Boston College and Harvard advanced to the final of the first Beanpot baseball tournament at Fenway Park yesterday before a paying crowd of 537.
BC downed Northeastern, 4-1, behind the three-hit pitching of lefty Brian Decelles, who got last-inning relief help from junior Doug MacNeil. Harvard topped Boston University, 6-0, behind the four-hit pitching of Mike Dorrington (six innings), Bob Baxter and Peter Rau.
BC and Harvard will meet for the title this afternoon at 3 after NU and BU play a consolation game at noon.
Decelles, a senior, was masterful and considered the win a reward.
“I’ve had plenty of arm problems,” he said. “I had my left elbow operated on while a senior at Holyoke High School and again when I was a freshman at BC.
“All the nerves in that elbow were screwed up. I feel I worked hard to keep pitching, and this win means a lot to me.”
BC coach Moe Maloney said, “We were all pumped up before the game. Just playing at Fenway does that.”
“We were all pumped up before the game. Just playing at Fenway does that.”Moe Maloney, BC baseball coach
BC scored the first run in the fourth inning. Greg Radachowsky doubled to left and took third on a passed ball. Andy Brown reached first after he struck out when NU catcher Jim Caeran couldn’t hold the ball. Radachowsky scored on a Tom Logue sacrifice fly.
NU scored in the fifth. The Huskies loaded the bases on a Pete Charpentier walk, a double to left by Jeff Berry and a John Buckley walk. Charpentier scored on a Tim Scannell sacrifice fly to center.
BC snapped the tie with a three-run seventh. Tom Mandile reached on an error and Bryan McGourthy walked. Joe Hayward doubled to right to score Mandile. McGourthy scored on a sacrifice fly by Brian Kelley. NU starter Mike Maguire was replaced by Steve Santucci. Hayward scored on a stolen base and an error by Scannell at short.
In the second game, Harvard scored first when Ted Decareau belted a homer into the screen in left in the second.
The Crimson added two in the fifth when Tom Hurley (double) and Marcel Durland (single) scored on a pair of errors.
A run in the eighth and a pair in the ninth ended the Crimson’s output.
“It’s been a tough year,” said Harvard coach Alex Nahigian, whose team is 4-12-1. “We lost a lot of close ones. But today we got good pitching, and that’s the name of the game. All three of our pitchers looked good, and good pitching means good defense. We also hit the ball well.”