Baseball Falls, 5-4, to Pittsburgh
May 3, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team dropped game two, 5-4, to Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon to force a rubber match after winning the first game of the series on Friday. The Eagles (20-28, 9-17 ACC) hosted the Third Annual ALS Awareness Game at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field with just over 2,000 fans in attendance.
The game saw five ties or lead changes before the Panthers (20-24, 10-13 ACC) went up by one in the seventh and held on to win, ending BC's six-game win streak.
Sophomore Gabriel Hernandez tied a career high with three hits on the day, while senior John Hennessy went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Sophomore Chris Shaw tallied a run and a hit to extend his career-long hit streak to 14 games, which is tied for fourth on BC's list dating back to 2005.
Redshirt sophomore starting left-hander Andrew Chin went 5.1 innings, allowed three hits, four runs - two earned - four walks and struck out three in a no decision. Redshirt freshman righty Luke Fernandes (3-2) shouldered the loss, relieving Chin and pitching two-thirds of an inning. He allowed two hits and one run. Sophomore LHP Jesse Adams, senior LHP Steve Green and freshman RHP Bobby Skogsbergh finished out the game without allowing a run, as Adams struck out three, walked two and gave up two hits and Green and Skogsbergh tallied one K each. BC pitchers combined to hit five Pitt batters on the day.
The Eagles outhit the Panthers, 10-7, and both teams committed two errors. Pitt stranded 12 men on base while BC left seven on.
Panthers starter RHP Joseph Harvey gave up 10 hits, four runs - three earned - and struck out five over 5.2 innings. Righty TJ Zeuch finished out the game, throwing 3.1 scoreless and hitless innings. He struck out four. The BC batters did not draw a walk on the day.
The Panthers took an early 2-0 lead in the in first. The first two batters reached on a walk and hit by pitch and although Chin settled in and got the first out swinging, the runners moved into scoring position with stolen bases. Boo Vazquez grounded one to first baseman Hennessy, who threw home, but it was errant, allowing both base runners to score. Chin got the next out looking and ended the inning with a popup.
The Eagles got one back in the second on an RBI by Hennessy. Senior Tom Bourdon tallied a one-out single to right center and moved all the way to third on a single through the right side by freshman Johnny Adams. Hennessy drove in Bourdon with a base hit to right center. With two down, Hernandez chopped one behind the mound to tally an infield single and load the bases but a foul out behind the plate ended the Eagles' scoring chances.
BC took the lead in the third, scoring two runs. With one down, Shaw laced one back up the middle and freshman Michael Strem followed with a double to the corner in right to put both Eagles in scoring position. Bourdon was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Adams grounded out to third to bring the tying run in. Hennessy grounded one up the middle, which shortstop Dylan Wolsonovich mishandled, allowing Strem to score. Bourdon was thrown out at the plate trying to give the Eagles a two-run lead.
Pitt tied the game at three in the top of the fourth after Chin started the inning with two walks. Matt Johnson moved both runners over with a sac bunt and Manny Pazos plated the tying run on a squeeze play.
The Panthers took the lead in the sixth before the Eagles came back and tied it in the bottom of the inning. Wolsonovich drew a lead-off walk, stole second. After right fielder Shaw ran down a fly ball in foul territory for the first out, Fernandes relieved Chin on the mound. Johnson doubled to the right-field corner to score the go-ahead run. In the bottom of the inning, Hennessy knocked one through the left side with one out and with two down, Hernandez hit a liner off the glove of the shortstop to put two on. Hennessy was able to score on two wild pitches to tie the game at four.
Pitt took the lead back in the seventh, scoring a run to go up, 5-4. AJ Lardo was hit by a pitch and Casey Roche singled to put two on before the Eagles went to the pen for Adams. Vasquez put a bunt down between the mound and first, reaching safely to load the bases. Steven Shelinsky Jr. hit a sacrifice fly to center to put the Panthers back on top. After striking out the second out, Adams reloaded the bases with a walk, but was able to end the inning with a fly out.
The two teams wrap up the series with a noon start on Sunday.