On a snowy Saturday afternoon, the Boston College baseball team tallied its first victory of the season with a 7-6 comeback win over Elon at Latham Park on the second day of the Country Inn and Suites Elon Invitational. The Eagles (1-1) scored five runs in the eighth to reclaim the lead and take the win.
Gonna be honest. When I checked the @BCBirdball Twitter account only to find Boston College trailing Elon 6-2 through seven full, I assumed that a) BC would lose and b) that it would be another long season for Birdball. So credit the young Eagles for scoring five runs in the top of the eighth and holding off the Phoenix for the team's first win of the year.
The Eagles rallied for five runs in the eighth on just three hits and an error.
Freshman Joe Cronin reached on a throwing error by the third baseman and walked to second on a balk. McGovern singled up the middle to put runners on the corners and Bourdon tallied his first hit of the 2013 season with an RBI single to center to plate the Eagles' third run of the day.
Freshman Chris Shaw registered his first career RBI with a groundout to second to score McGovern and beat the throw to first to deny the double play. Pareé struck out swinging for the second out, but a wild pitch allowed Bourdon to cross the plate. Murphy came through with his first career extra-base hit, nailing a triple to right center to score Shaw. He then came home on a passed ball, giving the Eagles the lead.
Elon had its chances to tie the ballgame in both the bottom of the eighth and ninth, loading the bases in the eighth and getting the leadoff man on in the ninth, but BC's pen was able to hold the Phoenix scoreless to preserve the victory.
BC's starting pitcher, sophomore righty John Gorman (0-0), lasted five innings, allowing one run on three hits, striking out two and walking four. RS freshman lefty Andrew Chin (1-0) earned the victory, the first of his career, after coming in in the seventh and going 1.1 innings. Chin allowed just one hit, no runs and walked one. Sophomore lefty Tyler Hinchliffe relieved Chin, pitching the final 1.1 innings for his first career save.
Sophomore left fielder Geoffrey Murphy lead the Eagles at the plate, going 2-for-4, scoring two runs and adding his first career RBI on a triple that would tie the game at 6-6. Senior Matt McGovern also finished 2-for-4 on the day.
The Eagles (1-1) will wrap up the Country Inn and Suites Invitational against Marist at noon. The game time has been pushed back an hour due to -- get this -- snow. In fact, the second game of today's tournament, VCU-Marist, was called off today due to inclement weather. No, really. It was snowing in North Carolina.
I suppose if BC defeats Marist tomorrow and VCU-Marist isn't rescheduled, the Eagles would earn the tournament W with a 2-1 overall record.