Baseball Rallies to Defeat No. 25 Virginia Tech, 5-3
May 5, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass - The Boston College baseball team used a four-run eighth to come back to defeat 25th-ranked Virginia Tech, 5-3, on Sunday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. Before the start of the game, seven seniors were recognized for their career in the Maroon and Gold.
The Eagles (11-37, 3-23 ACC) outhit the Hokies (30-19, 13-14 ACC), 10-9, in the series finale as they tallied their third ACC win of the year. Freshman Stephen Sauter led the way with a 2-for-3 performance while senior Matt Paré and junior Jimmy Dowdell were both 2-for-4. Paré had two RBIs and Dowdell one.
Redshirt freshman left-hander Andrew Chin pitched 6.1 innings in a no decision, allowing six hits, two run and no walks. He struck out four. Freshman right-hander Jeff Burke (1-1) tallied his first career win, throwing two innings of relief without giving up a hit, walk or run. He rung up two. Sophomore RHP John Gorman tallied his second save of the year, allowing two hits in 0.2 innings.
Virginia Tech right-hand reliever Clark Labitan (0-5) picked up the loss, giving up five hits, four runs and striking out one in one inning. Starter RHP Brad Markey went the first seven and allowed five hits, one run, two walks and struck out five.
In their final ACC home game, Paré and Dowdell came through for the Eagles in the eighth to put them on top. Down by one, Paré launched a one-out solo shot over the right-field fence to tie the game at two. Sauter tallied a base hit off the Labitan's glove and fellow freshman Chris Shaw knocked a single to right to put runners on the corners. Dowdell laid a perfect bunt down toward first base, allowing redshirt freshman pinch runner Nick Colucci to score and put BC on top by one. After senior Matt McGovern reached on a fielder's choice, freshman Gabriel Hernandez doubled to the corner in left to score two more and give the Eagles a 5-2 lead.
The Eagles were the first to score, tallying a run in the fourth as freshman Joe Cronin led off with their first hit of the game, a double down the left-field line. Junior John Hennessy followed with a base hit to left to put runners on the corners. Paré smacked one between third and short, and although shortstop Alex Perez was able to field the ball, he had nowhere to throw it, and Cronin crossed the plate.
The Hokies took the lead the next inning after Chin retired the first 11 batters he faced. Tyler Horan started the inning with his own lead-off double and Andrew Rash battled Chin for a nine-pitch at bat before hitting a slow roller to third for an infield single. With runners at first and third, Brendon Hayden grounded out to plate the tying run. Chad Morgan singled to left to score Rash and give Tech the 2-1 lead. A catcher's interference call put two on, but Chin was able to get out of the jam, forcing a foul fly out and a groundout to first.
VT threatened in the ninth after graduate student Nate Bayuk came in to pitch with one down. Horan doubled to left center and Gorman entered the game. He forced a foul fly out before Hayden singled to score Horan to make it a two-run game. After another single, Gorman got a chopper back to the mound to end the game and preserve the Eagles' win.
The Eagles return to action on Tuesday, May 14 with their final home game against Maine before wrapping up the season with a three-game series at Maryland beginning on May 16.