Baseball Drops Season Finale in Extras
May 18, 2013
College Park, Md. - The Boston College baseball team fell, 5-4, to Maryland in 10 innings in the final game of the 2013 season on Saturday afternoon at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium. BC surrendered a four-run lead in the final three innings.
The Eagles finished the year 12-40, 4-25 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. They won six of their last 12 games and four of the six losses were by two runs or less. They were 1-4 in extras.
BC held a 4-0 lead after eight, but surrendered two in the eighth and then two in the ninth to force the game into extras. The Eagle defense held strong as the Terrapins (30-25, 11-19 ACC) had the winning run on third with no outs in the ninth and BC kept them from scoring, but could not do the same in the 10th.
Freshman right-hander Jeff Burke (1-2) shouldered the loss, pitching the final 1.1 innings and allowing two hits, one run and three walks. Redshirt freshman left-handed starter Andrew Chin pitching 7.2 innings and allowing just four hits, two runs, three walks and striking out three - all looking. He finished the season with a 3.88 ERA, leading the way with 45 strikeouts, 20 of them looking, in 67.1 innings.
Junior Jimmy Dowdell finished his time in the Maroon and Gold with a career day, going 3-for-5, including a double. Freshman Joe Cronin ended the season on a career-long, five-game hit streak, going 3-for-5, tying a career high in hits. Classmate Gabriel Hernandez also went 3-for-5, with two RBIs, tying a career high in hits.
Maryland starter LHP Alex Robinson was chased after only one inning of work. He gave up two hits, one run, four walks and struck out three. RHP Jared Price (2-2) earned the win, pitching the 10th, allowing one hit and striking out two. In all, the Eagles saw six different Terp arms.
The Eagles got on the board in the second, scoring a run with the bases loaded. They filled them on two walks and a single by Dowdell. Hernandez laced one to right center to score the first run of the game.
With right-hand reliever Brandon Casas on the hill, BC added a run in the fourth to take a 2-0 lead on three straight two-out singles. With two outs, Hernandez knocked the 10th pitch of his at bat back up the middle and sophomore Blake Butera moved him into scoring position with a hit of his own. Sophomore Travis Ferrick laced one to right center to plate his teammate.
Dowdell, Cronin and Hernandez hit doubles in order to score a run in the sixth with righty Jake Dossner on the hill. Ferrick plated Cronin with a one-out sac fly to left.
Maryland scored two in the eighth to cut the lead in half. Jack Cleary drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Jordan Hagel drove Cleary in with a single through the left side and he scored on a double by Kyle Convissar off a pitch from sophomore RHP John Gorman.
In the ninth, LaMonte Wade led off with a walk and Blake Schmit doubled to put runners on second and third. Burke entered the game, and on a full count, Anthony Papio drove a triple to the corner in right to tie the game. Burke hit the next batter but forced a groundout to for the first out. On the next play, the Terps tried to execute a squeeze, but Hagel did not connect on the bunt and senior catcher Matt Paré tagged Papio at home and got the runner trying to take third to force extras.
In the 10th, Hagel led off with an infield single, which Cronin grabbed, but the Terp had already reached the bag. With one out, the next two batters drew walks to load the bases. Schmit popped up a bunt, which Hernandez made a diving catch on, but the ball rolled out of his glove, allowing Hagel to score and Maryland to win.