BC BASEBALL Drops Game One to No. 17 Wake Forest
Strem goes long for three-run shot
Score: No. 17 Wake Forest 15, Boston College 5
Records: Boston College (18-25, 7-18 ACC) at Wake Forest (31-13, 14-8 ACC)
Location: David E. Couch Ballpark in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Series: Wake leads the series, 1-0
- Sophomore Gian Martellini went 2-for-4 with his team-leading 12th double to extend his career-long hit streak to 10 games – the longest of the season for any BC player – and has at least one knock in 35 of the 42 games played this season.
- Freshman Jacob Yish led the way at the plate with a 2-for-3 day. He extended his career-long hit streak to five games and his on-base streak to eight games. He has at least one hit in 13 of the 19 games played this season.
- Freshman Brian Dempsey was also 2-for-4 with two RBIs. He has a hit in nine of the last 11 games.
- Senior Michael Strem hit his first home run of the season to break open the scoring in the first. He has reached base safely 280 times in his career, which is 10th in BC record books.
- Senior Johnny Adams notched his eighth double of the season in the seventh. He has recorded a double in three of the last four games and has a hit in all four.
- The Eagles took an early, three-run lead in the first on Strem’s home run, but the Demon Deacons roared back with six in the second. They did not look back, scoring 15 total runs off six different BC pitchers.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Eagles took an early, 3-0 lead in the first as juniors Jake Palomaki and Donovan Casey led off with back-to-back base hits and Strem launched one over the left field wall to give BC the lead.
- The Demon Deacons took the lead in the bottom of the inning, scoring six runs off sophomore right-handed starter Jacob Stevens all with two outs. With runners on the corners, Bruce Steel hit a sacrifice fly to plate the first Wake run of the game. Stevens came back and got a strikeout swinging. The Deacons put together six straight two-out hits to score five more runs to go up, 6-3, before Stevens got a fly ball to end the inning, stranding two.
- Wake made it an 8-3 game in the fourth off a two-run homer by Gavin Sheets. Freshman RHP Jack Cunningham relieved Stevens and got back-to-back Ks to end the inning.
- The Deacons added four runs in the fifth to take a 12-3 lead. Keegan Maronpot led off the inning with a solo shot just over the left-center fence. With runners on second and third, Stuart Fairchild hit a sacrifice fly to right to score a second run. Junior LHP Carmen Giampetruzzi entered the game and gave up a two-run homer to Sheets. Ben Breazeale followed with a double and Johnny Aiello singled through the right side. Right fielder Casey threw Breazeale out at the plate trying to score from second.
- The Eagles got two back in the seventh. Yish led off with a single up the middle and Adams followed with double to the wall in left center. Dempsey tallied the third straight hit with a two-run single to right. After a strikeout, reliever RHP Chris Farish came in and got back-to-back Ks to end the inning.
- Wake scored three in the eighth off sophomore LHP Zach Stromberg, who logged BC’s only 123 inning in the seventh. Breazeale hit a one-out double and Aiello followed with a single to put two on. After the second strikeout of the inning, Stromberg threw a wild pitch, allowing Breazeale to score. Maronpot hit his second home run of the game to make it 15-5. Sophomore RHP Sean Hughes came into the game and got a chopper to first to get out of the inning.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Casey recorded his seventh outfield assist in the fifth. The BC outfield has 13 on the season.
- Senior RHP Luke Fernandes threw a scoreless sixth, allowing one walk and forcing a double play.
- Stevens threw a career-high three wild pitches in his 3.1-inning start. Coming into the game, he only had six on the year.
- Sophomore Jake Alu‘s on-base streak ended at 12 games, the second-longest of the season for the Eagles.
- It is the fourth time this season the Eagles have tallied at least 10 hits and lost a game.
- The Eagles committed two early errors in the first and second innings. The last time they recorded two miscues in a game was in a 9-2 loss at Duke on April 16. BC is 1-11 when making two or more errors in a game.
- The BC pitchers allowed four home runs, tying a season high. They also gave up four long balls in losses at Virginia Tech (April 1), to No. 4 North Carolina (April 8) and to Miami (April 29).
The Eagles and Demon Deacons return to the ballpark for a 4 p.m. game on Saturday.