Wake Forest Drops Series Opener, 1-0, to Boston College
April 27, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Wake Forest starting pitcher Tim Cooney pitched a complete game and struck out eight batters, but Boston College used three pitchers to keep the Demon Deacons off the scoreboard and claim a 1-0 series-opening victory on Friday afternoon at Shea Field.
With the loss, Wake Forest falls to 26-17 on the season and 9-13 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while the Eagles are now 17-26 overall and 7-15 in league play.
Despite the complete game, Cooney was saddled with the loss to fall to 5-4 on the season. He has now pitched 8.0 innings in three straight starts, and in those 24.0 innings of work, he has given up just two runs while striking out 21 batters. Cooney also sat the Eagles down in order twice and faced the minimum three times.
Cooney's counterpart, Hunter Gordon, went 7.0 innings for Boston College and surrendered just two hits to move to 2-5 on the season. Kyle Prohovich and Matt Brazis each pitched an inning of relief to preserve the shutout, as Brazis earned his fifth save of the season.
Only Mac Williamson and Mark Rhine were able to record hits on the day, but several Deacons reached base thanks to six walks. Williamson recorded Wake Forest's first hit of the game on an infield single in the fourth, and Rhine doubled down the right field line in the fifth to account for the two hits.
The very first batter for Boston College in the bottom of the first, Matt McGovern, reached base on a single in the right side and would come around to score with two outs later in the inning on a double by Rob Moir.
After that, Cooney did not allow a hit in the second through sixth innings and gave up just one hit apiece in the seventh and eighth innings.
The Demon Deacons had just three runners reach scoring position all day and were never able to deliver a key hit. Carlos Lopez walked and moved to second on a failed pickoff attempt in the second, Williamson reached second after his single and a passed ball in the fourth and Rhine doubled in the fifth.
Wake Forest and Boston College will be back in action tomorrow for Game 2 of the series at 1:30 p.m. at Shea Field. Play-by-play of the game can be heard on WakeForestSports.com.