May 5, 2010
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior John Spatola drove in three runs and hit his 12th home run of the season and the bullpen tossed 5.0 shutout innings as the Boston College baseball team defeated Harvard, 7-3, Wednesday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.
Spatola went 3-for-4 in the game with a solo homer and two runs scored. He also stole two bases. Junior Matt Hamlet was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and runs scored and senior Mike Sudol went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
The Eagles' (26-20) bullpen kept the Crimson at bay beginning in the fifth inning and only allowed one hit. Freshman Hunter Gordon picked up his first collegiate win after throwing 2.0 innings and junior Kevin Moran threw 2.0 frames as well with three strikeouts. Sophomore Matt Brazis closed out the game with a perfect ninth inning.
Harvard didn't waste any time and got on the board with a run in the top of the first. Dillon O'Neil led off the game with a single and then stole second and third with one out to get himself 90 feet from the plate. Chris Rouches walked to put runners on the corners but was picked off when he took off for second. Tyler Albright managed to get the run in with a two-out single.
BC matched that with a run of its own in the first. Hamlet hit the wall in left for a double with one out and then classmate Mickey Wiswall was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Spatola pulled a 1-2 pitch for an RBI single to tie the game.
Spatola then gave Boston College the lead in the third when he crushed a 2-2 pitch for a solo home run to right.
The Crimson fought back and scored twice in the top of the fifth to take a one-run lead. Kyle Larrow and O'Neill started the inning with a pair of singles and a passed ball moved them both into scoring position. Jeff Reynolds and Chris Rouches both grounded out to second to drive in the runs and give Harvard a 3-2 edge.
The Eagles scored four times - all with two outs - in the bottom half of the frame to take a three-run lead. Senior Robbie Anston drew a walk with one out and then got to second when a balk was called. After a strikeout, Wiswall hit a grounder to short and the first baseman couldn't handle the throw in the dirt. Anston never stopped running as he touched third and scored easily to tie the game again. After Wiswall stole second, Spatola gave the lead back to BC with a single to the gap in left.
Watson continued the rally when he forced another walk to put a pair on base and then sophomore Anthony Melchionda hit the hole on the left side for an RBI single to make it a two-run lead. Sudol brought in the last run with a single over the shortstop's head.
BC tacked on a run in the sixth to extend the lead to 7-3. Hamlet walked with two outs and moved to second on a passed ball and then Wiswall sent a pitch back up the middle for an RBI single.
O'Neill and Larrow both had two hits for Harvard (17-26) and Larrow recorded a double. Jonathan Strangio threw 3.1 innings of relief and allowed one run on five hits.
The Eagles are back in action on Friday when they host No. 5 Florida State in the opening game of a three-game set this weekend. That contest is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.