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Boston College 5, Rhode Island 2: Three-Run Third Paces BC By Rhody

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Nick Sciortino comes up with the big hit to help BC defeat the Rams at home on Tuesday.

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Nick Sciortino had a two-RBI double in the bottom of the third, and Eric Stone threw six innings without allowing an earned run as the Boston College Eagles defeated the Rhode Island Rams, 5-2, on Tuesday afternoon at Shea Field. The win pulls BC within a game of a .500 record at 17-18 overall.

After both teams left runners on base in the first two and a half innings, the Eagles broke open the scoring in the third with a trio across the plate. Johnny Adams led off with a single through the left side, advancing to second two batters later when Blake Butera singled up the middle. Joe Cronin then singled left, scoring Adams from second to give BC a 1-0 lead with just one out. Two batters later, Nick Scortino had runners at the corners, and he blasted a pay-off delivery with two out into right center to score two more.

Staked to a 3-0 lead, Eric Stone gave up a run in the top of the fourth but was otherwise sterling. Rhode Island scored thanks in part of a fielding error at third base by Jake Palomaki, and the runner scored three batters later on a sacrifice fly by Matt O'Neil.

URI cut the lead to 3-2 in the eighth inning against relief pitcher John Nicklas, scoring when O'Neil doubled home pinch runner Connor Foreman. But the Eagles gained a pair in the bottom of the eighth, plating two when Blake Butera scored on a throwing and error and when Michael Strem scored on an RBI single by Donovan Casey.

Stone finished with the win to improve to 3-0 on the season, holding URI to three hits and only the one run, which was unearned. He struck out four and walked two. Brian Rapp threw 0.2 innings in the seventh before giving way to John Nicklas. Nicklas pitched through the eighth before handing the ball to Justin Dunn for the ninth. Dunn struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save of the season.

Blaise Whitman (3-2) absorbed the loss for the Rams, allowing three runs on six hits with two walks in three innings of work. Ben Wessel relieved him and struck out four across three innings. Derek Kawlewski and Brad Applin combined for the final two innings.

At the dish, Casey and Cronin finished with a pair of hits, and Sciortino finished with two RBI. Blake Butera scored two runs in a 1-for-2 afternoon, while Michael Strem and Johnny Adams both accounted for individual runs scored.

The Eagles (17-18) now attempt to reach .500 for the first time since the season's early stages when they take on Harvard from Shea Field on Wednesday at 3 PM. Rhode Island (13-13-1) is off the rest of the week before taking on Richmond in  three-game series in Virginia on Friday-Sunday.