Baseball Splits Doubleheader
May 19, 2004
The Boston College baseball team overcame a six-run hole in the first half inning to beat visiting Rhode Island, 14-7, but could not recover from a 5-0 deficit after one inning in game two, falling to Maine 8-4, Wednesday, May 19 in Chestnut Hill. The Eagles record stands at 29-23.
Rhode Island (33-18-1) sent 11 men to the plate in the first inning, producing six runs off five hits with the help of two Boston College errors. BC pecked away at the short-lived cushion, scoring in three of its next four chances. Down 6-4 in the bottom of the fifth, the Eagles penned six runs when they batted around the order and were boosted by two RBI from Aaron Campini (Acushnet, Mass.), whose double hugged the left field line. Four more Eagles powered RBI hits, including Ryan Morgan (Weymouth, Mass.), who went 3-for-5 with four RBI in that contest.
Freshman Matt Meyer (Rochester, Minn.) relieved starting pitcher Mike Wlodarczyk (Medford, N.J.) in the fourth inning to pick up the first victorious pitching decision of his collegiate career. He relinquished five hits, and one run in his 3.0 innings of work. Ryan Morgan earned the save by pitching the final 3.0 innings effectively. The junior two-way player allowed no runs and one hit with four strikeouts and no walks.
The Rams' Jim Norcott took the loss, allowing 10 hits on seven runs - five earned - with four strikeouts and three walks. Freshman Dave Savard, the leadoff hitter, had three hits for Rhode Island.
Behind the solid pitching of Greg Creek and hitting by Mike Ferriggi, the visiting Black Bears captured the 8-4 victory in game two. Creek surrendered two runs on five hits in 5.2 innings. At the plate, the junior helped his cause by contributing two hits, two runs and two RBI in the cleanup spot. Ferriggi doubled twice and knocked in a team-leading three RBIs.
After giving up five runs in the first, BC held the Black Bears scoreless over the next seven frames, thanks to solid pitching by BC freshman Kevin Boggan (Lexington, Mass.), who pitched a three-hitter in 4.0 innings. The Eagles crept to within one run in the bottom of the eighth but Maine squashed BC's game-tying bid, and caught Josh DiScipio (Schenectady, N.Y.), the equalizer, stealing home on a 2-6-2 play. Maine then retaliated with three runs in the top of the ninth off reliever Mike Gauthier (Salem, Mass.) for the 8-4 final.
Ryan Morgan accounted for two of BC's seven hits in that game.
The Eagles travel to Seton Hall for a three-game series over three days in New Jersey. The Eagles and Pirates meet on Friday, May 21 at 2 p.m. and then for noon contests on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23.