Four-Run First Gives Baseball 4-3 Win Over Pittsburgh
May 3, 2003
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The baseball team scored four runs in the first inning and held on for a big 4-3 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday, May 3 at Shea Field.
With the victory, Boston College improves to 26-18 overall and 8-8 in the BIG EAST, giving the Eagles sole possession of sixth place in the conference standings.
BC's first run resulted from a Pittsburgh fielding error, with junior second baseman Josh DiScipio (Schenectady, N.Y.) crossing the plate on the play. Sophomore left fielder Jason Delaney (Hanson, Mass.) followed with an RBI groundout to make it 2-0.
The next batter, senior center fielder Matt Lederhos (Westwood, Mass.), drilled a triple to left-center, plating sophomore Ryan Morgan (Weymouth, Mass.) with the Eagles' third run. Senior designated hitter Vinny Scavone (Seffner, Fla.) capped the scoring in the inning with an RBI single through the left side of the infield.
The Panthers (33-14, 10-8 BE) pushed across two runs in the fourth on RBI singles by second baseman Scott Folmar and center fielder Ben Copeland.
In the sixth, Copeland scored Pittsburgh's third run on a Bryan Spamer base hit. First baseman Casey Long then stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs, but sophomore starter Kevin Shepard (Andover, Mass.) got him to ground out to second to end the inning.
In all, the Panthers stranded 11 runners in the game, while the Eagles left 10 men on base.
Senior Matt Elfeldt (Delmar, N.Y.) came in for Shepard in the eighth and pitched two innings of one-hit ball to earn his first save of the year.
Shepard got the win, giving up three runs (two earned) on eight hits. He struck our seven and walked four in upping his record to 7-2.
Senior shortstop Ryan Leahy (Salem, Mass.) was 3-for-5 in the game, while Lederhos went 2-for-4. With an infield single in the fourth, DiScipio extended his hitting streak to 19 games.
These two teams meet tomorrow, Sunday, May 4, in a doubleheader beginning at noon.