BC 5, Harvard 2 : Baseball Beanpot First Round @ Fraser Field
HU 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 2
BC 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 X -- 5
W) Ted Ratliffe
L) Ryan Watson
Baseball returned to Fraser Field on Thursday afternoon as the Boston College Eagles handled the Harvard Crimson 5-2. They will look to defend their Beanpot crown against Northeastern University next Wednesday at Fenway Park. A three run second inning was all BC would need, as Ted Ratliffe was on cruise control, pitching a complete game en route to the victory.
BC's pitcher Ted Ratliffe tossed a complete game to score the victory
Harvard scored first in the top of the 2nd. A leadoff single by Andrew Price and a 1-out double by Andrew Casey set up Dan Zailskas's sacrifice fly to center field to give the Crimson a 1-0 lead.
The Eagles responded immediately with their big outburst. Eric Campbell led off the inning with a walk and a steal of 2nd base. Jared McGuire brought him home with an RBI single to center to tie the ballgame.
With McGuire on 3rd and one out, Joseph Ayers executed the squeeze play to bring home the Eagles' second run. In addition, Ayers beat out the throw to first, setting up a situation of runners on the corners and only one out for Robert Anston, who grounded out 6-3 but drove in the third run of the inning.
Joseph Ayers' squeeze bunt gave the Eagles the 2-1 lead.
Harvard closed back within one in the third on Price's RBI single, but that was the last run they'd get off Ratliffe, who dominated the rest of the way.
Mike Augustine and Jared McGuire drove in insurance runs for BC in the bottom of the 8th, setting up the 5-2 final score. Ratliffe struck out pinch hitter Justin Roth to end the ballgame.
Earlier in the day, Northeastern destroyed UMass 18-6 at Northeastern to win their semifinal.
Fans anticipating the showdown between BU and Berklee College of Music in the CrapPot.
Kudos to Dave Riley for putting together this nice video of the festivities at Fraser: