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Baseball's Ninth-Inning Rally vs. No. 25 Virginia Tech Falls Short

The Eagles donned Strikeout ALS hats in honor of Pete Frates.

The Eagles donned Strikeout ALS hats in honor of Pete Frates.

May 4, 2013

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Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team scored five runs in the ninth to mount a comeback, but it fell just short, and the 25th-ranked Virginia Tech earned the 7-5 victory on Saturday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond to clinch the series.

The Eagles (10-37, 2-23 ACC) hosted the Hokies (30-18, 13-13 ACC) in the Second Annual ALS Awareness Game in front of a Commander Shea Field record 2,306 fans as both raised a combined $5,000 for the Pete Frates #3 Fund, which was presented to the Frates family before the start of the game. The new attendance record broke the one set at last year's ALS Awareness Game.

Junior RHP Eric Stevens (0-11) went 4.2 innings, allowed seven hits, seven runs - three earned - walked two and struck out three. Freshman left-handed Jesse Adams allowed just two hits while striking out four in 3.1 scoreless innings of relief. He did not walk a batter.

Right-hander Devin Burke (8-3) tallied the win, throwing seven scoreless innings and allowing just two hits and two walks. He struck out six. Jake Joyce tallied his third save, getting the final out of the game.

Senior Matt McGovern led the way for the Eagles with a 2-for-3 performance. He kept his season-long, five-game hit streak alive with two singles. Freshman Gabriel Hernandez was 2-for-4 with a two-run double and a run scored on the afternoon.

Trailing by seven in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, the Eagles rallied to score five before Joyce ended their hopes of a comeback. Freshman Stephen Sauter doubled down the left-field line to score senior Matt Paré, who was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a groundout. McGovern singled to put runners on the corners and freshman Logan Hoggarth tallied an infield single to plate the second run of the inning. McGovern and Hoggarth moved into scoring position when third baseman Brendon Hayden's throw to first went wide and Hernandez came through with a double to left center to clear the bases. Sophomore Blake Butera knocked Hernandez in for the fifth run on a liner to second, which hit off the glove of Matt Dauby. Joyce entered the game and was able to get freshman Joe Cronin to ground to short for the Hokie win.

The Hokies scored two in the first to begin their day. Tyler Horan led off with single to left and Andrew Rash moved him over with sac bunt. Hayden got a blooper to fall in shallow left to put runners on the corners and Chad Morgan executed a squeeze play to score the first run of the game. Ryan Burns followed with a single up the middle to plate Hayden.

VT added another run in the third and one in the fourth. In the third, with two down, Stevens put two on with a walk and hit by pitch. Rash chopped one to third, which Hernandez was unable to field, allowing a run to come in. In the fourth, Dauby tallied a two-out single to left and, with the hit and run on, Alex Perez doubled to right center to bring him in and make it a 4-0 game.

The Hokies added three in the fifth on two hits and an error. Mark Zagunis led off with a double and after Stevens forced a fly out, he intentioned walked Rash. A groundout moved the runners to second and third and shortstop Cronin fielded a hart-hit grounder off Morgan's bat, but his throw was too low and Zagunis came around to score. Burns followed with a bases-clearing double off the wall in left center to make it a 7-0 game. Adams entered the game and got out of the inning with a strikeout swinging.

In the eighth, Adams retired the first two batters with strikeouts and MCGOVERN earned his second outfield assist as Perez singled to center, but tried to take two and the centerfielder gunned him down at the bag.

The teams return for the series finale at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. Before the start of the game, BC's seven seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony.

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