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Baseball Falls to Fordham, 7-4

Melchionda has 200 career hits, eighth in BC record books.

Melchionda has 200 career hits, eighth in BC record books.

May 12, 2012

Box Score

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball lost a non-conference matchup to Fordham, 7-4, on Saturday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. The Eagles (20-30) got down early, came back to tie the game, but the Rams (22-30) were able to regain the lead and get the win.

Freshman Tyler Hinchliffe led the way for BC at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, a run and a walk. Senior Anthony Melchionda was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Junior RHP Hunter Gordon (2-7) shouldered the loss, pitching three innings of relief, allowing three runs, three hits, three walks and struck one out. Starter sophomore RHP Eric Stevens also went three innings, allowing three runs, three hits and three walks. Senior right-hand reliever Matt Brazis pitched the final two innings, did not allow a run, gave up one walk, one hit and struck out three.

Reliever RHP Joseph Charest (5-8) tallied the win, pitching 4.2 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks and striking out three. Right-handed starter Daniel Munday went 4.1 innings, allowing five hits, four runs, one walk and struck out five.

The Rams took an early lead, scoring three in the first and one in the fourth. They started the game with back-to-back singles and loaded the bases by drawing a walk. Stephen McSherry plated the first run with a sacrifice fly. Stevens hit two consecutive batters to bring in another run and then walked in a run to give Fordham a 3-0 lead.

Gordon got two quick outs in the fourth but loaded the bases and walked in a run to give the Rams a four-run lead.

The Eagles got one back in the bottom of the inning as sophomore Tom Bourdon drew a walk, advanced to second on a groundout and to third on a wild pitch. Junior Rob Moir drove him in on a two-out single up the middle to cut the lead, 4-1.

BC tied the game in the fifth, after Gordon retired the side in order in the top of the frame. Hinchliffe led off the bottom of the inning with a double to center, the first extra-base hit of the game. Sophomore John Hennessy hit one back at Munday and senior Marc Perdios was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Sophomore Blake Butera grounded one to first to score Hinchliffe and Bourdon plated Hennessy with a sac fly to center. Melchionda tallied his second hit with a single to left center, scoring Perdios from second.

Fordham took the lead back in the sixth, scoring two on a two-out double by Ryan Maghini.

Brazis came in in the eighth with the bases loaded and walked the first batter he faced to give the Rams a 7-4 lead. He struck the next batter out on three pitches and ended the inning on a 4-6-3 double play.

The Eagles tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the ninth as Hinchliffe lined one into center with one out and stole second. Perdios drew a walk with two down, but a fly out ended the game and gave Fordham the win.

The Eagles and Rams wrap up their series on Sunday, May 13 at 1 p.m.

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