Baseball Takes Series From Miami in Walk-Off Fashion
April 28, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - With two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning and the game knotted at two, senior Matt Paré stepped to the plate and launched one over the right-field fence to give the Boston College baseball team a 3-2 win over Miami on Sunday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. The Eagles (8-35, 2-21 ACC) took two-of-three from the Hurricanes (29-18, 11-13 ACC), also tallying a 1-0 victory on Friday.
After the two teams battled for six scoreless innings, Miami was able to push two runs across in the seventh, but BC tied the game in the eighth on a two-run shot by freshman Chris Shaw. Sophomore right-hander John Gorman (3-4) held the Canes at bay, retiring the first eight batters he faced, until Paré was able to nail his third homer of the year and the first walk-off of his career.
The last time the Eagles won on a walk-off home run was Spenser Payne hit one against Bryant in the 10th inning on March 28, 2012.
In the pitchers' duel, neither starter earned the decision. Redshirt freshman LHP Andrew Chin went seven innings in his start and gave up only three hits, two runs - both unearned - and one walk. He struck out three on the day. Gorman earned the win, throwing the final 2.2 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three. He did not give up a run or walk.
Miami starter LHP Andrew Suarez pitched eight innings and allowed five hits, two runs, one walk and struck out seven. Lefty AJ Salcines (3-4) took the loss, going 2.2 innings, allowing two hits, one run, one walk and one K.
The Eagles outhit the Canes, 7-4. They also recorded a season-high six errors in the game. Paré led the Eagles with a 2-for-4 day, registering a walk as well.
The Canes broke the scoreless tie in the seventh after the Eagles committed three consecutive. A high throw by freshman shortstop Joe Cronin allowed Alex Hernandez to reach and Chantz Mack bunted him over, but junior first baseman John Hennessy mishandled the ball, allowing Mack to reach as well. A throwing error to second by Chin allowed by runners to move into scoring position and Brad Fieger hit a sacrifice fly to right to plate Hernandez. With two down, and runner on second, Alex San Juan laced one down the first-base line to score Mack. After Chris Barr singled, stole second and advanced to third on Paré's first error in 156 chances, Chin got out of the jam with a strikeout looking.
Shaw tied the game in the eighth with his team-leading fifth home run over the right-field fence. Junior pinch hitter Jimmy Dowdell doubled down the left line and Shaw followed with a bomb to tie the game.
Gorman entered the game in the ninth with a runner on second and after an error on a pickoff attempt to the winning run 90 feet from home, the righty struck out the next two batters looking to end the inning.
The Eagles will play Harvard in the consolation game of the Beanpot on Monday at Fenway Park at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go to the Pete Frates #3 Fund.