England, Bullpen Pitch Gem in 2-1 Win at Boston College
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Junior Chris England baffled the Boston College hitters for six innings, allowing a solitary run, and two Dartmouth relievers closed out a 2-1 victory over the host Eagles at Pellagrini Diamond at Shea Field. Sophomore Joe Purritano provided the only Big Green runs of the day with a two-out, two-run double in the first to help Dartmouth (6-16) end a three-game slide.
Boston College, which entered the game with a team batting average of .224, dropped to 10-21 on the season as it was held to two runs or less for the 19th time in 31 games this year.
England (1-0) continued his mastery over the Eagles, having beaten them as a freshman in the only other start of his career. He surrendered a mere four hits and walked four over his 81-pitch outing. Thirteen of the 18 outs came on groundballs, with another erased on a double play and another caught stealing. The Eagles never put more than two runners on base in any inning against the right-hander from Boynton Beach, Fla.
Head coach Bob Whalen called upon junior left-hander Adam Frank to start the seventh on the mound, and he continued to keep Boston College in check. Frank yielded only a two-out single in the seventh, then began the eighth by issuing a four-pitch walk. But after jumping ahead of the next hitter with two strikes, induced a double play to squelch any rally.
In the ninth, freshman Chris Burkholder got the opportunity to record his first collegiate save. Joe Cronin led off with a single, and when Tom Bourdon squared to bunt the runner into scoring position, the pitch got away from Burkholder and hit Bourdon to put the winning run on base.
After a successful sacrifice put the two runners in scoring position, Whalen decided to draw the infield in an attempt to cut off the tying run. The strategy worked when Burkholder induced a grounder directly to shortstop Matt Parisi, who threw home to gun down Cronin trying to score. Up to the plate stepped Nate Colucci, who already had two of the Eagles’ six hits on the afternoon. Colucci tried to catch the Dartmouth defense by surprise by bunting for a hit, but the ball went right back to Burkholder, whose high throw was corralled by first baseman Dustin Selzer, who applied the tag to end the game.
The three Big Green pitchers did not strike out a single batter, relying on the flawless defense behind them.
Dartmouth rapped out 11 hits against three Boston College hurlers, but it was the first three that brought home their only runs. Junior Thomas Roulis and senior Jeff Keller stroked one-out singles, and after a fly to left, Purritano sliced a two-run double down the left-field line to bring home both runners for a 2-0 lead.
The only Boston College run crossed the plate in the fourth when Cronin hit a single with one down and Bourdon hit an RBI double to right.
Eagle right-hander Mike King (1-1) suffered the loss for giving up the two runs on seven hits over five frames without a walk and one strikeout.
Roulis finished the game with three hits including a double to lead the Big Green, and junior Nick Lombardi went 2-for-4.
Dartmouth returns home to take on Holy Cross (10-17) at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park on Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. Boston College heads across town to play at Harvard as part of the Beanpot Tournament. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.