May 14, 2011

BSB: TARDIFF PITCHES DOLPHINS TO 4-2 WIN AT BOSTON COLLEGE

Chestnut Hill, Mass. – Senior righty Jeff Tardiff (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) struck out seven in a complete-game performance to lead the Le Moyne College baseball team to a 4-2 win over Boston College on Saturday afternoon at Shea Field.

The Dolphins opened the scoring in the game with a run on one hit in the first inning. Freshman left fielder Pat Wiese (Fayetteville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) was hit by a pitch on the fifth pitch of the game and proceeded to move to second on a wild pitch. Following a pair of strikeouts, sophomore shortstop Ryan Mahoney (Clay, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) singled down the left field line to drive in Wiese.

Boston College evened the score at one in the bottom of the second inning. Third baseman Anthony Melchionda doubled to left center with one out and came around to score on a double down the right field line by first baseman Mike Sudol.

Le Moyne regained the lead with two runs on three hits in the third inning. Wiese singled to left with one out and advanced to second on a single through the right side by junior third baseman Matt Marra (Brewerton, N.Y./Central Square). Junior center fielder Brett Botsford (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) followed with a single through the left side to drive in Wiese. Following a groundout, Marra scored from third on a wild pitch.

The Dolphins extended their lead to 4-1 in the fifth with a run on a Boston College error. Junior catcher Kyle Kalaka (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Roy C. Ketcham) led off the frame by drawing a walk on four pitches. Following a sacrifice bunt by Wiese, Kalaka scored from second on a throwing error by the pitcher as Marra reached on a fielder's choice.

The Eagles cut their deficit to two in the sixth inning. Left fielder Marc Perdios tripled down the right field line with one out and raced home on a groundout to the second baseman on Tardiff's next pitch.

Tardiff, making the final appearance of his career, scattered nine hits in registering his 10th career complete game, tied for the eight-most in the program's history. Matt Alvarez took the loss out of the bullpen for Boston College after giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits in two and one-third innings pitched.

Le Moyne (23-29), which split a two-game series with the Eagles in Chestnut Hill in 2009, close out the season and competition at the Division I level against the Eagles on Sunday at 11:00 a.m