April 28, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team defeated Wake Forest, 6-1, in front of a record 2,286 fans at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles (18-26, 8-15 ACC) tallied their second win over the Demon Deacons (26-18, 9-14 ACC) to clinch the series.
BC honored former player and current director of baseball operations Pete Frates with an ALS awareness game, as the former captain was recently diagnosed with the disease. Head coach Mike Gambino, athletics director Gene DeFilippo and the entire baseball team presented Frates and his family with his framed jersey before the start of the game.
Sophomore right-hander Eric Stevens (5-2) tallied the win, pitching 6.1 innings, allowing only four hits, one run and striking out five. He retired 10 straight batters from the fourth to the seventh. Combined with relievers senior LHP Nate Bayuk and freshman RHP John Gorman, the Eagles' pitching staff did allow a walk on the day. Gorman tallied his third save, going two innings, striking out one and giving up one hit.
Senior Marc Perdios drove in three of the Maroon and Gold's six runs on a 2-for-4 afternoon. Junior Rob Moir and senior Spenser Payne were also 2-for-4 with an RBI each.
Wake Forest starter RHP Jack Fischer (3-4) shouldered the loss, going six innings and allowing seven hits, four runs, two walks and two strikeouts.
The Eagles were the first to get on the board, scoring one in the second. Senior Anthony Melchionda singled to left and moved up to third on a double down the left-field line by Moir. Perdios drove him on a grounder to short.
Wake tied the game in the third on a sac fly by Pat Blair, plating Mark Rhine, who was hit by a pitched, moved to second on an overthrow by Stevens on a pickoff attempt and advanced to third on a groundout.
BC retook the lead in the fifth as junior Matt Paré led off with a single past the second-base bag and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Tyler Hinchliffe. Junior Matt McGovern moved him to third on a groundout and sophomore Blake Butera hit a slow roller to short, allowing Paré to score.
The Eagles added two runs in the sixth to take a 4-1 lead. Perdios doubled with two outs to deep center to score sophomore Tom Bourdon from first, who drew a walk to lead off the inning. Payne score Perdios with a single through the left side before he was thrown out trying to reach second.
BC got out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh as three straight singles put Wake runners at every base with one out. Bayuk relieved Stevens and after allowing the third single, forced a grounder to third for a 5-4-3 double play to end the scoring threat.
The Eagles took a 6-1 lead in the eighth, scoring two more runs on three hits. Butera led off the inning with a four-pitch walk and Melchionda doubled to right center to put runners in scoring position. Butera crossed the plate on a single right the right side by Moir. Peridos tallied his third RBI on a grounder to short, which scored Melchionda and gave the Eagles the five-run lead.
The Eagles and Deacons wrap up the series on Sunday, April 29 with a noon start.