Baseball Takes Third in 23rd Annual Beanpot Tournament at Fenway Park
April 29, 2013
Boston, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team finished third in the 23rd Annual Beanpot Tournament with a 7-2 victory over Harvard on Monday afternoon in the consolation game at Fenway Park.
The Eagles (9-35) are now 31-14-1 all-time in the Beanpot Tournament and 13-3-1 against the Crimson (10-31).
Junior LHP Steve Green (1-0) earned his first win of the year, tying career highs with five innings pitched and four strikeouts. He gave up five hits, one run and walked one. Freshman RHP John Nicklas pitched three innings of relief without giving up a run. He allowed just one hit, two walks and struck out two.
Freshman Joe Cronin led the way for the Maroon and Gold with a 3-for-4 performance with a walk, stolen base and a run. Senior Matt McGovern tallied two RBIs on a 1-for-3 day while junior John Hennessy was 2-for-5 with a run batted in.
Harvard starter RHP Matt Timoney (0-3) shouldered the loss, going four innings and allowing six hits, three runs -two earned - two walks and two strikeouts.
The Eagles were the first to get on the board, scoring in their first at bat. With one out, sophomore Blake Butera was hit by a pitch and Hennessy followed with a single to put the runners on the corners. With two outs, freshman Chris Shaw grounded one to second baseman Tanner Anderson, who fumbled the ball and made a low throw, allowing Shaw to reach and Butera to score the first run of the game.
BC added a run in the third and one in the fourth. In the third, senior Matt Paré led off with a walk and moved to second on a ground out. Junior Jimmy Dowdell drove him in with a single to left to make it a 2-0 game. In the fourth, Cronin led off with a single and with one out, Butera and Hennessy tallied back-to-back hits to score Cronin, who was on third after a failed pick-off attempt by Timoney.
The Crimson got one back in the bottom of the inning when Mitch Klug doubled to left with one down and DJ Link plated him on a two-out single to center.
McGovern put the Eagles up four with a two-out double to right field in the sixth with runners on first and second. Butera and Paré were both hit by new Harvard pitcher Pete Kaplan to put two on for the senior centerfielder.
The Eagles added to their lead with runs in the seventh and the ninth. Junior Nate LaPointe started the seventh with a double to the corner in left, tallying his first extra-base hit of the year. He moved to third on a wild pitch and score on a sacrifice fly by Butera. In the ninth, McGovern drew a four-pitch walk, stole second and moved to third on a groundout by Dowdell. He scored on a wild pitch to give BC the 7-1 lead.
With graduate student LHP Nate Bayuk on the hill for the ninth, Harvard scored its second run. After Bayuk started the inning with a strikeout, the Crimson loaded the bases with back-to-back singles and a walk. Brandon Kregel hit a sacrifice fly to center to score a run before Bayuk forced a groundout to shortstop Cronin to end the game.
BC will play its fifth game in five days on Tuesday, April 30 when it travel to Kingston, R.I., to face Rhode Island at 3 p.m. The Rams beat the Eagles, 3-2, in 10 innings on April 16.