Baseball Defeats Virginia Tech, 3-2 For Third Series Win In A Row
April 29, 2007
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Eagles and Hokies took the field an hour earlier than originally scheduled in order to avoid inclement weather, and BC was able to capture its third series win in a row as they handed Virginia Tech a 3-2 decision in a well pitched game by both teams, this afternoon at Shea Field. The win is the Eagles' seventh in their last 10 and improves their overall record to to 18-23-1 and 11-13 in conference play. Virginia Tech falls to 19-26 overall and 5-19 in ACC action.
The Hokies got on the board first in this one, as BC starter Terry Doyle allowed the first two batters to reach via a single and hit batsman. After recording two outs, Tech would score on a rare play as Nate Parks was caught stealing but was able to delay long enough so that Sean O'Brien scored before the third out was recorded.
The Eagles got the run right back in the bottom of the frame. With one out, Michael Belfiore singled down the left field line and advanced to third the next batter as Johnny Ayers doubled to almost the same spot, putting runners at second and third. After Eric Campbell was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Tony Sanchez singled to left, scoring Belfiore and tying the game at 1-1.
The Hokies pulled ahead two innings later on a solo home run from Matt Hacker, giving them a 2-1 lead. But, BC would again comeback. In the bottom of the fourth, Johnny Ayers and Eric Campbell hit back to back doubles tying things at 2-2. With a runner on second, Tony Sanchez lay down a sacrifice bunt moving Campbell to third and in scoring position. The very next batter, Mike Augustine singled up the middle, giving the Eagles their third and final run of the day.
Tech would nearly tie the game in the top of the next frame on a bang bang play. With one out in the inning, junior Sean O'Brien would single and then steal second. After a Nate Parks strikeout, Bryan Thomas hit a sharp ball to third base that Eric Campbell had trouble handling, but Sean O'Brien was not able to control his momentum heading to third, and Campbell tagged O'Brien out for what proved to be a critical out for both teams.
Neither team mustered much offense after the fourth inning as the Eagles stranded three runners and Tech only two.
BC starter Terry Doyle and Tech starter Adam Redd both pitched very well. Doyle pitched his second complete game in as many starts allowing only two earned runs and striking out eight. Redd also was effective as he pitched eight innings, allowing three runs on nine hits.
The Eagles are back in action on Tuesday, May 1 when they take on non-conference foe Quinnipiac University at Shea Field. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.