Eric Stone spun five quality innings on the hill, and four Boston College batters picked up RBI as the Eagles defeated the Northeastern Huskies, 4-1, in the Beanpot First Round from a rain-swept Shea Field on Wednesday afternoon. The win advances the Eagles to the championship round for the first time since 2011.
BC will play either Harvard or UMass at Fenway Park on April 22nd with a chance to win the coveted hardware for the first time in four years.
Stone (2-0) picked up his second win of the season for the effort, allowing just the one run on three hits while striking out four and walking one. He retired the first 11 batters he faced, taking a perfect game into the fourth inning when Northeastern rallied with two outs. Pat Madigan and Rob Fonseca both singled, and Stone beaned Josh Treff to load the bases. He then walked Cam Hanley, bringing in the game's first run and giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead.
The Eagles responded almost immediately, striking for three runs in the bottom of the frame. Joe Cronin walked against relief pitcher Brian Christian, and Chris Shaw singled to the right side to put two runners on. Christian then walked the next two batters he faced, Michael Strem and Donovan Casey, to tie the game at 1-1. After retiring two in a row with strikeouts, Christian again fell prey to Steve Blass Syndrome, hitting Johnny Adams and walking Jake Palomaki to bring home two runs and push the score to 3-1, Eagles. That chased him from the game in favor of Johnny Amendola, who got out of the inning.
Boston College added a fourth run in the eighth inning when Strem singled home Cronin.
Geoffrey Murphy threw 1.1 innings of no-hit baseball in relief, walking two and striking out one. Tyler Hinchcliffe picked up his first save of the year by throwing the last 2.2 innings, striking out four and walking one while surrendering one hit.
Brian Christian (0-2) lasted just 0.2 innings, charged with the loss after allowing three runs. He came in for relief for James Mulry, who threw three innings for the start, striking out five and walking one. Amendola finished the game by throwing the last 4.1 innings, striking out three and only giving up the one run.
The Eagles improved to 15-16 with the win, while Northeastern fell to 11-20. More importantly, the Eagles improved to 1-0 in true home games, playing their first game of the year at Shea Field.
BC will await the winner of the Harvard-UMass game in the Beanpot Championship. The game in Amherst was postponed until April 13th due to the inclement weather. The championship game will be played on April 22nd at Fenway Park, with ticket proceeds benefitting the Pete Frates No. 3 Fund.
Boston College improved to 31-16-1 all-time in the Beanpot Tournament, including a 13-7 mark against the Huskies. The Eagles have 10 Beanpot titles, the most of any school, and last won the tournament in their last championship game appearance in 2011 against Northeastern.
The Eagles will enjoy an off day on Thursday highlighted by activities with Wounded Warriors before taking the field this weekend against Clemson. Saturday's game marks the third annual Wounded Warrior Game to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.