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Baseball Ends Home Season with Win on Senior Day

Burke tallied his second win with a relief appearance.

Burke tallied his second win with a relief appearance.

May 11, 2014

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Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team earned a 5-3 victory over Binghamton on Sunday afternoon in the final home game of 2014 at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. Prior to the start of the game, the five seniors - Tom Bourdon, Steve Green, John Hennessy, Nate LaPointe and Eric Stevens - were honored for their accomplishments in their four years with the Eagles (21-30).

Bourdon turned in a 2-for-4 performance in his last game at Pellagrini Diamond, scoring a run and extending his hit streak to eight games, tying his career long. Hennessy tallied a hit on the afternoon as well. Freshman Johnny Adams was 1-for-1 with a walk, sac fly and sacrifice bunt, also extending his hit streak to a career-long eight games.

Sophomore Chris Shaw was 0-for-2 with an RBI, run scored and an intentional walk, ending his career-long hit streak at 16 games, which ranked third in BC record books (dating back to 2005).

Sophomore right-hander Jeff Burke (2-5) pitched the final five innings without allowing a run to pick up the win for the Eagles. He struck out three, walked one and allowed just four hits. Starter redshirt sophmore LHP Andrew Chin went four innings, allowed seven hits, three runs and struck out two. He did not allow a walk.

The Bearcats (20-22) starter RHP Jake Cryts went five innings, allowed three hits, one unearned run, struck out two and walked one. Righty Casey Wenzel (1-3) pitched 0.2 innings of relief and recorded the loss, allowing one hit, two runs and two walks.

BU struck first, tallying a run in the second. With one out, Reed Gamache singled to center before Chin got the second out looking. John Howell hit one back up the middle, advancing Gamache to third and Eddie Posavec hit a slow roller to third and beat the throw to first to score the first run of the game.

The Eagles tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Shaw drew a lead-off walk and Bourdon tallied a one-out single to put two on. Both runners moved up on a passed ball and Adams plated Shaw with a sac fly to center.

Binghamton retook the lead, 3-1, in its next at bat with a two-run shot by Shaun McGraw. With two outs, Jake Thomas singled and McGraw followed with a home run over the left-field wall. Chin ended the inning with a first-pitch grounder to second.

The Eagles put runners on the corners in the fifth as Adams and Hennessy tallied back-to-back singles with one out but a shallow fly ball and a strikeout stranded the two. In the top of the sixth, after tallying his first K of the game, Burke gave up a double to Darian Herncane, but Howell hit a liner and first baseman Hennessy made a diving catch then doubled off Herncane to end the inning.

The Eagles cut the lead to one in the sixth with new pitcher RHP Jextin Pugh on the hill. Junior Blake Butera drew a lead-off walk and sophomore Joe Cronin doubled to center to put runners on second and third. Shaw grounded out to second to score Butera and make it a 3-2 game.

BC pulled ahead in the seventh, scoring two to take a 4-2 lead. Wenzel walked Adams to start the inning before forcing two groundouts. With Adams on third, Sophomore Gabriel Hernandez chopped a high one to short and beat the throw, allowing Adams to score and tie the game. After Butera walked on four pitches, righty Nicholas Liegi relieved Wenzel and Cronin knocked one to shallow left field, plating Hernandez as the go-ahead run. Liegi intentionally walked Shaw to load the bases, but forced a long fly to right center to get out of the jam.

The Eagles added a run in the eighth to go up by two. Bourdon laced the ball to first and it bounced off the bag for a single. Adams advanced Bourdon 60 feet with a sac bunt and sophomore Stephen Sauter knocked one between first and second for a base hit. First baseman McGraw made a diving stop, but had no one to throw to, allowing Sauter to reach and Bourdon rounded third and crossed the plate to give BC a 5-3 lead.

Burke started the ninth with three straight strikes looking before allowing a single to Howell. The Eagles turned their third double play of the day to end the game.

BC returns to action on Tuesday, May 13 with a 5:30 p.m. game against Maine in Sanford, Maine, at Goodall Park.

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