CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Boston College baseball team was walked off, 7-6, in the 10th inning against No. 19 Virginia in front of 2,744 at Disharoon Park on Friday evening. The loss dropped the Eagles to 7-9 overall and 1-3 in the ACC, while the Cavaliers moved to 17-1 and 3-1.
Center fielder Chris Newell delivered the game-winning hit, a single to right, with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 10th. Right-handed closer Will Geerdes (2-0) got the win with two perfect innings of relief for UVA.
Boston College and Virginia each slugged four home runs with the Eagles plating all six of their runs on the long ball. The Cavaliers settled for four solo homers, but it was their ability to get the leadoff man on, over and in that was the difference in the ball game.
UVA took advantage of a leadoff walk in the first and took the first lead of the day on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Devin Ortiz. After BC took its first lead of the game on a three-run home run from junior designated hitter Parker Landwehr (Baltimore, Md.) in the top of the eighth, Ortiz singled to lead off the bottom half and scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly.
In the 10th, catcher Kyle Teel drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second. An intentional walk and a hit batsman put two aboard for Newell’s walk-off base hit.
Despite giving up runs in four of the first five innings, the Eagles only trailed 5-3 through six. Sophomore left fielder Travis Honeyman (Massapequa, N.Y.) hit two home runs, and junior center fielder Barry Walsh (Sterling, Mass.) another to keep BC close. Honeyman was the only Eagle to record a multi-hit game; finishing 3-for-5.
Senior right-hander Joe Mancini (Fairfield, Conn.) got through five innings on the mound for BC. He gave up five runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts. The loss went to sophomore RHP Joey Ryan (Norwood, Mass.). A single and a double set the table for the Cavaliers against Ryan (1-1), in the eighth. He worked a perfect ninth before surrendering the leadoff-single in the 10th and giving way to graduate righty Henry Leake (Burbank, Calif.).
UVA lefty Nate Savino lasted 6.1 innings in the start. He gave up three runs, all on solo home runs, and struck out eight to one walk.
Scores: No. 19 Virginia 7, Boston College 6
Records: Virginia 17-1, 3-1; Boston College 7-8, 1-2
Stadium: Davenport Field at Disharoon Park
· Honeyman got the Eagles on the board in the third with a solo home run off the batter’s eye to make it 2-1.
· Walsh cut the deficit to two with a home run to left-center in the fifth.
· Honeyman took Savino deep a second time with a solo home run in the sixth to make it 5-3 UVA.
· Vetrano beat a throw to first to avoid an inning-ending double play in the eighth to give way to Landwehr’s go-ahead, three-run home run.
· BC is 2-4 when the opponent scores first and 3-3 when the opponent scores in the first inning.
· BC hit four home runs in its second consecutive ACC series opener; having done so at Miami (3/11); marking the third game of four or more home runs this season.
· BC is 0-2 in extra-inning games after previously falling at Austin Peay (2/19).
· BC is 1-15 all-time in Charlottesville with six walk-off defeats.
· Honeyman hit two home runs in a game for the second time, doing so previously at South Florida (3/8), to push his season total to four.
· Honeyman registered his seventh multi-hit game of the season.
· Landwehr hit his third home run of the season and fourth of his career.
· Walsh hit his second home run of the season.
Boston College sends freshman right-hander Sean Hard (Mahwah, N.J.) to the hill in game two Saturday at 1 p.m. on ACCNX.