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Duke Drops A Pair To Boston College
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/05/2008
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Freshman shortstop Jake Lemmerman picked up three hits and an RBI over Saturday's twinbill.
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BROCKTON, Mass. – Terry Doyle held Duke to two runs over seven innings in game one while Dan Houston followed with seven four-hit innings in game two to lead Boston College to wins of 3-2 and 6-0 over the Blue Devils in a Saturday double header at Campanelli Stadium.

Nick Asselin also contributed a pair of scoreless relief appearances in each game, going two innings in each while picking up the save in game one. In the series opener, Asselin took over for Eagles starter Doyle, who scattered seven Duke hits while striking out seven batters in his seven innings of work. After Duke (21-9, 4-9 ACC) put up two runs in the second inning, Doyle held the Blue Devils scoreless over his next five frames before handing the ball to Asselin, who contributed two shutout innings of relief to earn the save.

Asselin also paired with Houston (2-1) in game two to toss a four-hit shutout. Houston went seven strong innings, surrendering just four hits and a walk, while Asselin took over in the eighth with two hitless innings of relief. On the day, Asselin gave up just one hit and a walk through four complete innings on the way to picking up his first save of the season.

Duke received a solid outing from game one starter Andrew Wolcott (2-3), but could not provide enough run support to overcome a two-run fifth inning that put Boston College (15-14, 4-10 ACC) ahead 3-2 for the remainder of the game. Both runs in the inning were unearned and blemished what was an otherwise sound outing for Duke’s junior right-hander.

Freshman shortstop Jake Lemmerman led Duke offensively with four hits and an RBI on the day, while sophomore outfielder Alex Hassan picked up a pair of hits and two walks in his return to his home state of Massachusetts. Second baseman Gabriel Saade contributed a pair of stolen bases to go with his two hits and has now come up safe in all 11 of his stolen base attempts this season.

Duke Relievers Michael Ness and Ryan Perry combined for five shutout innings between games one and two with Perry holding the Eagles without a hit over his two innings of work in the nightcap. The duo stifled a Boston College offense that was led by a pair of two-RBI outings from John Spatola and Barry Butera who joined teammates Sam Shaugnessy and Michael Belfiore with three hits apiece. Eric Campbell and Garret Smith also contributed a pair of runs on the day, with Smith accounting for all three runs in game one with one batted in and two scored.

Game One: Doyle Stifles Duke’s Offense En Route To 3-2 Boston College Win

After giving up a pair of runs in the second inning, Terry Doyle (3-3) rebounded to hold Duke scoreless over his final five frames and give Boston College the opportunity to overcome a 2-1 deficit, which they did with a two-run fifth en route to a 3-2 win.

The two runs in the second inning were the only allowed by Doyle, who scattered seven Blue Devils hits and three walks over seven innings while racking up seven strikeouts. He outdueled Duke starter Andrew Wolcott (2-2), who gave up three runs (one earned) on five hits over five innings of work.

All three of Boston College’s runs came with two outs on the board, including a pair of unearned runs with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. Shortstop Garret Smith accounted for all three Eagles runs, driving in one while scoring two in a 1-for-4 outing at the plate. Barry Butera and John Spatola accounted for the other RBI as each went 2-for-4 at the plate.

Ryan McCurdy and Jake Lemmerman each drove in runs for Duke, while Tim Sherlock and Kyle Kreick contributed one run apiece. Lemmerman posted his seventh career multi-hit effort with a 2-for-4 outing, while Jonathan Nicolla matched him with a 2-for-4 performance of his own.

Sophomore Michael Ness took the mound in place of Wolcott in the sixth inning and shut down the Eagle offense with three scoreless innings of relief. Ness gave up just four hits over his team-leading 12th appearance of the season and lowered his season ERA to 1.95.

Williams and Hassan gave Duke a pair of consecutive singles in the opening frame, but were left stranded after Boston College third baseman Eric Campbell robbed cleanup hitter Jeremy Gould of a potential RBI single to end the inning. With Williams and Hassan on first and second with two outs, Gould ripped a 1-2 fastball down the third base line, but it was backhanded by Campbell who quickly turned and fired across the infield to first to end the scoring threat.

Wolcott struggled with his control in the first inning, issuing a pair of leadoff walks to the first two Eagle hitters. He settled down just in time, however, and induced a ground ball up the middle that Lemmerman and Saade converted into a double play to clear the bases before McCurdy recorded the final out on a grounder to third base.

