Scavone's Two-Run Single In Bottom Of Seventh Gives Baseball 7-6 Win Over UMass
May 1, 2003
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior Vinny Scavone's two-run single in the bottom of the seventh capped the baseball team's comeback from a 5-0 deficit and lifted it to a 7-6 win over Massachusetts in the second game of a doubleheader Thursday, May 1 at Shea Field.
The Minutemen took the first game, 6-2. Both contests were seven innings long.
The Eagles (25-18) trailed 6-4 going into the bottom of the seventh. They cut the UMass lead to one on a pinch-hit RBI double by junior Zach Keenan (Danvers, Mass.), for whom freshman catcher Shawn McGill (South Kingstown, R.I.) pinch ran.
After a sacrifice bunt moved McGill to third, sophomore Jason Delaney (Hanson, Mass.) walked. With two outs, he stole second, putting the winning run in scoring position.
Scavone then lashed a two-strike pitch from Matt Torra - one of the Minutemen's top starters - into right field, plating McGill and Delaney with the tying and winning runs, respectively.
The Eagles have now won at least 25 games in each of the last five seasons, something they had not done once in the 53 years prior to their current run.
Boston College found itself down 5-0 before it even came to bat as Massachusetts pushed across five runs in the top of the first.
In the second, the Maroon and Gold came up with four runs of their own, one on an RBI single by shortstop Ryan Leahy (Salem, Mass.) and three on a home run to right off the bat of sophomore Ryan Morgan (Weymouth, Mass.). It is his fifth long ball of the year, tying him with Scavone for the team lead.
The Minutemen (17-16) scored their sixth run on a wild pitch in the third, but junior Mike Gauthier (Salem, Mass.) and Morgan held them in check the rest of the way. Gauthier allowed just one hit in 3.1 innings of work while Morgan pitched a scoreless seventh to record his first career win.
In game one, Boston College scored a run in the first on a Scavone RBI double and another in the third on Delaney's RBI groundout to take a 2-0 lead.
UMass then exploded for five runs in the top of the fourth. Right fielder Matt Boulanger's three-run double down the left-field line was the big hit in the inning.
Boston College hosts Pittsburgh (33-13, 10-7 BIG EAST) in a crucial three-game series this weekend. The Eagles and Panthers square off in a single game Saturday, May 3 at 4 p.m. The two teams then face each other in a noon doubleheader the next day.