May 13, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team defeated Fordham, 15-3, to split the two-game series on Sunday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. The 12-run victory was the largest margin of victory of 2012 for the Eagles (21-30).
BC tied a season-high with 19 hits and 14 RBIs as six Eagles tallied at least two hits and five recorded at least two RBIs. Junior Rob Moir led the way with a career-high four hits and a career-tying three RBIs. He also scores two runs. Sophomore Nate LaPointe also had three RBIs on a 2-for-4 day, while senior Andrew Lawrence was 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs and freshman Tyler Hinchliffe was 3-for-5 with two runs batted in.
Senior left-hand reliever Nate Bayuk (3-2) tallied the win, pitching two scoreless innings, allowing just two hits. Freshman starter RHP Eric Stone went the first two innings, allowing three hits, two runs and three walks. Five BC relievers combined for only three walks, five hits and one run on the afternoon.
RHP John Porter (2-7) shouldered the loss for the Rams (22-31). He went four innings, gave up 13 hits, nine runs, four walks and struck out four.
While the two teams kept it close through the first three and a half innings, registering two ties and three lead changes, the Eagles tallied six runs in the fourth to break open the game.
The Rams tallied a run in the first as cleanup hitter Mike Mauri drove in Ryan Lee, who singled up the middle and moved to second on a walk. The Eagles tied the game in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by sophomore Tom Bourdon, plating senior Marc Perdios, who led off the game with a double to left.
Fordham took back the lead, scoring another run in the top of the second on a two-out double by Rob McCunney. BC tied the game in the bottom half of the frame, also with two outs. Lawrence singled through the right side on a full count and LaPointe drew a walk to put Lawrence in scoring position. Hinchliffe brought him in on a single to center to make it a 2-2 ballgame.
The Eagles took their first lead when Lawrence tallied a bases-loaded walk in the third. They exploded with six runs off six hits in the fourth inning to take a 9-2 lead. BC loaded the bases with two down as Hinchliffe tallied his second hit of the game, freshman Blake Butera singled and senior Anthony Melchionda walked. Moir smashed one to right center to score two and Melchionda crossed the plate on an errant throw by centerfielder Matthew Cianci. Senior Spenser Payne tacked on two more with a bomb over the left-field fence, his sixth of the season.
Tim Swatek got one back for the Rams in the next frame, launching a solo shot to right center off senior reliever LHP Kyle Prohovich.
The Eagles added six more in the eighth before the game was over. Moir tallied his fourth hit on a double to right to score Bourdon, who led off the inning with a single. With the bases loaded, Lawrence ripped one to right to score Melchionda, who had walked. LaPointe added two more with a double to deep center. Hinchliffe grounded out to first to score a run and Perdios finished the Eagles' scoring with a sac fly.
The Eagles will travel to Portland, Maine, to take on Maine on Tuesday, May 15 at 6 p.m. at Hadlock Field.