May 17, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team opened a three-game series with a 7-4 loss to Duke on Thursday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. Both teams tallied 10 hits.
The Eagles (21-32, 9-19 ACC) took an early 2-0 advantage, but a three-run homer gave the Blue Devils (20-33, 8-20 ACC) the lead, which they did not relinquish.
Senior Marc Perdios and freshman Blake Butera both went 2-for-4 at the plate, while senior Anthony Melchionda launched a two-run blast for his sixth home run of the season. His 202 career hits ties for seventh on BC's all-time list with Tony Sanchez (2008-10).
Junior RHP Hunter Gordon (2-8) shouldered the loss, going six innings and allowing eight hits and six runs. He walked one and struck out two. Gordon started the game strong, retiring eight straight after allowing a single to start the game and 14 of 15 through the first five innings. Freshman John Gorman pitched the final two innings and did not allow a run or hit, allowing one walk and striking out two.
Duke RHP Marcus Stroman (6-5) earned the win, pitching seven innings, allowing nine hits, four runs, two walks and striking out nine. The Eagles tallied the third most hits off the Blue Devil's ace this season. David Putman recorded his sixth save, pitching the ninth and allowing just a walk.
The Eagles were the first to get on the board, scoring two with two down in the second. Junior Matt Paré singled through the right side and freshman Tyler Hinchliffe nailed his first career triple to deep right center to score Paré. Perdios followed with a hard shot up the middle to score Hinchliffe and give BC an early 2-0 lead.
The Blue Devils took the lead in the sixth as Will Piwnica-Worms hit a two-out, three-run home run to go up, 3-2. Angelo La Bruna drew a four-pitch walk to lead off the inning and Anthony D'Alessandro singled to put two on. After shortstop Melchionda and sophomore centerfielder Tom Bourdon
made outs on a line out and running catch, respectively, Piwnica-Worms hit one over the left-field fence.
Duke tallied three more runs in the seventh, loading the bases with no outs. The first run came on a base hit by D'Alessandro, and senior right-hand reliever Matt Brazis walked in the second run after getting an infield fly. Piwnica-Worms brought home the third run on a sac fly to center to make it a four-run ballgame.
Melchionda made it 6-4 with a two-run shot over the right-field wall with two outs in the seventh. Perdios nailed one to left for a lead-off double and with two down, Melchionda tallied his 113th and 114th career RBIs.
Duke got a run in the eighth with runners on first and third as Mark Lumps chopped one to short and Melchionda threw home, but on a close play, the runner was called safe. Gorman came in with runners on first and second and retired the three batters he faced in order, tallying two strikeouts.
The two teams return to Shea Field on Friday, May 18 for a 1:30 p.m. game.