May 19, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team lost the series opener to NC State, 9-4, Thursday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.
Junior Marc Perdios led BC (17-31, 7-20 ACC) at the plate by going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Senior Garret Smith was also 2-for-4 with a RBI while classmate Matt Hamlet had a pair of hits. Sophomore Matt McGovern scored twice.
Brett Williams went 4-for-5 for NC State (31-23, 13-15) with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Harold Riggins had two hits, a double and three RBIs while John Gianis recorded a pair of base hits. Ethan Ogburn got the win on the mound after throwing 6.0 innings and allowing two runs on six hits. He struck out four batters.
NC State's three pitchers allowed just one free pass compared to BC's 10.
The Wolfpack used six runs in the first two innings to build an insurmountable lead. In the top of the first, Riggins took the first pitch he saw to the gap in left for a two-run double after a walk and a hit batsman. After the first out was recorded, two more walks loaded the bases. A passed ball and a groundout provided the other two first-inning runs.
NC State made it a 6-0 lead by scoring two more in the second. Chris Diaz led off and was hit by a pitch and a passed ball moved him to second. Williams roped an RBI double down the third base line and a groundout to the right side got him to third. Riggins drove him in with another groundout.
Tarran Senay forced a run home with a bases loaded walk in the sixth to push the Pack lead to 7-0 before BC got on the board in the bottom half with two runs. Hamlet hit a one-out single and McGovern was hit by a pitch to put a pair a pair on base. Smith hit an RBI single past the diving shortstop and after a fly out to the wall in right, Perdios knocked in McGovern with another single.
The Wolfpack pushed the lead to 8-2 with a run in the seventh. Gianis was hit by a pitch to lead off and was sacrificed into scoring position. A two-out infield single moved him over to third and then a wild pitch scored him.
The Eagles cut the lead in half, 8-4, with a pair of runs in the eighth. Hamlet led off with a single and after a fielder's choice, Smith singled as well. With two outs, Perdios got a ball past the third baseman for a RBI double. A wild pitch plated Smith for the other run.
NC State capped the scoring in the ninth with a Williams RBI infield single.
Game two of the series is scheduled for Friday at 1:30 p.m.