Baseball Takes Doubleheader Win at URI
April 29, 2014
Kingston, R.I. - The Boston College baseball team earned a doubleheader sweep at Rhode Island with a 7-2, eight-inning win and a 4-3, six-inning victory at Bill Beck Field. The Eagles (19-27) extended their win streak to five games and have won the last seven of nine.
The two teams were originally scheduled to play two seven-inning games, but the first game went to eight after BC and the Rams (9-33) were knotted after seven and the second game was called early due to darkness.
Senior John Hennessy led the way at the plate, going 3-for-6 with three runs in the two games. Junior Blake Butera was 3-for-7 at the dish with a double and two walks while freshman Johnny Adams tallied three RBIs in a 2-for-5 performance. Sophomore Chris Shaw recorded a hit in each game to extend his streak to 12 games, tying a career long he set at the beginning of the season.
Freshman righty Bobby Skogsbergh (4-0) tallied the win, pitching the final two innings without allowing a hit or run. He walked two. Senior right-handed starter Eric Stevens went six innings, allowed just four hits, two runs - one earned - and one walk. He struck out two.
Rhode Island starter RHP Ben Wessel pitched five innings, gave up five hits, two runs - both earned - and struck out four. Brendan Doonan (0-1) shouldered the loss, allowing one hit, two runs, three walks and two Ks over two innings.
The Rams got on the board first, tallying a run in the first. Stevens started the game with three straight strikes to get the first out, but allowed a single up the middle to Shane O'Connell on an 0-2 count. O'Connell stole second and scored on a two-out double by Pat Quinn. Stevens ended the inning his second K.
BC tied the game in the fourth as Cronin led off with his second triple of the season to left center. Shaw plated him with an infield single toward second-base bag.
The Eagles scored a run in the fifth to take a 2-1 lead. Hennessy started the inning with a single to center and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Freshman Nick Sciortino chopped one to the left side of the diamond and Wessel's throw bounced past the first baseman, allowing Hennessy to score.
URI tied the game in the sixth on a sacrifice fly. O'Connell landed on third after an infield single, passed ball and a sacrifice bunt. Mike Corin hit a sac fly to right.
In what would be considered extra innings, the Eagles scored five in the eighth to take a 7-2 lead. With Dooan on the hill, Butera led off with a double to left and Cronin drew a walk to put two on. With new pitcher right-hander Matt Ferraiolo throwing, Shaw chopped on to short and URI went to second, leaving BC runners at the corners with one out. Freshman Michael Strem and Butera executed a squeeze to put the go-ahead run on the board. Senior Tom Bourdon then laced one up the middle to score Shaw before Hennessy reached on an error, loading the bases. Adams brought in a run with a groundout to short and Sophomore Stephen Sauter plated two with a single up the middle.
Freshman right-hander Justin Dunn (1-0) recorded his first career win, throwing four innings, allowing four hits, three runs, three walks and striking out a career-high four. Sophomore righty John Nicklas earned his fourth with a 123 sixth. Senior lefty Steve Green struck out one and allowed one hit in a scoreless fifth.
Rhode Island's RHP Tyler Barss (0-2) shouldered the loss, giving up six hits, four runs and striking out one over four innings.
The Eagles started off the scoring in the first, tallying a run. Butera singled through the left side with one out and scored on a double to the wall in right by Shaw.
The Rams pulled ahead in the bottom of the inning, scoring two to go up, 2-1. Tim Caputo led off with a base hit and O'Connell drew a walk before Dunn retired the first out by way of the K. A single loaded the bases and Caputo scored on a wild pitch. With both base runners moving into scoring position on the same pitch, Connor Foreman scored O'Connell with a sac fly.
URI added a run in the second as Ryan Olmo started the inning with a single to right and landed on third after a sac bunt and a single. He scored on a sacrifice fly off O'Connell's bat.
BC retook the lead in the fourth on four straight two-out hits. Strem, Bourdon and Hennessy loaded the bases by all tallying singles. Adams drove in two with a double to left center to tie the game at three. Hennessy scored on a wild pitch to give the Eagles the lead back before a groundout ended the inning.
The Eagles host Pittsburgh in a three-game series beginning on Friday, May 2 at 2:30 p.m. at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. The Third Annual ALS Awareness Game will be on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.