Baseball Drops Series Opener to Maryland, 11-10
May 5, 2006
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Maryland used 17 hits and two home runs to overcome a seven-run deficit and edge Boston College 11-10 at Shea Field in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
BC scored at least one run in the in each of the first four innings, but the Terps fought back in the fifth, scoring four, highlighted by a two-run blast to left center by Dan Melvin that helped cut the lead to 7-4.
The Terps then exploded for seven runs in the eighth to put the game out of reach. RBI doubles Melvin and Chad Durakis and two-run home run by Dan Benick gave Maryland the 11-7 lead.
The Eagles have outscored opponents 48-20 in the first inning this season and continued to get ahead early on Friday as Johnny Ayers led off the BC first with a single to center. After Jeff Schomaker executed a perfect sacrifice bunt, Ayers then reached third on a wild pitch. A Jared McGuire groundout gave the Eagles an early 1-0 lead.
McGuire added two more RBIs in the third when he crushed a Casey Bara offering to left for his third home run of the season, scoring Schomaker who walked to start the inning.
BC mounted a rally in the ninth, started by a Ryne Reynoso double to right. A Preziosi single scored Reynoso and Shawn McGill followed with a walk. Both runners were moved into scoring position on a Hutchinson groundout, and Campbell pulled the Eagles within one run with a single to right, making the score 11-10. However, Seth Overbey converted the save by getting a groundout to end the game.
The Eagles drop to 26-22-1, 7-18 in the ACC, while Maryland moves to 22-28 and 8-20 in the conference.
The two teams will square off again tomorrow at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, Mass. in a televised game, broadcast live by Fox Sports New England.