It did not take the Blue Devils long to take their first lead of the ballgame, as Lemmerman dropped a one-out single just inside the right field line score Sherlock from second base. The run was the first of two in the inning for the Blue Devils, who put their first four batters of the inning on base. Nicolla started the rally by drilling a leadoff single into center field before advancing to second base after Sherlock drew a 3-1 walk. Boston College avoided a bases-loaded, no-out situation though, after Doyle picked off Nicolla at second for the first out of the inning. Kreick followed by drawing another walk to repeat the first and second situation though, just before Lemmerman slapped his bloop single to right to send in Sherlock. The single put runners at first and third, setting up McCurdy for an RBI groundout to third base. Campbell made an errant throw to first McCurdy’s grounder, however, allowing the Blue Devil leadoff man to stay on first while Lemmerman moved to second. Doyle kept Duke from squeezing out any more runs in the inning, however, after dishing out a 3-2 strikeout to Williams before forcing Hassan to end the inning with a hard-hit line drive right at Sam Shaugnessy in left field.

Butera responded with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the second for the Eagles, who cut the deficit to 2-1 thanks to a two-out walk from Sudol that preceded Butera’s base knock. Sudol’s walk loaded the bases for Boston College, setting up Butera for his blooper into left that sent in Smith from third. Gould got to the ball in shallow left field quick enough to hold the runners at bay though, just before Wolcott forced a flyout to Hassan in center field to end the inning.

Boston College had the opportunity to tie the game at 2-2 with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom half of the third, but Wolcott buckled down once again to force a lazy fly ball to left field to end the threat. Sanchez started the inning off with a double off the center field fence before moving over to third on a fielder’s choice ground ball by Mickey Wiswall. Shaugnessy then drew his second walk in as many at bats to load the bases before Wolcott forced John Spatola to get under a first-pitch fastball for the inning-ending flyout.

Saade used his speed to create a scoring opportunity for Duke in the top of the fifth after laying down a two-out bunt single just before stealing second and drawing a bad throw from Sanchez on the attempt that sailed into center field. Saade moved to third on the error to give the Blue Devils a chance to go ahead by two runs with two outs on the board. Saade’s efforts were erased by Doyle, however, as the Eagle starter dished out a 3-2 strikeout to Nicolla to end the inning with the 2-1 deficit still intact. Nicolla brought consecutive base hits into the at bat, but was finally retired by Doyle after swinging through a 3-2 fastball on the outer half of the plate.

Boston College took advantage of a Blue Devil fielding error in the bottom of the fifth to score a pair of unearned runs on the way to a 3-2 lead. The inning was extended due to a bobbled ground ball by Lemmerman at shortstop that allowed Campbell to reach third base after the Eagle third baseman started the rally with a double to left-center field. He would score on a fielder’s choice ground ball deep in the hole to shortstop that Lemmerman fielded and flipped to Saade at second base for what should have been the third out of the inning. Wolcott then issued a walk to Shaugnessy, his third of the game, to put runners at first and second to set up Spatola for an RBI single through the right side that drove in Smith from second. Shaugnessy and Spatola would both move into scoring position during the next at bat with stolen bases, but got no further as Lemmerman fielded a ground ball by Sudol and made a clean throw to first to end the inning.

Duke had an opportunity to tie the game in the top half of the sixth after a leadoff double from Sherlock, but could not get to Doyle as the Eagle starter retired three straight to strand Sherlock at third.

Ness took the mound for Duke to start the bottom of the sixth and needed just 10 pitches, all strikes, to move the game into the top of the seventh. Butera managed a leadoff double off the Blue Devil right-hander, but was thrown out at third on an attempted sacrifice bunt that Ness fielded and fired to McCurdy at third. Ness then followed by dishing out a pair of 0-2 strikeouts to Boston College’s three and four hitters to end the inning.

Meanwhile, Doyle continued to cruise through the seventh inning and retired the side in order. After Duke’s two-run second inning, the senior right-hander settled down to pitch five scoreless innings over the remainder of his seven-inning start. With a 3-2 lead in hand, he handed the ball to Asselin in the eighth, who retired the side in order with consecutive strikeouts.

Asselin stayed on in the ninth and stifled a potential Duke rally by retiring two straight with the tying run on second base. Asselin opened the inning by forcing Kreick to ground out to second base before Lemmerman battled through a 2-2 count to rope a single through the right side. Duke then sent Tom Luciano to first base to pinch run for Lemmerman, and the freshman outfielder followed by stealing second for the first time in his collegiate career. He would get no further, however, as Asselin forced McCurdy to foul out to the catcher for the second out of the inning. Williams then came to the plate and gave Duke a glimmer of hope after lining a 1-1 fastball to center field, but the drive was hit right at Mike Sudol, who snagged the line drive to end the game.

