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Baseball Ties St. John's, 4-4

May 8, 1999

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Senior first baseman Sean McGowan hit a solo home run - his 24th of the season - in the bottom of the eighth inning to cap his teams comeback as Boston College earned a 4-4 tie with St. Johns in a BIG EAST game at BCs Commander Shea Field. The game was stopped because of darkness after the top of the ninth inning.

The game was twice stopped for extended periods because of rain.

St. Johns (25-18-2) took a 2-0 lead on back-to-back home runs by Dan Neil and Matt Galante in the third inning.

Boston College (23-19-1) cut the deficit in half in the fourth inning on a solo home run by junior right fielder Mike Quirk. The home run was Quirks fourth of the season.

In the seventh stanza, the Red Storms Robert Fierro hit his first homer of the season - a two-run blast - to give SJU a 4-1 cushion.

The host Eagles trimmed the margin to 4-3 with two runs on three hits in the bottom of the seventh. Senior catcher Jeff Waldron began the rally with a lead-off double. After St. Johns pitcher Kevin McGerry retired the next two batters, junior Eric Olson walked, setting the stage for back-to-back RBI singles by senior Mike Gambino and sophomore Mike Hubbard.

McGowan evened the score with his homer in the next inning.

Junior Andy Sullivan went the distance for Boston College, allowing seven hits. He fanned six batters.

SJUs McGerry also went the distance, allowing six hits. He also recorded six strikeouts.

Boston College and St. Johns will resume their three-game series with a doubleheader at Shea Field on Sunday, May 9. The first game will begin at noon.

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