Kyle Larrow turns a double play st second
base Wednesday against Boston College.
Courtesy, Harvard Athletic Communications
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Boston College scored four unearned runs in the fifth inning to defeat the Harvard baseball on Wednesday afternoon by a score of 7-3 at Pellegrini Diamond in the Crimson's season finale.
With Harvard (17-26) leading 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning, a two-out throwing error opened the door for Boston College (26-20). The Eagles capitalized with three singles to make a tough luck loser of Max Perlman (1-2), who struck out four batters in 4.2 innings to mark his longest outing of the year as he continues to work his way back from an arm injury.
B.C.'s John Spatola drove in three runs and hit his 12th home run of the season to spark the home team.
Harvard chased B.C. starter Dane Clemens with three runs on five hits in 4.0 innings. Kyle Larrow and Dillon O'Neill started the fifth inning with singles against Clemens and he was removed in favor of Hunter Gordon. Jeff Reynolds and Chris Rouches followed with RBI groundouts to give Harvard a 3-2 lead.
The Crimson advantage could have been significantly more had it not been for a great catch by left fielder Matt Sudol, who crashed into the wall in left to avert a two-run extra base hit off Reynolds' bat in the third inning.
The Eagles' bullpen kept the Crimson at bay beginning in the fifth inning and only allowed one hit the rest of the way. Gordon picked up his first collegiate win after throwing 2.0 innings and Kelvin Moran threw 2.0 frames as well with three strikeouts. Matt Brazis closed out the game with a perfect ninth inning.
Harvard didn't waste any time and got on the board with a run in the top of the first. O'Neil led off the game with a single and then stole second and third with one out to get himself 90 feet from the plate. Rouches walked to put runners on the corners and Tyler Albright managed to get the run in with a two-out single.
BC matched that with a run of its own in the first. Matt Hamlet hit the wall in left for a double with one out and came home when Spatola pulled a 1-2 pitch for an RBI single to tie the game. Spatola then gave Boston College the lead in the third when he hit a 2-2 pitch for a solo home run to right immediately after a hotly-contested check swing call went in his favor.
After Harvard grabbed its 3-2 lead, the Eagles scored four times - all with two outs - in the bottom half of the frame to take a three-run lead. Robbie Anston drew a walk with one out and then got to second when a balk was called. After a strikeout, Wiswall hit a routine grounder but reached on an error. Anston never stopped running as he touched third and scored easily to tie the game again. Spatola gave the lead back to BC with a single to the gap in left.
Watson continued the rally when he forced another walk to put a pair on base and then Anthony Melchionsa hit the hole on the left side for an RBI single to make it a two-run lead. Sudol brought in the last run with a single over the shortstop's head.
BC tacked on a run in the sixth to extend the lead to 7-3. Hamlet walked with two outs and moved to second on a wild pitch and then Wiswall sent a pitch back up the middle for an RBI single.
O'Neill and Larrow both had two hits for Harvard and Larrow recorded a double. Jonathan Strangio pitched well out of the bullpen for Harvard with 3.1 innings of one-run relief.