Baseball Falls To Virginia, 5-4 In Extra Innings
May 17, 2007
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Kevin Boggan pitched seven strong innings for the Eagles, surrendering only two earned runs on eight hits, but it wasn't enough as the Cavaliers rallied for two runs in the top of the 10th off of BC reliever Ted Ratliff and held on for a 5-4 win this afternoon at Shea Field. With the win, Virginia improves to 40-13 and 18-9 in conference play. With the loss, the Eagles drop to 24-26-1 overall and 12-16 in ACC action.
The Cavaliers did not waste any time getting on the scoreboard as both Tyler Cannon and Sean Doolittle singled in the top of the first to take an early 1-0 lead. Brandon Guyer followed with a double to center field that Pete Frates just missed moving Doolittle to third. A David Adams sac fly extended Virginia's lead to 2-0 after a half inning.
BC bounced right back in the bottom of the frame off of Cavs starter Jacob Thompson. After a groundout to begin the inning, Johnny Ayers walked and quickly advanced to third as Thompson threw Jared McGuire's slow roller into center field putting runners at the corners.
Tony Sanchez followed with a slow roller of his own, scoring Ayers from third, making the score 2-1. Fellow freshman Michael Belfiore followed with an RBI single through the right side tying the game, but Eric Campbell gambled and was called out at the plate trying to score from second.
The two starters settled down and pitched scoreless baseball until the sixth inning. Brandon Guyer led off the inning with a deep fly ball to right field that Johnny Ayers misplayed, putting Guyer on second base. David Adams proceeded to single up the middle, breaking the 2-2 tie and giving Virginia a 3-2 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, Ryan Hutchinson got things going for BC as he hit a high chopper in the hole to the left side putting the lead off runner on for the Eagles. After a Johnny Ayers fly out, Jared McGuire hit a groundball past the diving Patrick Wingfield putting runners on second and third. One batter later, Eric Campbell would sacrifice Hutchinson home, evening things at 3-3 heading into the ninth inning.
After two scoreless innings of relief for Ratliff, Sean Doolittle led off the top of the 10th with a double to left center. Brandon Guyer followed with an excellent bunt that Ratliff could not make a play on and would proceed to steal second two pitches later, putting two runners in scoring position for Virginia.
David Adams would then pick up his third hit of the afternoon, a single to right field scoring Doolittle and Guyer, who was able to come home from second on a bobble by BC. The Eagles would threaten in the ninth as Ryan Hutchinson led off the inning with a double and would score on an RBI single from Jared McGuire. But, closer Jason Lambert would get slugger Eric Campbell to ground into a double play to end the Eagles' threat and the game.
The two squads will take the field tomorrow afternoon for game two. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.