Baseball Takes Two From Seton Hall
April 27, 2003
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - With its post-season chances possibly hanging in the balance, the baseball team got two huge wins Sunday, April 27, defeating Seton Hall in both ends of a doubleheader, 8-1 and 3-2, at Shea Field.
Sophomore Jason Delaney (Hanson, Mass.) hit for the cycle and sophomore Chris Lambert (Manchester, N.H.) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of the first game, while sophomore Ryan Morgan (Weymouth, Mass.) broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI double in the seventh inning of the second game.
With the victories, Boston College improves to 23-16 overall and 7-7 in the BIG EAST, which puts it in seventh place in the conference standings. Since getting swept in a doubleheader last weekend at Rutgers, the Eagles have won five in a row.
Delaney tripled in the first inning, doubled in the third, homered in the fourth and singled in the sixth. The last hit came on a full count, with Delaney muscling a Ben Grams offering back up the middle. He drove in two and scored three runs in the game. Even with an 0-for-2 in the second game of the twinbill, Delaney is hitting an amazing .684 (13-for-19) in his last five games.
Lambert (5-2) held the Pirates hitless through 5.2 innings, before giving up a clean double to left by first baseman Tim Pahuta. He gave up two more hits - and an unearned run - in the seventh to finish with a three-hitter. Lambert fanned seven to bring his BIG EAST-leading strikeout total to 68.
Boston College took a 2-0 lead in the first on Delaney's RBI triple and a sacrifice fly by senior centerfielder Matt Lederhos (Westwood, Mass.).
In the third, the Eagles exploded for five runs. Sophomore right fielder Mike Flynn (Trumbull, Conn.) had a two-run single and freshman designated hitter Shawn McGill (South Kingstown, R.I.) blooped a double down the right-field line that plated two more runs. One batter later, McGill scored on a triple to right-center off the bat of junior second baseman Josh DiScipio (Schenectady, N.Y.).
Delaney's solo shot to left in the fourth capped the scoring for the Eagles.
The second game was far more tense than the first. Catcher Lou Santagelo's RBI double in the second inning gave the Pirates (15-21, 7-11 BE) a 1-0 lead, but Lederhos tied it up in the third with a home run to center. It is his fourth round-tripper of the year.
Each team scored once in the fourth, Seton Hall on Patrick Sullivan's RBI single, Boston College on Vinny Scavone's fifth long ball of the year.
DiScipio led off the seventh with a single, knocking starting pitcher Elvyz Quezada out of the game. Quezada was replaced by Jake Haggerty, who uncorked a wild pitch, moving DiScipio to second. After a strikeout and a groundout, Morgan smacked a double to right, giving the Eagles a 3-2 lead.
In the ninth, Seton Hall's leadoff hitter, center fielder Patrick Sullivan, walked and was sacrificed to second. Shortstop Anthony Seratelli then lined a ball that looked like it would go into right field and tie the game, but DiScipio made the defensive play of the day, making a leaping catch and nearly doubling up the runner at second.
After another walk and a wild pitch put runners on second and third, Gauthier got Pahuta to pop out to short to end the game.
Shepard (6-2) got the win for BC, giving up two runs (one earned) on eight hits while striking our five and walking two. Gauthier picked up his second save of the year.
The Eagles and Pirates conclude their three-game series with a single game tomorrow beginning at 2 p.m.