Game Two: Houston and Asselin Combine For Four-Hit Shutout In 6-0 Eagle Win

Dan Houston (2-1) and Nick Asselin held Duke scoreless over nine innings while scattering a combined four hits to lead Boston College to a 6-0 win in the nightcap.

Six Eagles added RBI, while Michael Belfiore and Sam Shaugnessy each contributed a pair of hits.

Ryan Perry was one of the few bright spots for Duke in the game, as the senior reliever closed out the final two innings without allowing a single Boston College hit.

Boston College kept the momentum in their favor to start the second game and jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning. Currier had a temporary lapse of control in the inning and hit consecutive batters before surrendering a bases-loaded walk to Wiswall with one out on the board. With the bases still juiced after the free pass, Smith ripped what should have been a mutli-RBI single to the gap in left-center, but Gould saved the potential game-breaker by sprinting to his left and fully extending to make a diving catch on the ball. Michael Belfiore tagged up on the play and scored to put the Eagles ahead 2-0, but that is all the Eagles would get after Currier induced a slow roller to the left side that Lemmerman charged and picked up in time to get the force out at first to end the inning.

Duke had a chance to take back one of the runs in the next half inning, but could move Grant Monroe no further than second after the Blue Devil freshman reached on an error to lead off the inning. After Smith misplayed Monroe’s grounder, McCurdy pushed him to second base with a well-executed sacrifice bunt down the first base line. Houston stifled the rally, however, after inducing a foul popup to his catcher and a flyout to left field to end the inning.

After scoring the first run of the ballgame in the opening frame, Belfiore came through for Boston College once again in the bottom of the second with a two-out RBI double that scored Butera all the way from first. Belfiore’s RBI two-bagger came on the first pitch he saw and was drilled deep into the gap in left-center field, giving Butera plenty of time to cross the plate on his feet.

Shaugnessy matched Belfiore with a two-out RBI double of his own in the bottom of the third that put the Eagles ahead 4-0. Shaugnessy’s two-bagger was another deep drive to left-center that sent in Campbell from first base. Hassan limited the damage to just one run after matching Gould’s previous catch in left with a diving stab of his own on the right field line on a tailing line that came off Spatola’s bat. Hassan started the game in right field, marking the first time in the last in 28 games that the sophomore outfielder did not start in center field.

Meanwhile, Houston dominated on the mound for Boston College, retiring 12 of 13 batters from the first through fifth innings. The only Blue Devil he failed to retire during that span was Monroe, who reached base on a fielding error.

Duke finally got to Houston in the top of the fifth and threatened to score with runners at second and third, but the junior right-hander got out of the jam by forcing a flyout to right field to keep the score at 4-0. Lemmerman started the rally and broke up Houston’s streak after ripping a line drive single up the middle before advancing to second on a wild pitch. Hassan then drew a two-out walk to join Lemmerman on the base paths before both Blue Devils moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Matt Williams then came to the plate with his .348 batting average, but could not get a clean cut on Houston’s 3-2 offering and laced the pitch right at Spatola in right field to end the inning.

The Eagles threatened to stage another two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth, but Gould saved yet another run for Duke with a running catch on the warning track in deep left-center field. The deep drive came off Smith’s bat with two outs and was well on its way to becoming an RBI extra base knock before Gould got on his horse and tracked down the deep fly two steps in front of the outfield wall.

Currier gave way to freshman Dennis O'Grady after giving up a single to open the bottom of the sixth, but O’Grady could quiet Boston College’s bats as the Eagles put up two more runs in the inning to go ahead 6-0. O’Grady gave up his first career run in the inning, ending a streak of 17.2 scoreless frames to start his collegiate career. After inheriting Currier’s runner at first base, the two-way freshman surrendered an RBI double to Spatola before giving up another RBI two-bagger to Butera. He got some help from his catcher though, as Williams gunned down Butera two pitches later trying to steal third.

Perry took over pitching duties for the Blue Devils in the bottom of the seventh and used just 12 pitches to take Duke into the eighth inning. The Eagles followed suit, sending Asselin to the mound in the eighth for his second consecutive appearance. The junior right-hander picked up right where he left off in game one, facing just three batters to keep Boston College’s 6-0 lead intact.

Perry stayed in a groove in the eighth and retired the side in order on just 13 pitches. The side-arming senior picked up his 15th strikeout of the season in the eighth and has now averaged just under one strikeout per frame through 15.2 innings of work. Duke could not build off of Perry’s solid relief outing though, as Asselin retired the side in the ninth as well to end the game.

The Blue Devils will look to bounce back in game three of the series on Sunday, April 6, in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The game will begin at 1 p.m. at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond with freshman Grant Monroe (4-1) pitching for Duke opposite Boston College starter James MacDonald (2-4).