Le Moyne Scores In Ninth To Take Down Baseball, 5-4
May 9, 2009
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - After the Boston College baseball team tied the game in the eighth, Le Moyne scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth to beat the Eagles, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.
After the first two batters were retired in the ninth, Le Moyne's Matt Marra got himself on third base. He doubled down the line in right and was able to hustle to third when the throw to second got past the bag. Chris Edmondson drove in the game-winning run when he got a hold of a 3-2 pitch and dropped it in front of the center fielder.
BC would threaten in the bottom half of the frame but couldn't get a run across. Sophomore Matt Hamlet walked with one out and then junior Tony Sanchez pulled the first pitch he saw for a single to put runners on first and second base. Luke Nellis got a big strikeout for out number two and then Sean Paino made a diving play in center to rob BC of a hit to end the game.
Sanchez went 3-for-5 for the Eagles (29-20) with a double and a run. Sophomore Mickey Wiswall belted his 12th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the first inning. Senior JB MacDonald worked 7.0 innings on the mound and allowed four runs on eight hits. He struck out seven and did not issue a walk but didn't get a decision.
Boston College jumped on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first with a pair of two-out runs. After the first two batters were retired, Sanchez roped a double down the line in left and then Wiswall took Jeff Tardiff deep over the wall in center to put the Eagles on top, 2-0.
Brett Botsford got one of those runs back in the third when he took a 2-2 pitch the other way for an opposite field home run.
The Dolphins scored two more times in the fourth to take a one-run lead. Edmondson wore a fastball on the shoulder to start the inning and then Chris Haynes singled through the right side of the infield to put runners on the corners. Matt Nandin laid a bunt down that the first baseman couldn't handle which tied the game and put runners back on first and third.
Paino kept the rally going with another single through the right side to put Le Moyne ahead for the first time, 3-2. Paino was picked off by MacDonald which left Nandin at third with one out and the Eagles were able to get out of the inning without any more harm.
Le Moyne put up another run in the seventh to make its lead 4-2. Chris Murphy singled and Botsford was hit by a pitch to put a pair of runners on base and with two outs and a 2-2 count on him, Edmondson lined one into center to push the lead to two.
Boston College tied the game in the bottom of the eighth with two runs. Junior Mike Belfiore walked with one out and then classmate Barry Butera slipped one up the middle for a single to put two on base. Senior Harry Darling came on to pinch hit and sent a 2-2 offering down the line in right for a double and a run to pull BC within one, 4-3.
Another pinch hitter stepped up big in freshman Anthony Melchionda as he tied the game with a groundout to second.
Botsford, Edmondson and Haynes each had two hits for Le Moyne (22-21) with Edmondson driving in two runs. Tardiff got a no decision after throwing 7.1 innings and allowing four runs on seven hits. He struck out five and walked five.
The two teams will wrap up the weekend on Sunday when they face each other at noon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.