CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Sophomore lefty Jake Drossner turned in a solid performance Sunday afternoon allowing one earned run and striking out seven, but suffered a tough-luck loss as Maryland fell to Boston College, 5-2, in the series finale at Shea Field.
Drossner scattered four hits over 6-2/3 innings striking out seven in the process and retired nine straight from the fourth through the sixth inning. The Richboro, Pa., native gave up two runs, only one of which was earned, and was instrumental in getting the Terps (25-18, 9-14 ACC) out of a jam in the seventh to keep it a two-run ballgame.
On the other side, Boston College (17-27, 8-16) starter Jeff Burke held Maryland to two runs on two hits and shutout the Terps for the first eight innings of the contest. Maryland did not record its first hit of the game until a single by Brandon Lowe to start off the seventh.
Trailing by five in the ninth, the Terps generated their first sustained offensive inning of the day with two runs on two hits and forced the Eagles to dip into their bullpen. Mike Rescigno, who entered the contest as a pinch hitter, walked to start the inning and advanced to third when Charlie White doubled off the wall in right. The double forced Burke from the game and Jesse Adams entered from the bullpen.
Lowe greeted Adams with a single through the right side, his second of the game, to score Rescigno. After LaMonte Wade drew a one-out walk, Blake Schmit cut the deficit to three with a sacrifice fly to right. But with the tying run at the plate, Adams got Jose Cuas to fly out to center to end the comeback effort.
The Eagles got on the board against Drossner in the second inning. After issuing a lead-off walk to start the game, Drossner retired the next four hitters before a two-out double put the Eagles in business. John Hennessy followed and a hit slow roller towards first which found its way under Wade’s glove. The error allowed Tom Bourdon to score from second and put the Eagles up 1-0.
BC pushed its lead to two in the fourth on the back of consecutive singles to start the inning. Joe Cronin’s chopper found its way through the left side of the infield and Chris Shaw’s single up the middle moved Cronin to third.
Chris Strem then hit a ball to Blake Schmit at short to score Cronin to double the Eagles’ lead. Drossner hunkered down and got a pop up for out number two and a fly ball to left to strand Shaw.
The Maryland seventh started in promising fashion when Lowe singled through the right side of the infield. The Terps luck turned on the next at-bat as Wade hit a line drive to Blake Butera at second, who turned and doubled off Lowe at first who was running on the pitch.
The Eagles threatened in the home-half of the seventh after Michael Strem led off with a double and moved to third on a passed ball. But Drossner recorded consecutive strikeouts getting Bourdon and Hennessy swinging to leave the score at 2-0.
BC scored three times in the eighth courtesy of three walks and a Terrapin error. Righty Jared Price entered with the bases loaded and all three runs already across and managed to keep the deficit it five. Price induced two grounders which resulted in force outs at home and struck out the final batter of the inning.
The Terps are scheduled to play all five of their games at home next week beginning with James Madison on Tuesday. First pitch for the Terps and Dukes is set for 4 p.m. from Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.