May 2, 2014
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - After the University of Pittsburgh baseball team rallied to take a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning, Boston College responded with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk off with a 3-2 victory in Friday's opener of a three game series at Pellagrini Field.
Boston College's starting pitcher John Gorman held Pitt (19-24, 9-13 ACC) without a hit for 7.2 innings until the Panther took a 2-1 lead on an RBI triple from Boo Vazquez and an RBI single from Casey Roche in the top of the eighth.
However, in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Eagles (20-27, 9-16 ACC) had their first two batter reach base on a walk and a single. Two batters later, BC shortstop Joe Cronin tied the game with a single to left. The next batter was Chris Shaw and the right fielder took the first pitch to left center for the game-winning RBI.
"Today was a very frustrating loss, especially how we battled back to take the lead," head coach Joe Jordano said. "We came up with two clutch hits in the eighth, but innings one through seven we could not generate any offense off John Gorman who pitched very well for BC. We are a better offensive team than this and we need to pick up our offensive game heading down the stretch of the season."
Hobie Harris (3-6, 2.58 ERA) was tagged with the loss. Harris went 1.1 innings and allowed three hits. Starting pitcher Rhys Aldenhoven tossed 4.1 innings, allowing six hits and one run, while middle reliever Jon Danielczyk went 2.2 innings and allowed just one hit. Boston College's Mike King (2-0, 2.17 ERA) picked up the win. Boston College out-hit the Panthers 10-3.
The Eagles scored the game's first run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly to grab a 1-0 lead. After Chris Shaw led off the inning with a hit and advanced to second on a wild pitch, Michael Strem followed that with another hit to put runners on first and third. The third batter of the frame was Tom Bourbon and his sacrifice fly to center scored Shaw.
Aldenhoven would allow back-to-back hits to open the bottom of the fifth inning, and then an intentional walk to Shaw two batters later loaded the bases with one out for BC. Aldenhoven would make way for Danielczyk and the righty would get Strem and Bourbon to strike out and fly out which ended the inning. This was the second straight game Danielczyk has entered a bases loaded situation without sacrificing a run.
With Gorman carrying a no-hitter into the eighth, the Panthers put together a two out rally to grab a 2-1 lead. Stephen Vranka recorded Pitt's first hit with a double that just stayed fair down the left field line. The next batter was Boo Vazquez and his triple to left center tied the game at 1-1. Casey Roche then promptly gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead with a line drive over the glove of an outstretched Blake Butera at second base.
The Panthers were unable to add an insurance run as they went down in order in the top of the ninth which set the stage for Boston College to walk off with the victory. The Eagles have now won eight of their last nine games, including six straight in the ACC.
Pitt and Boston College will play game two tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Live stats are available by clicking here and fans can also receive in-game updates on Twitter by following @PittBaseballACC.