May 9, 2009

BSB: DOLPHINS EDGE BOSTON COLLEGE ON TWO-OUT, NINTH-INNING SINGLE BY EDMONDSON



May 9, 2009

BSB: DOLPHINS EDGE ACC-FOE BOSTON COLLEGE ON TWO-OUT, NINTH-INNING SINGLE BY EDMONDSON


Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Junior All-American left fielder Chris Edmondson (Johnson City, N.Y./Johnson City) drove in the game-winning run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to lead the Le Moyne College baseball team to a 5-4 win over Boston College on Saturday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.

The Eagles opened the scoring in the first inning with a pair of runs on a home run to center field by Mickey Wiswall. Tony Sanchez, who doubled down the left field line one batter earlier, scored on Wiswall's 12th home run of the season.

Le Moyne, which picked up its sixth victory over an ACC-member school, got a run back in the top half of the third inning on an opposite-field home run by freshman right fielder Brett Botsford (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker). The Dolphins took a 3-2 advantage in the fourth inning with two runs on two hits and an error. Edmondson was hit by a pitch to open the frame and moved to third on a single through the right side by senior catcher Chris Haynes (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius). Senior shortstop Matt Nandin (North Syracuse, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) drove in Edmondson from third with a sacrifice bunt attempt that the first baseman couldn't handle, allowing Nandin to reach first and Haynes to move around to third. Junior center fielder Sean Paino (Wappinger Falls, N.Y./Roy C. Ketcham) followed with a single through the right side to drive in Haynes with the go-ahead run.

The Dolphins tacked on a run in the seventh to take a two-run lead. Senior second baseman Chris Murphy (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./St. Dominic's) singled to center field and Botsford was hit by a pitch with one out. Following a line out, Edmondson singled to center field to knock home Murphy.

Boston College rallied in the eighth inning with two runs on a pair of hits to tie the game at four apiece. Mike Belfiore walked and Barry Butera singled up the middle to knock Le Moyne starter Jeff Tardiff (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) from the game. Pinch-hitter Harry Darling greeted Le Moyne reliever Luke Nellis (Fonda, N.Y./Fonda-Fultonville) with a double down the right field line to plate Belfiore from second. Pinch-hitter Anthony Melchionda then grounded out to second base to push Butera across home plate with the game-tying run.

Following a pair of ground outs to the shortstop to open the ninth inning, sophomore third baseman Matt Marra (Brewerton, N.Y./Central Square) doubled down the right field line and advanced to third on an errant throw to second base by the right fielder. Edmondson then dropped a fly ball in front of the center fielder to plate Marra with the winning run.

The Eagles threatened in the bottom of the ninth, but Nellis shut the door before they could score. Matt Hamlet walked and Sanchez singled through the right side with two outs. However, Nellis struck out Wiswall swinging and Paino made a diving catch on a line drive by Belfiore to close out the game.

Tardiff struck out five batters over seven and one-third innings pitched in his return to his home state, while allowing four runs on seven hits. Nellis allowed two hits over the final one and two-thirds innings to earn his fourth victory. Botsford, Edmondson and Haynes each contributed two hits as the Dolphins out-hit the Eagles 11-9. JB MacDonald struck out seven batters over seven innings, while allowing four runs on eight hits, but did not factor into the decision. Belfiore took the loss, yielding one unearned run on two hits in an inning of work.

Le Moyne (22-21), which moved its record above .500 for the first time this season, closes out its two-game series with the Eagles on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

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Le Moyne 5, Boston College 4

Le Moyne (22-21)                    001      200      101      -           5          11        0
Boston College (29-20)           200      000      020      -           4          9          3

Le Moyne (22-21): Jeff Tardiff, Luke Nellis (8, W, 4-3) and Chris Haynes.

Boston College (29-20): JB MacDonald, Matt Brazis (8), Mike Belfiore (9, L, 5-1) and Tony Sanchez.