Baseball Completes Three-Game Sweep Of Pittsburgh
May 4, 2003
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Behind the masterful pitching of sophomore Chris Lambert (Manchester, N.H.) and junior Matt O'Donnell (Marlboro, Mass.), clutch hitting up and down the lineup and a bevy of sensational defensive plays, the baseball team completed its first BIG EAST three-game sweep of the season, beating Pittsburgh in both ends of a doubleheader, 5-0 and 8-1, Sunday, May 4 at Shea Field.
The victories are numbers 199 and 200 in the seven-year coaching career of Boston College skipper Pete Hughes. He won 52 games in two years at Trinity University in Texas and has 148 while at the helm of the Eagles.
Boston College, which has won four in a row and 10 of its last 12, is now 28-18 overall and 10-8 in BIG EAST games. It takes over fifth place in the conference standings, while the Panthers (33-16, 10-10 BE) drop to sixth. BC extends its winning streak against Pittsburgh to five games as it swept the Panthers in a doubleheader last year.
Lambert (6-2) was almost literally unhittable as he gave up just one hit -- left fielder Stuart Rykaceski's second-inning bunt -- en route to his first career shutout. He struck out eight and walked two in hurling his fifth complete game of the season.
All of the Eagles' runs in the game were scored with two outs. Senior center fielder Matt Lederhos (Westwood, Mass.) knocked an RBI single to right in the fourth to put the Eagles up 1-0.
The Eagles added two more in the fourth on a two-run home run to right off the bat of sophomore Ryan Morgan (Weymouth, Mass.). It is his team-leading sixth long ball of the season.
O'Donnell (4-3) was the story in game two. He went eight innings, giving up one run on four hits while striking out two and walking one.
Boston College banged out 10 hits in the game, with all but one starter having at least one base knock.
The Eagles opened the scoring with four runs in the second, highlighted by a two-run double off the right-field wall by junior catcher Garrett Greer (Peabody, Mass.). All of the runs in the inning came with men two down.
Scavone's RBI single in the third made it 5-0.
Pittsburgh pushed across a run in the seventh, but BC answered right back with three in the bottom of the frame. Morgan plated Greer with a triple down the right-field line, and Lederhos crushed his fifth homer of the year, a two-run shot to left.
Junior second baseman Josh DiScipio (Schenectady, N.Y.) collected a hit in the first game and two in the second to extend his hitting streak to 21 games.
Boston College next heads to Jamaica, N.Y., for a three-game series against St. John's, which got swept in three games this weekend by Virginia Tech. The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday, May 10 and a single game the next day. The action starts at noon both days.