Baseball Start Series at Maryland with a Win
May 16, 2013
College Park, Md. - The Boston College baseball team took the first game of the series with Maryland, 2-1, on Thursday evening at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium behind another strong pitching performance by senior right-hander Hunter Gordon.
The Eagles (12-38, 4-23 ACC) used the two runs they scored in the first two innings to defeat the Terrapins (28-25, 9-19 ACC), outhitting them, 6-3. Neither team recorded an error.
Gordon (2-4) ended his BC career with a win, going 7.1 innings, allowing just three hits, one run, three walks and striking out two. He got the last batter he faced with a strikeout swinging to finish his career with 104 total Ks. The right-hander made four strong starts to finish his career, going 22.2 scoreless innings before giving up a run in the sixth to the Terps. The last runs he allowed were at Wake Forest in the fifth inning on April 20, shutting out Miami and Virginia Tech during his time on the hill. He allowed just one run in his final 24.1 innings in the Maroon and Gold.
Freshman righty Jeff Burke earned his first career save, pitching the final 1.2 innings without giving up a hit, run or walk and ending the game with a strike out swinging. Classmate Chris Shaw led the Eagles with a 2-for-3 performance, hitting two extra-base hits, a double and his team-leading sixth home run.
Senior Matt Paré tallied an RBI single in the first and has now reached base in 15 straight games, a season high for BC. Freshman Joe Cronin tallied a base hit in the eighth to extend his career-long hit streak to three games.
Maryland's LHP Jimmy Reed (6-4) shouldered the loss, going 8.1 innings and allowing six hits, two runs - both earned - three walks and striking out a career-high 11.
The Eagles didn't waste any time scoring, notching a run in their first at bat. Sophomore Blake Butera led off with a single to left and with the hit and run on, junior John Hennessy moved him over with a base hit through the left side. Paré came through with a one-out single to left to plate Butera.
Shaw added to BC's lead starting off the second with a solo shot over the right-field fence. It was the first lead-off bomb since Paré hit one almost a year ago against Duke on May 18, 2012.
The Terps cut the lead in half in the sixth as Charlie White drew a two-out, full-count walk. Before that batter, Gordon had retired 12 batters in a row. Jordan Hagel followed with an infield single as shortstop Cronin made the diving stop, but the throw from his knees was too late to the second-base bag. LaMonte Wade drove White in with a base hit to left to make it a 2-1 game.
In the seventh, with a runner on second after a walk and sacrifice bunt, freshman left fielder Logan Hoggarth ran down a ball in left center, making a sliding catch near the fence to keep the Eagles' one-run lead. Gordon forced a groundout to end the inning.
Former NFL player O.J. Brigance and director of baseball operations Pete Frates served as honorary captains and met with the head coaches at home plate to exchange lineups before the start of the game. The Eagles and Terps wore Brigance Brigade tee shirts during batting practice in honor of both former athletes and to promote ALS awareness.
The two teams return to action on Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m.