Baseball Falls to Maine to Home Finale
May 14, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team scored seven runs in the final three innings, but could not finish off a comeback and lost to Maine, 9-7, on Tuesday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field in the final home game of the 2013 season.
The Black Bears (32-19) outhit the Eagles (11-38), 14-11, and both teams committed two errors and left 10 men on base in the non-conference finale.
On a day when seven BC pitchers saw action, senior RHP Jay Jeannotte (0-1) took the loss, allowing one run in the second inning. He gave up two hits and did not walk a batter. Sophomore right-hander John Gorman struck out a game-high three in two innings of work, while allowing three hits and two runs. Senior RHP Matt Alvarez and freshman righty Jeff Burke struck out two apiece. The seven arms allowed only two walks on the afternoon.
Maine's right-handed starte Jake Marks (4-0) earned the win, going 6.1 innings, allowing six hits, three runs - all earned - and three walks. Burk FitzPatrick tallied the save, going the final 1.2 innings and giving up two hits, three runs, a walk and striking out one.
Maine scored first after sophomore Blake Butera and freshman Joe Cronin, who singled and doubled, respectively, were stranded in the first. Jeannotte got two quick outs before giving up a double and hitting batter. Colin Gay smacked a full-count pitch down the third-base line that hit off the glove of freshman third baseman Gabriel Hernandez, allowing a run to come in. Jeannotte forced a popup to end the inning.
The Black Bears added three runs to their lead in the fifth with Alvarez on the hill. After a 123 fourth in which the righty struck out two, he loaded the bases on a fielder's choice, error and walk with one out. Alex Calbick singled to center to score two and moved up to second when senior centerfielder Matt MGovern mishandled the ball. Burke entered the game with runners on second and third and Eric White hit a sac fly to make it a 4-0 game before the right-hander induced a fly ball to get out of the inning.
Maine tallied a run the following inning off Burke as Scott Heath doubled to start the sixth. Gay drove him in with a single to right center. Burke stranded runners on second and third with two straight strikeouts looking.
The Black Bears added two more to make it a 7-0 game in the seventh with junior lefty Steve Green on the hill. Calbick led off with a double and White plated him with a single to right center. With runners on first and second after another single, Heath attempted a sac bunt to move the runners over, but junior first baseman John Hennessy fielded the ball and threw the lead runner out at third for the first out. Green got the next batter looking before giving up a base hit to Shane Bussey to drive in the second run of the inning.
The Eagles got three in the seventh on a bases-clearing double by senior Matt Paré. Hernandez tallied a one-out single and Butera followed with a walk. Cronin tallied his second hit of the game with a single to left to load the bases. With two down and right-hander D.J. Voisine on the hill, Paré knocked one to the wall in right center to plate all three runners. He has reached base safely in the last 14 games, the longest streak of the season for the Eagles.
BC made it a 7-4 game in the eighth as McGovern led off with a double to the wall in right and Hernandez drove in junior pinch runner Jimmy Dowdell on a single up the middle.
Bussey gave Maine the two runs back in the top of the ninth with Gorman on the hill. After Gorman struck out two in the eighth and allowed just one single, he gave up a lead-off double to Fran Whitten, who moved to third on a bunt by Heath. Heath reached with Gorman went to third with the throw, but the pitcher picked him off for the second out. Bussey made it a 9-4 game with a two-run shot over the right-field fence before Gorman ended the inning with his third K.
The Eagles scored three in the ninth, trying to mount a comeback. Hennessy walked to start the inning and with one down, freshman Stephen Sauter singled to shallow right to put two one. Classmate Chris Shaw grounded out to first to move the runners into scoring position with two down and Hennessy crossed the plate on a wild pitch. Dowdell stepped to the plate and launched his first career home run in his final home game over the left-field wall to bring the Eagles within two. FitzPatrick forced a fly out to end the BC rally.
The Eagles head to College Park, Md., to wrap up the season with a three-game set against Maryland beginning on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. Director of baseball operations Pete Frates and former Raven O.J. Brigance will serve as honorary captains to promote ALS awareness.