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Baseball Tallies Third Straight Win, Defeating Rhode Island

Poore earned his first win of the year while striking out four in two innings.

Poore earned his first win of the year while striking out four in two innings.

April 30, 2013

Box Score

Kingston, R.I. - The Boston College baseball team defeated Rhode Island, 8-7, at Bill Beck Field on Tuesday afternoon. The Eagles (10-35) earned their third straight win, fourth in five games, with the victory over the Rams (25-20).

Junior John Hennessy recorded a career-high four hits in five at bats and tied a career high by scoring three runs. Senior Matt McGovern knocked in two for the second game in a row while sophomore Blake Butera was 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Sophomore left-hander Nick Poore (1-2) earned his first win of the season, going two innings on a pitch count. He allowed two hits, one run, one walk and tied a career-high four Ks. Sophomore right-handed reliever John Gorman tallied his first save of the season, throwing the final three innings and allowing four hits, three runs, two walks and striking out one.

Rhode Island used seven pitchers on the day and RHP Brendan Doonan (1-2) shouldered the loss, allowing two hits, two runs and a strikeouts in 0.1 innings.

The squads split the season series, as the Rams won the earlier meeting, a 3-2, 10-inning victory at Shea Field on April 16.

After one, the teams were tied at one. The Eagles scored with two outs off starter Milan Mantle as Hennessy doubled to right center and senior Matt Paré drove him in with a single to center. The Rams evened the game in the bottom of the inning after Poore started the inning with a strikeout looking. Jeff Roy singled up the middle and Mike LeBel followed with a double to deep left center to plate his teammate.

The Eagles retook the lead in the third, going up by three. Freshman Joe Cronin led off with a base hit and with one down, Hennessy ripped one through the right side. Lefty Nick Narodowy came on in relief and hit Paré to load the bases. Freshman Stephen Sauter knocked one through the left side to score Cronin and Hennessy came home when left fielder Chris Famiglietti mishandled the ball. Freshman Chris Shaw grounded one to short to bring home Paré for the third run of the inning.

The Rams got two back in the bottom of the frame as Roy tallied a one-out infield single and LeBel walked. After executing a double steal, Pat Fortunato hit a blooper to right, clearing the bases. Paré caught Fortunato stealing to end the inning.

Butera added to the Eagles' lead in the fourth to make it a 5-3 game. Freshman Logan Hoggarth singled to left to start the inning and moved to second on a groundout. After RHP Lou Distastio entered the game, Butera knocked a hit to right center to plate Hoggarth.

URI made it a one-run game again in the sixth with freshman lefty Jesse Adams on the hill. Kevin Stenhouse led off with a double and moved to third on a wild pitch. Chase Livingston plated him with a sac fly.

In the top of the seventh, BC made it an 8-4 game with lefty Ty Sterner in. Butera tallied an infield single and Hennessy followed with his fourth hit of the game to put two on. Paré grounded to first and Connor Foreman's throw was low, allowing Hennessy to reach and, as the ball skipped into center, Butera scored. Shaw walked to load the bases, and with two outs, McGovern laced one to right center to score two more BC runs.

URI threatened in its last at bat, scoring three to make it a one-run game. After Gorman got the first out on a grounder to second, the Rams tallied back-to-back singles. LeBel scored one on an RBI base hit. Gorman forced another groundout, but Fortunato smoked one back up the middle to score two. With a runner on first, Gorman ended the game with a strikeout looking.

The Eagles will host No. 25 Virginia Tech in their final home stand beginning on Friday, May 3 at 2:30 p.m. Saturday's 1:30 p.m. contest is the baseball team's Second Annual ALS Awareness Game and Sunday will honor the five seniors on the team.

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