hernandez followed with a base hit through the right side. Sophomore Blake Butera grounded one to short and the Canes got the first out at second, but second baseman Alex Hernandez skipped the ball to first, allowing Butera to reach and Ferrick to come around to score.
Gordon and the Eagles got out of a jam in the fifth with runners on second and third with one out as the righty rung up the second out swinging and forced a groundout to keep the Canes off the board.
Adams entered the game in the seventh with runners on first and second and one out. Both runners moved into scoring position with stolen bases, but junior John Hennessy kept the Eagles on top as pinch hitter Chris Barr hit a sharp grounder to the first baseman and he went home with it. Senior catcher Matt Paré applied the tag for the second out and Adams forced a fly out to end the inning.
In the early innings of the game, freshman shortstop Joe Cronin held the Canes at bay, completing an unassisted double play in the first by catching a liner and stepping on the second-base bag to get the runner and with a runner on third, making a diving stop and accurate throw to end the third.
Before the start of the game, the Eagles donned Boston College Police Department hats and welcomed BCPD to the field to thank and honor the department for their work in the community, especially during last week's Marathon bombing and city lockdown. Lieutenant King threw out the squad looking on.
The two team return to Pellagrini Diamond on Saturday, April 27 with a 1:30 p.m. start. The Eagles will honor U.S. military servicemen and women and members of the Wounded Warrior Project before and during the game.