Baseball Falls in 13th to No. 25 Clemson in Season Finale
May 17, 2014
Clemson, S.C. - The Boston College baseball team lost, 10-9, in 13 innings to No. 25 Clemson in the final game of the 2014 season on Saturday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Eagles (22-33, 10-20 ACC) held a 9-4 lead going into the ninth, but surrendered five runs to force extras. The Tigers (34-22, 15-14 ACC) took the series with the win in the rubber match.
The 13-inning, 4:48 game was the longest of the season for the Eagles. It marked the second straight time they finished the season with an extra-inning game. BC ended 2014 5-3 when playing extra frames and 9-9 in one-run games.
Junior RHP John Gorman (3-8) came in to pitch the 13th and got two quick outs before allowing a single to Garrett Boulware. He had Jay Baum on an 0-2 count, but gave up a gapper and Boulware scored the winning run from first.
Sophomore right-hander Jeff Burke pitched the first 6.1 innings, allowed six hits, four runs, three walks and struck out two. Freshman Mike King threw 3.1 scoreless innings of relief, pitching through the 12th. He allowed just three hits, no walks and struck out two.
Eight of the Eagles' nine in the starting lineup tallied at least one hit and seven of the nine drove in a run and scored one. Junior Blake Butera and sophomore Joe Cronin led the way at the plate for the Eagles with 3-for-6 performances. Butera and senior Tom Bourdon tallied two RBIs apiece.
Sophomore Chris Shaw tallied a base hit, ending the season reaching base safely in the final 21 games. He recorded at least one hit in 22 of the last 24 games.
The Eagles chased starter RHP Jake Long after just one inning. He gave up four hits, three runs and one walk before lefty Zack Erwin replaced him in the second. Clemson used six pitchers in the contest, five through eight innings. Right-hander Matt Campbell (4-0) pitched the final five innings and allowed just one hit, three walks and struck out five.
The Eagles used their first at bat to score three runs on four hits to take an early lead. With two outs, Cronin doubled to left and Shaw drew a walk to put two on. Freshman Michael Strem came up with a double to left center to plate Cronin. Bourdon drove in Shaw and Strem with a single through the right side to give the Eagles a three-run lead.
The Tigers got one back in the third. With one down, Tyler Slaton drew a walk and Steven Duggar drove him in from first with a two-out double to left center.
BC regained its three-run lead with a run in the fourth as the Eagles loaded the bases on a double by senior John Hennessy and back-to-back walks. Butera grounded one to short and beat out the throw on the double play attempt to score Hennessy.
The Eagles added a run in the in the fifth and the sixth to go up, 6-1. In the fifth, BC loaded the bases on two errors and a single by Bourdon. Hennessy grounded out to second to score a run. The Tigers went to the pen for RHP Clate Schmidt, who retired sophomore Stephen Sauter for the first time in the series. In the sixth, Butera was hit by a pitch and Cronin singled to put two on. Shaw drove in Butera with a single up the middle before new pitcher RHP Drew Moyer tallied the next two outs.
The Tigers came back with one run in the sixth, but Burke got himself out of a jam to hold them to just one. Tyler Krieger led off with a bloop single and after a Burke strikeout, Steve Wilkerson doubled to plate the second CU run of the game. A single just past diving freshman third baseman Johnny Adams put runners at the corners with one down, but Burke forced a 463 double to get out of the jam.
The Eagles came back with three runs in the seventh to take a 9-2. Adams led off with a single to center and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. With two down, sophomore Gabriel Hernandez singled to right to drive in Adams and keep the inning alive. Butera followed with a blooper to shallow right to score Hernandez, who had stolen second, and Cronin came through with his second double of the game to score Butera. Clemson went back to the bullpen for right-hander Clay Bates and he forced a groundout to end the inning.
The Tigers scored two in the bottom of the inning to make it a 9-4 game. Joe Costigan led off with a walk and advanced to second on a single by Jon McGibbon. Mike Dunster grounded one to first and Hennessy threw to second to get McGibbon. Cronin fired back to first, but without someone covering the bag, the ball skipped to the wall, allowing Costigan to score. Freshman right-hander Bobby Skogsbergh replaced Burke and gave up a double to Slaton, plating Dunston. After a walk, Skogsbergh got a ground ball to shortstop Cronin, who flipped to second baseman Butera for the second out. Butera saw Slaton off the bag at third and threw to Adams for the tag for the final out of the inning.
The Tigers came back and tied the game in the bottom of the ninth. With senior RHP Eric Stevens on the hill, Slaton makes it a 9-5 game with a solo shot to lead off the inning. After allowing a walk, Stevens got the first out with a fly ball and almost ended the game with a grounder to second. After going to second for the first out, the throw to first pulled Hennessy off the bag, extending the inning. Two more walks made it a 9-6 game. King came in and on a 2-2 count, gave up a double to McGibbon, scoring three more runs to tie the game. King forced extras with a grounder to first.