Baseball Loses to Maine, 9-4
May 15, 2012
Portland, Maine - The Boston College baseball team fell to Maine, 9-4, on Tuesday evening at Hadlock Stadium. The Black Bears (26-22) outhit the Eagles (21-31), 13-7, on the evening and retook the lead, after BC got ahead in the sixth.
Senior Andrew Lawrence tallied a 2-for-4 performance with a home run and a single. The three-run shot put the Maroon and Gold up, 3-2, in the sixth. Maine came back to take the lead in the seventh, scoring four runs.
Senior RHP Kyle Prohovich (1-3) shouldered the loss, pitching 1.1 innings of relief, giving up two hits, three runs and one walk, while striking out two. Freshman starter lefty Nick Poore threw the first two innings, allowed three hits, two runs and two walks.
Maine's left-handed reliever Jonathan Balentina (3-0) earned the win in 2.2 innings of work. He walked one and did not allow a hit, run or strikeout. Starter RHP Mike Connolly went 5.1 innings, gave up seven hits, three runs, three walks and struck out two.
Sophomore Tom Bourdon tallied a single in the third and a walk, reaching base safely in the last 14 games. Lawrence has tallied a hit in the last five games.
The Black Bears were the first to get on the board, tallying a run in the first. Michael Fransoso doubled to lead off and after moving to second on a groundout, Tyler Patzalek plated him on a sac fly.
Maine added a run in the second as Troy Black tallied a bases-loaded single into short left center to make it a 2-0 game.
The Eagles took the lead in the sixth as Lawrence launched his second homer of the season, a three-run shot over the right-field wall. Junior Rob Moir and senior Spenser Payne tallied back-to-back singles to put two on for the right fielder. Prohovich pitched an efficient 1-2-3 sixth to keep the BC lead.
The Black Bears took the lead back in the seventh, scoring four runs. They loaded the bases on an infield single and a double with one out and after an intentional walk to load the bases, freshman RHP John Gorman took the mound. Alex Calbick hit a chopper to second, which sophomore second baseman Blake Butera misplayed, allowing two runs to score. Fran Whitten and Brian Doran tallied back-to-back RBI singles to give Maine a 6-3 lead before Gorman got a groundout and a strikeout looking to end the inning.
Maine added three more on back-to-back doubles off new reliever freshman Tyler Hinchliffe, who came in with runners on the corners.
The Eagles scored the final run of the game in their last at bats, as junior Matt Paré and senior Marc Perdios drew walks and with two down, Bourdon chopped one to first. First baseman Justin Leisenheimer misplayed the ball and it went into the outfield, allowing Paré to score.
The Eagles host Duke in the final regular-season series, beginning on Thursday, May 17 at 2:30 p.m. at Shea Field.