April 29, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team completed the sweep of Wake Forest with a 9-5 victory on Sunday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. The Eagles (19-26, 9-15 ACC) outscored the Demon Deacons (26-19, 9-15 ACC), 16-6, in the three games.
The ACC sweep marked the first for the Maroon and Gold since it swept the Deacons and NC State in 2010 and the first for second-year head coach Mike Gambino. The BC pitching staff allowed only 13 hits in the three contests, while tallying 20 strikeouts.
Freshman right-hander Geoffrey Murphy (2-1) recorded the win, pitching three innings of scoreless relief. He allowed just one hit and one walk and struck out two. Classmate Eric Stone, also a righty, tallied his first career ACC start, going three innings, allowing two hits, two runs, three walks and three Ks. Freshman RHP John Gorman tallied his fourth save of the season, the second in two days, with a strikeout looking to end the game.
Freshman Blake Butera led the way for the Eagles at the plate, going 3-for-4 with one run and two RBIs. Senior Anthony Melchionda was 2-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and two walks.
Freshman Tyler Hinchliffe batted .500 against the Demon Deacons, making two starts and going 3-for-6 with an RBI and a run. Junior Rob Moir led the Eagles with five hits in 12 at bats, four of them doubles, and tallied three RBIs. Butera and senior Marc Perdios also recorded three RBIs on the weekend.
Wake's starter, Brian Holmes (6-2), recorded the loss in game three, going four innings, allowing six hits, five runs, six walks and three strikeouts. The lefty came into the game with an 2.54 ERA.
The Eagles tallied a run in the first, finishing off the series scoring first in every game. Perdios and Butera walked to start the inning and sophomore Tom Bourdon grounded to short to move Perdios to third. Melchionda lined one past the third baseman to give the Eagles a 1-0 advantage.
The Demon Deacons took a one-run lead in the third, scoring two. They loaded the bases with two outs on two walks and a single and Mac Williamson drove in two with a single through the left side.
Moir tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a double to deep center, scoring Melchionda, who drew a four-pitch, two-out walk.
Wake retook the lead in the fourth as Carlos Lopez led off with a double to center and moved to third on a wild pitch. Jack Carey drove him in on a sac fly. Stone ended the inning by catching the runner attempting to steal third.
The Eagles took back the lead in the fourth as junior Matt Paré led off with his third home run of the season to tie the game at three. Butera scored on wild pitch with the bases loaded to give the Eagles the 4-3 lead.
BC increased its lead to 7-3 in the sixth, scoring three runs on four hits with two outs. Senior Andrew Lawrence started things off with a double to the corner in right and moved to third on a groundout. Hinchliffe hit a hard grounder to second baseman Conor Keniry, who fielded on the edge of the grass, but could not make a play, allowing Lawrence to score. Perdios kept it going with a single and Butera drove both teammates in with a double to the gap in left center.
Lawrence added one in the sixth with a groundout to first, scoring Melchionda, who laced a two-bagger to center and moved to third on a fly ball. Bourdon tallied an RBI single in the seventh, scoring Perdios, who drew his third walk of the game and stole second.
Senior right-hand reliever Kyle Prohovich gave up two runs in the ninth, allowing two bases-loaded walks, but got two outs on fly balls, setting Gorman up for the save. The freshman struck out the only batter he faced.
The Eagles return to action to host Northeastern on Tuesday, May 1 at 3 p.m. in the consolation game of the Beanpot.