Baseball Falls to Maine
May 13, 2014
Sanford, Maine - The Boston College baseball team dropped a 12-3 decision to Maine on Tuesday evening at Goodall Park in the final non-conference game of the season. The Eagles (21-31) used seven different pitchers as the Black Bears (22-26) tallied 17 hits, a season-high for the Eagles.
Freshman Michael Strem led the way at the plate with a 2-for-4 performance. Sophomore Joe Cronin, playing in his home state, tallied two hits in five at bats, driving in a run. Freshman Johnny Adams notched a single to extend his hit streak to a career-long nine games, while sophomore Chris Shaw was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a walk. He has reached base safely in the last 19 games.
Freshman right-handed starter Justin Dunn (1-1) lasted just two innings, allowed four hits, five runs, two walks and struck out three. Freshman RHP Bobby Skogsbergh and redshirt freshman RHP Luke Fernandes, also a Maine native, pitched an inning each of scoreless relief. Skogsbergh allowed one hit, while Fernandes gave up two and struck out one.
Maine starter RHP Charlie Butler pitched two scoreless innings, allowed one hit, one walk and one strikeout. Righty Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes (1-2) entered the game and pitched six innings, allowing seven hits, three runs - two earned - two walks and two strikeouts to pick up the win.
After Dunn had a quick first inning, striking out two and stranding a runner, he allowed five runs in the second to give Maine an early 5-0 lead. The Black Bears loaded the bases to start the inning with a double, walk and hit by pitch. Dunn got the first out swinging, but gave up a double down the right-field line to Luke Morrill. Sam Balzano grounded to short, scoring a run and all runners were safe as Cronin's throw to third was offline. The Eagles caught Balzano in a run down between first and second for the second out, but two straight base hits scored two more before Dunn got a fly ball to end the inning.
The Eagles got two back in the third with Gosselin-Deschesnes in the game. Freshman Nick Sciortino led off with a single to left center and with one down, junior Blake Butera chopped one to third. Morrill overthrew the bag and, without anyone backing up first, Sciortino was able to score BC's first run. Cronin tallied an infield single to score Butera to make it a 5-2 game.
Maine scored three in the bottom of the inning with senior lefty Steve Green on the mound to take an 8-2 lead. With runners on first and second, Jonathan Salcedo singled up the middle to plate one. Green loaded the bases with a walk and Balzano plated one with a grounder to second. Colin Gay hit a sac fly to left to score the third run before Green forced a fly ball to get out of the inning.
The Black Bears added two in the fourth with junior LHP Nick Poore in for Green. After a getting quick groundout, Poore allowed a triple to Troy Black before recording a strikeout for the second out. Two walks loaded the bases and Morrill singled through the right side two score two.
BC got one back in the fifth as Butera led off with a double to left and moved to third on Cronin's second infield single. Shaw hit a sac fly to center to plate Butera.
Redshirt sophomore LHP Tyler Hinchliffe allowed one run in the sixth as Maine went up, 11-3. Back-to-back singles put two Black Bears on and a passed ball moved both into scoring position. Balzano singled to plate one before a shallow fly ended the inning.
Strem came in from left to pitch the eighth, making his first appearance on the hill since March 14. He got two quick outs by way of the K before allowing three straight hits, including an RBI double to Scott Heath to plate a run.
The Eagles close out the regular season with a three-game series at No. 25 Clemson beginning on Thursday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. All games will be broadcast on ESPN3.