Baseball Ends Season With 6-5 Loss To West Virginia
May 17, 2003
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The baseball team's season came to an end Saturday, May 17 as it dropped a 6-5 decision to West Virginia at Shea Field.
The Eagles finish the year with a 33-21 overall record and a 13-11 mark in the BIG EAST. West Virginia (35-17, 18-6) heads to Bridgewater, N.J., as the No. 2 seed at next week's BIG EAST Championships.
Boston College owned a 5-2 lead through six innings, but it could not hold onto it as the Mountaineers scored once in the seventh, once in the eighth and twice in the ninth.
First baseman Lee Fritz's sac fly in the seventh made it a 5-3 game. The next inning, designated hitter Stan Posluszny singled down the left-field line, bringing in left fielder Jake Serfass with the Mountaineers' fourth run.
Junior Mike Gauthier (Salem, Mass), who got the last out of the eighth, started the ninth and gave up a lead-off double to second baseman Eric Grimm. Gauthier was then replaced by senior Matt Elfeldt (Delmar, N.Y.), who gave up consecutive singles to Fritz and third baseman Tim McCabe, the second of which was of the run-scoring variety.
After a sac bunt and an intentional walk loaded the bases with one out, Posluszny slapped a single through the right side of the infield, and West Virginia had its first lead of the game.
The Eagles tried to get something going in the bottom of the ninth. Sophomore Mike Flynn (Trumbull, Conn.) hit a two-out pinch-hit double down the left-field line, but West Virginia starter Zac Cline got junior second baseman Josh DiScipio (Schenectady, N.Y.) to fly to left to end the game and Boston College's season.
Cline went the distance, striking out a career-high 11 batters to improve his record to 11-3. Elfeldt took the loss, dropping his record to 3-4.
BC built a 4-0 lead on a pair of two-run home runs. Sophomore left fielder Jason Delaney (Hanson, Mass.) jacked one to right-center - his fourth of the year - in the first, while junior catcher Garrett Greer (Peabody, Mass.) hit his second bomb of the year in the third.
Serfass' sac fly in the fifth plated the Mountaineers' first run. They got another one the following inning on a wild pitch.
Boston College answered with a run in the fifth on an RBI single by sophomore right fielder Drew Locke (Weymouth, Mass.), who was the only Eagle with two hits on the day.
Junior starter Matt O'Donnell (Marlboro, Mass.) went 7.2 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on 11 hits. He struck out seven and walked one.
Several Eagles wrote their names in the BC single-season record book. Sophomore Chris Lambert (Manchester, N.H.) finished with the third-most strikeouts (88) in school history. His eight wins rank in a tie for fourth while his 2.71 earned run average is fifth lowest for an Eagle hurler.
Sophomore Kevin Shepard (Andover, Mass.) also won eight games. His 2.44 ERA is fourth lowest in the annals of BC baseball.
DiScipio's 63 hits tie him for ninth all-time while senior Ryan Leahy (Salem, Mass.) stole 17 bases, placing him in a tie for fourth.