BC BASEBALL: Six-Run Eighth Leads to Comeback Win
Casey logs third win in relief appearance
Score: Boston College 9, Maine 8
Records: Maine (20-25) at Boston College (22-26)
Location: Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
- Junior Donovan Casey earned his third win of the season by throwing the final 1.1 innings, allowing just two hits, no runs or walks and striking out the final batter of the game. He was 1-for-4 with a run, RBI and his eighth outfield assist in the game.
- Sophomore Jake Alu had a two-run single to plate two and scored two runs. He has a hit in 15 of the last 18 games, including the last five.
- Freshman Brian Dempsey plated two runs, including the game-winner in the eighth, by drawing bases-loaded walks twice. He drew three walks in the game and scored a run as well.
- Junior Mitch Bigras tied the game with a base hit. He was 1-for-2 with a run, RBI and two walks.
- Junior LHP Carmen Giampetruzzi threw 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit, three walks and striking out the side in the fourth.
- The Eagles trailed the Black Bears, 8-3, without a hit in the eighth, but scored six runs on five hits and four walks to take the lead.
- Casey pitched around a lead-off double in the ninth to seal the victory for BC.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Black Bears score a run in the second to take an early lead. Tyler Schwanz led off with a single up the middle off sophomore starter Jack Nelson and moved to second after a walk. A sac bunt put both runners into scoring position and a grounder off the bat of Hernen Sardinas plated Schwanz. Senior centerfielder Michael Strem made a diving catch in left center to end the inning.
- The Eagles drew five straight walks to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning. With the bases loaded, Casey chopped one up the middle to plate the third run.
- Jeremy Pena hit a solo home run over the left-field wall to make it a 3-2 game.
- The Black Bears went ahead in the sixth. Brandon Vicens hit a one-out home run off senior RHP Luke Fernandes. After a walk, sophomore RHP John Witkowski came on in relief and junior second baseman Jake Palomaki made a diving catch on a liner for the second out. Back-to-back hits scored two more to give Maine the 5-3 lead.
- Maine added three in the eighth with freshman RHP Jack Cunningham on the hill to go up, 8-3. Colin Ridley led off with a double and with one down, Sardinas hit a blooper to left to put runners on second and third. Caleb Kerbs singled to right to score both runs but was caught between first and second for the second out. After two more singles, Casey entered from right and gave up a base hit up the middle to plate another run. He got a grounder to end the inning.
- With RHP John Arel on the mound, the Eagles loaded the bases in the eighth on two walks and an infield single by Casey. Strem knocked one to the six hole to bring in a run and reach, keeping the bases loaded. With one down, Alu chopped one over the head of the first baseman into shallow right to score two more Eagles. The Black Bears brought in new pitcher LHP Connor Johnson, who gave up a base hit to Cunningham, scoring another BC run. Bigras hit one through the left side to bring Alu in from second to tie the game. Senior Johnny Adams loaded the bases with a walk and Dempsey drew a full-count walk to score the eventual winning run.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Sophomore Gian Martellini‘s career-long, 14-game hit streak came to an end. It was the longest of the season for the Eagles and tied for sixth in BC record books.
- The Eagles drew 10 walks for the second time in 2017. They also notched 10 in the 13-1 victory over Massachusetts on March 29.
- BC is now 9-8 at home, 5-0 in non-conference action. They have won the last three games.
- The Eagles did not record an error for the 20th time this season.
The Eagles host Notre Dame for a three-game conference set beginning on Thursday, May 18 at 2:30 p.m.