Baseball Walks Off vs. Pittsburgh to Open Series
May 2, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team extended its win streak to six games with a 3-2 walk-off victory against Pittsburgh on Friday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. Sophomore Chris Shaw hit his first career walk-off single to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, handing the Eagles their 20th victory of the season and their sixth straight conference victory.
Shaw was a perfect 3-for-3 on the day, scoring a run and drawing an intentional walk. He extended his hit streak to career-long 13 games, which is seventh in BC record books, dating back to 2005.
Junior right-handed starter John Gorman threw 7.2 innings before allowing a hit to the Panthers (19-24, 9-13 ACC). He tallied a career-high eight strikeouts, was charged with two hits, two runs and three walks. Freshman Mike King (2-1) picked up the win, throwing the final 1.1 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three.
The win gave the Eagles (20-27, 9-16 ACC) their fifth walk off of the season and improved their one-run win total to nine.
Down 2-1 heading into their final at bat, the Eagles mounted a comeback to earn the victory. Redshirt sophomore pinch hitter Tyler Hinchliffe started the inning by drawing a walk. Redshirt sophomore Nick Colucci came in to pinch run for him and he moved to second when sophomore Gabriel Hernandez singled to right. Junior Blake Butera attempted a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position, but pitcher Hobie Harris was able to get Colucci at third for the first out. Sophomore Joe Cronin came through with an RBI single through the left side to score Hernandez from second and tie the game. Shaw laced the first pitch he saw to left center and Butera hustled around third to score the game-winning run.
Pittsburgh starter RHP Rhys Aldenhoven threw 4.1 innings, allowed six hits, one run, three walks and struck out four. Righty Harris (3-6) shouldered the loss, allowed three hits, two runs, one walk and one K over the final 1.1 innings.
The Eagles tallied the first run of the game in the fourth to take a 1-0 lead. Shaw led off with a single up the middle and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Freshman Michael Strem singled through the left side to put Eagles on the corners and senior Tom Bourdon plated Shaw with a sac fly to center.
BC loaded the bases in the fifth, but could not come up with any runs after Pitt wen to its bullpen. Hernandez started the inning with a single through the right side and Butera followed with a double just fair in right. With one out, Aldenhoven intentionally walked Shaw before right-hander Jon Danielczyk came on in relief. He struck out Strem and got Bourdon to fly out to keep the Eagles off the board.
Pittsburgh took the lead in the eighth, tallying its first hits of the game. The inning started with a grounder between third and short that looked like it was going to get through but shortstop Cronin was able to scoop it up and throw across his body to just beat the runner on a close play at first. Gorman struck out the second out looking to put two down in the inning, but Stephen Vranka laced one just fair inside the left-field line for a double and the first Pittsburgh hit of the game. Boo Vazquez followed with a triple to deep center to tie the game. King relieved Gorman and, on a 2-2 count, allowed a single to shallow right center by Casey Rocha to bring in the go-ahead run. He ended the inning with a strikeout looking.
The Eagles and Panthers will meet again on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Pellagrini Diamond for the Third Annual ALS Awareness Game.