BC BASEBALL: Eagles Can’t Complete Comeback Against Georgetown
Rapp strikes out five in career-high five innings of reliefGAME INFORMATION
Score: Georgetown 4, Boston College 3
Records: Boston College (3-5) vs. Georgetown (6-5)
Location: North Charlotte Regional Park in North Charlotte, Fla.
- Junior right-hander Brian Rapp pitched a career-high five innings, coming on in relief in the fourth inning. He did not allow a run, gave up just three hits and two walks and struck out five.
- Senior Michael Strem led the way for the Eagles at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two lead-off singles, a run and a walk.
- Senior Johnny Adams was 1-for-4 with an RBI and extended his on-base streak to nine games, dating back to last season. He also has a hit in the last four.
- Junior Donovan Casey extended his hit streak to seven games on a 1-for-4, scoring a run.
- Sophomore Gian Martellini plated two runs to lead the Eagles.
- The Hoyas scored four runs in the third inning off freshman right-handed starter Matt Gill and it would be all they would need for the victory as starter Simon Mathews allowed three runs through eight and Jimmy Swad recorded a 123 ninth to seal the Georgetown victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Hoyas struck scored four off GIll in the third inning on only one hit. With one out, Georgetown loaded the bases on a walk and two hit by pitches. Sammy Stevens chopped one to first and a mishandled ball scored a run and kept the bases loaded. Another hit by pitch brought home the second run. Gill forced John Simourian to hit a grounder to first. Junior Mitch Bigras went to second and Adams’s throw to Gill covering first was a little late, allowing a run in and the inning to continue. Ryan Davis singled through the left side to score the fourth run before Gill got a chopper back to the mound to end the inning.
- The Eagles got two back in the sixth to cut the Georgetown lead in half. Strem and junior Donovan Casey led things off with back-to-back hits and completed the double steal to move into scoring position. Freshman Dante Baldelli was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Martellini chopped one to second to plate Strem and Adams followed with a grounder to short to score Casey. A bunt back to the mound ended the inning.
- BC cut the lead to one in the eighth. Strem led off with single and with one down, Baldelli hit one to short. Strem was forced out at second but Baldelli not only beat the throw, he moved up to second on an overthrow. Martellini doubled to deep left to plate Baldelli before a strikeout ended the inning.
- Rapp got out of a jam in the bottom of the inning to keep it a one-run game. A walk and bunt single put two on with no outs, but on Beau Hall’s sacrifice bunt attempt, Rapp threw to third to get the lead runner and the first out. He forced a chopper to short for the second out and with runners on the corners, Rapp struck out the final batter of the inning.
- The Eagles could not complete the rally, going 123 in the top of the ninth.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- The Eagles drop to 27-12 all-time against Georgetown. It was the first meeting between the two schools since BC left the BIG EAST for the ACC in 2006.
- BC moves to 12-5 in the Snowbird Classic in the team’s fourth year playing in the Florida tournament.
- All five of the Eagles’ losses in 2017 have been by one run. They are 1-5 in one-run games this season.
- Junior Scott Braren reached base in 10 games, dating back to last season – the longest streak of any BC player – but was injured playing left field in the third inning and came out of the game after going 0-for-1.
- Freshman catcher Aaron Soucy recorded his first career caught stealing – and the first of the season for the Eagles.
- Baldelli tallied his first hit as an Eagle, leading off the fourth after coming in as a defensive replacement for Braren.
The Eagles return to North Charlotte Regional Park to take on Villanova on Sunday, March 5 at 2:30 p.m. They defeated the Wildcats, 10-3, last weekend in Oklahoma.