Baseball Falls, 1-0, in 12 to No. 25 Virginia Tech
May 3, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass - The Boston College baseball team lost a hard-fought, 12-inning battle to 25th-ranked Virginia Tech, 1-0, on Friday night at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. The Eagles (10-36, 2-22 ACC) and Hokies (29-18, 12-13 ACC) played 11 scoreless innings before VA Tech was able to push a run across on the only error of the game in the 12th.
Senior RHP Hunter Gordon tallied a career-high eight strikeouts in a career-high nine innings. He allowed seven hits and only two walks. His eight Ks tied the Eagles' season high, which redshirt freshman Andrew Chin set at Duke on March 30. Sophomore LHP Nick Poore (1-3) shouldered the loss, going two innings and allowing two hits, the unearned run, and one walk. In the 11th, he struck out the side to keep the Hokies off the board.
In the 12th inning, on an 0-2 count, Poore grazed Tech's Mark Zaguins and Andrew Rash singled through the right side to put two on. Brandon Hayden laid down a sac bunt, which junior first baseman John Hennessy fielded and threw to third, but his throw was low and skipped by freshman third baseman Gabriel Hernandez, allowing Zaguins to score. After a walk to load the bases, sophomore right-handed reliever John Gorman came in to pitch and shut the Hokies down, striking out one, getting a ground out and a popup to end the inning without another run crossing the plate.
Senior Matt McGovern tallied two of the Eagles' three hits. He was 2-for-4 with a walk on the day and is currently on a four-game hit streak, his longest of the season.
Virginia Tech's left-hander Brad Markey earned the win, pitching the final two innings and did not allow a hit, run or walk while striking out three. Starter LHP Joe Mantiply went seven innings, gave up two hits, four walks and struck out six.
The Eagles loaded the bases twice with two outs, but couldn't push anything across. In the second, freshman Stephen Sauter and McGovern drew walks and freshman Chris Shaw nailed a base hit through the left side, but Mantiply forced a groundout to end BC's scoring chances. In the seventh, freshman Logan Hoggarth reached on a fielder's choice and McGovern hit a blooper to left. The two moved into scoring position on stolen bases as Mantiply struck out the second out. Sophomore Blake Butera was intentionally walked to load the bases, but the VT pitcher was able to force a fly out to get out of the inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, McGovern tallied his second hit of the game and stole second, but a strikeout ended the Eagles' chances and the teams went on to play extras.
In the top of the 10th, Poore gave up a lead-off base hit on a chopper that got through the left side, but senior catcher Matt Paré was able to get him going to second on a sac bunt attempt. After forcing a fly out, Poore ended the inning by picking off the runner at first.
The Eagles and Hokies play game two on Saturday, May 4 at 1:30 p.m. at the Eagles' Second Annual ALS Awareness Game. BC and Virginia Tech will present Pete Frates and his family with a check prior to the start of the game from joint fundraising efforts for the Pete Frates #3 Fund, which was set up to help with medical care and costs.