Baseball Drop Series Opener to No. 25 Clemson
May 15, 2014
Clemson, S.C. - The Boston College baseball team fell, 8-4, to 25th-ranked Clemson on Thursday evening at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Eagles (21-32, 9-19 ACC) fell behind to the Tigers (33-21, 14-13 ACC) early and even though they added runs late, their rally fell short.
Sophomore Chris Shaw was 2-for-4 with a single and his team-leading sixth home run of the season. He has reached base safely in the last 19 straight games. Freshman Johnny Adams came on as a defensive replacement at third in the sixth and in his first at bat in the eighth, singled up the middle to extend his career-long hit streak to 10 games, the fourth longest of the season for the Eagles.
Junior RHP John Gorman (3-7) went just three innings, allowed five hits, six runs - four earned - and two walks. He struck out three. Redshirt sophomore left-hander Tyler Hinchliffe threw four innings of relief, allowed just three hits, two runs - one earned - three walks and struck out three.
The Eagles outhit the Tigers, 9-8, marking the 10th loss when racking up more hits than their opponent.
CU starter left-hander Matthew Crownover (7-5) went seven innings, allowed six hits, one unearned run and struck out five. He did not walk a BC batter.
The Eagles struck first, tallying a run in their first at bat. Junior Blake Butera tallied a one-out single and sophomore Joe Cronin followed with a double to right center. The Clemson fielders collided, allowing Butera to score and Cronin to land on third. Crownover came back with two straight strikeouts to leave Cronin stranded on third.
The Tigers scored two in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. With one down, Tyler Krieger hit a solo shot to the bleachers in right center to tie the game. Steven Dugger followed with a double to right center. He moved to third on a grounder and scored on a wild pitch before a fly out retired the Tigers.
Jay Baum led off the second with a home run to give Clemson a 3-1 lead. Chris Okey singled with one out but freshman catcher Nick Sciortino gunned him down at second for the second out and, after a walk, Gorman got a strikeout to end the inning.
Clemson increased its lead to 6-1 in the third. Gorman started the inning by striking out Krieger, but Sciortino dropped the ball and his throw to first was high, allowing Krieger to land on second. After Dugger walked, Steve Wilkerson doubled to right center to score Krieger. Two sacrifice flies in a row plated two more CU runs before Gorman got out of the inning with another K.
Hinchliffe entered the game in the fourth and allowed one unearned run. The Tigers loaded the bases on two walks and an error and Krieger knocked in a run with a single to center that diving senior centerfielder Tom Bourdon almost came up with. Dugger grounded to first and senior John Hennessy fired home for the first out. Hinchliffe got out of the jam by forcing a 643 double play.
Sciortino threw out his second base runner in the seventh, but Dugger hit the third Clemson solo home run in the next at bat to give the Tigers an 8-1 lead.
Shaw cut the lead in half with a three-run jack in the eighth, making it an 8-4 game. Right-hander Jackson Campana started the inning and gave up a one-out base hit to Adams and hit Butera before getting Cronin to pop out. The Tigers brought in RHP Garrett Lovorn to face Shaw, who launched one over the right-field wall to clear the bases. Lovorn forced a groundout to end the inning. Sophomore southpaw Jesse Adams came in and pitched a 123 eighth, striking out one.
The Eagles threatened with two outs in the ninth with RHP Clay Bates in the game, but could not push any runs across. Hennessy drew a walk and Sciortino reached on an infield single and both runners moved into scoring position a wild pitch. Adams hit a hard grounder to short, but the throw just beat him to the bag to end the game.
The Eagles and Tigers return to action on Friday with another 6:30 p.m. start. The game will be on ESPN 3.