Baseball Completes Sweep of Maryland
April 27, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team tallied a 5-2 victory over Maryland on Sunday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field as the Eagles (17-27, 8-16 ACC) swept the Terrapins (25-18, 9-14 ACC) in the three-game conference series.
Sophomore right-hander Jeff Burke (1-5) picked up his first win of the 2014 season, throwing six full innings before allowing a hit. In his eight-inning outing, he allowed just two hits, three walks, three strikeouts and two ninth-inning runs.
Sophomore Chris Shaw was 2-for-4 on the day an RBI double, finishing the weekend series with six hits in 11 at bats for a .545 average and seven RBIs. He extended his hit streak to 10 games. Classmate Joe Cronin also turned in a 2-for-4 performance, scoring two runs and tying a career-long hit streak at eight games.
The sweep of the Terps was the first for the Eagles since they swept Wake Forest at home in April 2012. BC evened its home record to 8-8 with the victory, but increased to 7-3 at Pellagrini Diamond after playing the first two ACC series at alternate locations.
BC handed Maryland starter LHP JakeDrossner (4-1) his first loss of the season as he went 6.2 innings, allowed four hits, two runs - one earned - and one walk with seven Ks.
The Eagles wore specially-designed Under Armour Red, White and Blue Freedom uniforms in honor of the second annual Wounded Warrior Project game. Retired Marine Corps Sergeant Ryan Casavant and retired Army Sergeant Erick Millette threw out the first pitch and BC ROTC presented the colors, along with the field hockey and ski team unfurling a large American flag in the middle of the field. The jerseys the Eagles wore are up for auction on http://www.bceagles.com/auctions with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.
The Eagles tallied a run in the first, scoring first in the first inning for the third consecutive game. With two outs, senior Tom Bourdon doubled to the corner in right and classmate John Hennessy followed with a grounder to first. LaMonte Wade misplayed the ball as it rolled through his legs, allowing Bourdon to score from second and put BC up by one.
Burke retired nine straight after hitting the first batter of the game until the fourth when he walked Brandon Lowe to start the inning. Lowe moved to second on a balk and third on a sacrifice bunt. On a hard-hit grounder to first, Hennessy threw home to get him at the plate and keep the Terps off the board. Burke ended the inning with a fly out to left.
The Eagles added a run in the fourth as Cronin led off with a single through the left side. Shaw tallied a base hit up the middle and Cronin hustled around to third. Freshman Michael Strem drove in Cronin with a groundout to short.
BC tacked on three in the eighth to increase its lead to five. The Eagles loaded the bases on an error, walk and single with Shaw coming up. He came through with a laser to center, driving in two. Strem drew a walk to reload the bases and Bourdon's patience at the plate paid off as he walked to bring in the Eagles' fifth run.
The Terps tacked on two in the ninth, but sophomore left-hander Jesse Adams was able to hold them to give the Eagles the win. Burke started the inning with a walk and a double by Charlie White to put runners on second and third. Adams can into the game and allowed one to score on an RBI single by Lowe. Maryland loaded the bases with a walk, but Adams struck out Nick Cieri looking for the first out. Right fielder Shaw ran down a fly ball in foul territory for the second out and White scored on the tag up. Adams ended the game with a fly out to center, sealing the BC victory.
The Eagles return to action on Tuesday, April 29 with a 3 p.m. game at Rhode Island.