The Boston College baseball team dropped its first game of the 10th Annual Keith LeClair Classic on Friday, falling to East Carolina 2-1. BC got a strong pitching performance out of junior right-handed Eric Stevens (0-2), who allowed six hits, two runs - both earned - four walks and struck out one.
Despite the strong outing from Stevens, the Eagles were bested by Pirates right Ryan Williams (1-0), who went 7.1 innings and allowed just one run - unearned - and one walk while striking out five. Right-hander Drew Reynolds picked up the save pitching the final 1.2 innings of the game.
Junior center fielder Tom Bourdon finished the game 3-for-4 from the dish, notching two doubles and scoring the Eagles' lone run. SS Blake Butera, 1B Chris Shaw, DH Logan Hoggarth, C Matt Pare and 2B Gabriel Hernandez each recorded a hit, but that's all the offense the Eagles could muster.
No shame in losing to a team which finished last season ranked in two major polls on their home ball field. Still the early season losses are piling up for the 1-3 Eagles. Here's Coach Gambino on the loss:
In other tournament action, the Ohio Bobcats were originally scheduled to play New Mexico State on Sunday, but inclement weather pushed the game up to Friday. Ohio was forced to play back-to-back games, falling to Illinois 11-6 and New Mexico State 7-0. In the tournament opener, host ECU topped Illinois 8-2.
Weather permitting, Boston College will take on Ohio at approximately 7 p.m. tonight. Illinois and New Mexico State will play the first game at 3 p.m. and the BC game will start 45 minutes after its conclusion. The tournament is scheduled to conclude on Sunday with BC-Illinois at 9 a.m. and New Mexico State-East Carolina at 1 p.m. Again, weather permitting.