Baseball Falls to Pittsburgh
May 4, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team dropped the series finale to Pittsburgh, 16-11, on Sunday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. The Eagles (20-29, 9-18 ACC) took an early 8-0 lead after two innings but let it slip away, surrendering 16 runs in five innings to the Panthers (21-24, 11-13 ACC). Pitt took the series after BC won the first game but dropped the next two.
Sophomore Chris Shaw turned in a 3-for-3 performance with four runs and a career-high five RBIs. He doubled twice and hit his team-leading fifth home run. He is the second Eagle to record five RBIs in a single game this year as freshman Michael Strem did so on April 16 against UMass-Lowell. Shaw also extended his career-long hit streak to 15 games, which ties for third in BC record books, dating back to 2005. Shaw went 7-for-10 with six RBIs in the series with the Panthers.
Freshman Nick Sciortino also had a career day with four hits in five at bats and scoring two runs. He also drove in one, while classmate Johnny Adams extended his hit streak to six games, tying a career long. He also drove in a run. Sophomore Gabriel Hernandez was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI in the rubber match. He was 7-for-13 in the series.
The Eagles outhit the Panthers, 17-15, tying a season high for hits. Eight of the nine hitters recorded at least one hit in the contest. The 11 runs scored were a season high but the 16 allowed were as well.
Sophomore right-handed starter Jeff Burke pitched well through the first two, but allowed six runs in third, cutting his outing short. He went 2.1 innings, gave up six hits, six runs, one walk and struck out three. Freshman right Mike King (2-2) picked up the loss, allowing seven hits, five runs, one walk and one strikeout over 2.1 innings.
Junior lefty Nick Poore threw 2.2 without allowing a hit or run in his relief effort. He struck out three and allowed just one walk.
Pitt starter RHP Matt Wotherspoon lasted only 1.2 innings, giving up six hits, eight runs - three earned - and struck out one. Right-hand reliever Sam Mersing (2-2) tallied the win, throwing 2.1 innings, allowing five hits, one unearned run, one walk and one K.
Shaw got the Eagles on the board in the first with a two-out bomb over the center-field fence. Hernandez had led off the game with a single up the middle to put one on for the power-hitting lefty.
The Eagles extended their lead to 8-0 in the second with six runs and five hits. Adams reached on an error with one away and moved all the way to third on a base hit through the right side by senior John Hennessy. Sciortino laid down a bunt to plate Adams and he beat out the throw to tally a single. Hernandez doubled off the wall in right to drive in Hennessy before junior Blake Butera was hit to load the bases. With two down, Shaw launched one to left to clear the bases with a double. The Panthers went to the pen for Mersing. Strem knocked one to center to score Shaw from second for the eighth BC run.
The Panthers climbed back in the game in the third, scoring six runs to make it 8-6. They started the inning with five straight hits. With runners on first and second after two base hits, Casey Roche, Steven Shelinsky Jr. and Eric Hess tallied three doubles in a row to score four. Burke hit the next batter and Caleb Parry laid down a sac bunt to move the runners into scoring position. King came on in relief and Hess scored on a wild pitch to make it a three-run game. Matt Johnson plated the sixth Pitt run with a sac fly to right before King got the final out looking to get out of the inning.
Pitt took the lead in the fourth, scoring three runs to go up, 9-8. Three straight singles loaded the bases and King hit Shelinsky Jr. to make it a one-run game. Hess singled through the right side to tie it up and Dylan Wolsonovich hit a sacrifice fly to right to score the go-ahead run. Shaw fired the ball into Hennessy, who was able to gun down Hess trying to tag up to second and King finished the inning with a fly out to center.
BC tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Shaw led off with a walk and moved to second on a throwing error by catcher Manny Pazos. Senior Tom Bourdon knocked a base hit through the right side to put runners at the corners and Adams drove in Shaw with a single up the middle to make it nine all.
The Panthers retook the lead in the fifth, scoring two to make it a 11-9 game. Johnson led off with a single and with one down, Stephen Vranka tripled to right center to break the tie. Boo Vazquez hit a blooper in shallow right center to score Vranka before King got Roche to ground to short. Cronin was able to catch Vazquez off the bag for the second out. With runners on first and second and redshirt sophomore lefty Tyler Hinchliffe in, catcher Sciortino caught Roche trying to take third to end the inning.
BC got one back in the bottom of the inning with righty Jon Danielczyk on the mound. Sciortino led off with liner off the glove off the second baseman and moved into scoring position on Hernandez's sac bunt. Butera single to left to put runners on the corners and sophomore Joe Cronin hit a sac fly to right to plate Sciortino. Pitt intentionally walked Shaw and he was picked off first before the Eagles could do any more damage.
The Panthers increased their lead to six with a five-run sixth. They loaded the bases on an error and two walks and sophomore RHP John Nicklas relieved Hinchliffe. He walked in pinch hitter Nick Yarnell for the first run of the inning. Another run crossed the plate on a passed ball before a walk reloaded the bases. Vazquez chopped one to first and Hennessy threw home to get the lead runner, but the throw bounced in, allowing the run to score. Roche then doubled to the wall in left center to score two more Pitt runs, making it a 16-10 game. Poore replaced Nicklas and, after giving up a walk, forced a shallow fly out and struck out the final batter of the inning on three straight pitches.
Shaw led off the eighth with a double and Strem followed with one of his own to make it a 16-11 game.
The Eagles return to action with a three-game, non-conference series with Binghamton beginning on Saturday, May 10 at 4 p.m.