Boston College may have taken its lumps on the football field and basketball court recently, but on the baseball diamond the school is doing just fine. The Eagles improved to 9-1 on the season with a dominating 6-2 win over Ohio State on Sunday at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Florida.
The Buckeye bats were silenced by BC senior lefty Jesse Adams as the squad fell to 6-4-1 in 2016.
Adams took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and got the win after allowing just one run on one hit in 6+ innings. The Maumee, Ohio native struck out six, walked two, and hit a pair of batters in improving to 2-0.
Ohio State's pitching was battered to the tune of 13 hits in the ballgame. Starter John Havird took his first loss of the season after allowing three runs, two earned, on nine hits in 4.2 innings of work. The lefty struck out four and did not issue a walk.
All was quiet until the home half of the fourth inning. BC shortstop Johnny Adams doubled down the line in left field and advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt by Havird. A single back up the middle by center fielder Michael Strem brought Adams home and gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
A two-out error by third baseman Brady Cherry off the bat of BC left fielder Logan Hoggarth four batters later allowed right fielder Donovan Casey to trot home for the second run of the inning. That marked the fourth unearned run surrendered by the Buckeyes in the past two days.
On the mound for the Eagles, Adams was in firm control. The southpaw breezed through the first four innings without allowing a baserunner.
That changed in the top of the fifth when Adams hit second baseman Nick Sergakis and walked designated hitter Zach Ratcliff to put two on with nobody out. The bases would be loaded with one out after first baseman Troy Kuhn was also hit by a pitch, but Ohio State failed to capitalize.
Havird's day would end in the bottom of the frame after the Eagles put another run on the board. Strem singled to center to to score Adams again and pick up his second RBI of the afternoon. Sophomore Austin Woodby relieved and recorded the final out of the inning thanks to an over the shoulder catch in right-center by Troy Montgomery on a rocket hit by first baseman Joe Cronin.
In the sixth, BC tacked on three insurance runs against Woodby. Back to back singles by DH Gian Martellini and Hoggarth and a sacrifice bunt by catcher Nick Sciortino put two runners in scoring position with one out. Woodby then uncorked a wild pitch to bring home the fourth run. After a walk to pinch hitter Mitch Bigras, a two-run double down the left field line by second baseman Jake Palomaki made it 6-0.
Sergakis finally broke up the no-hitter leading off the top of the seventh with a ground rule double down the right field line. The Eagles pulled Adams at that point after six innings of one-hit ball. Reliever Brian Rapp then balked Sergakis to third, and an error at short by Adams brought him home to break up the shutout.
Woodby was relieved by sophomore Seth Kinker in the seventh after giving up three runs on three hits in 1.1 innings. Kinker worked two scoreless innings.
The Buckeyes picked up another run in the top of the eighth to shrink the lead to 6-2. Shortstop Craig Nennig bunted his way aboard with one out, just the team's second hit of the game, and Montgomery walked. After Rapp's second balk of the game advanced both runners, catcher Jalen Washington picked up an RBI groundout. It was all Ohio State would muster on the day.
Next up for the scarlet and gray is a trip out west to the desert for a four-game series with UNLV. First pitch on Friday will come at 9:05 p.m. ET.