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MacDonald Pitches Baseball To 3-1 Win Against USF

Feb. 26, 2009

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FORT MYERS, Fla. - Senior JB MacDonald retired the first 10 batters and 15 of the first 17 to lead the Boston College baseball team to a 3-1 win against USF on Thursday at the FGCU Classic at Swanson Stadium.

MacDonald threw 7.1 innings, allowed just one unearned run and fanned eight while walking just one. He only gave up one hit through the first five innings. He improved his earned run average to 0.69 on the season.

Junior Mike Belfiore drove in two runs with a double in the bottom of the first. Junior Robbie Anston and sophomore Mickey Wiswall also recorded doubles on the day.

MacDonald breezed through the top of the first inning on 13 pitches with two strikeouts and the offense rewarded him in the bottom half with three runs. Anston doubled on the first pitch over the left fielder's head. Freshman Brad Zapenas tried to sacrifice him over but USF pitcher Randy Fontanez made a nice play and got Anston at third.

Junior Tony Sanchez ripped a shot right at the shortstop for the second out, but Wiswall kept the inning going with a walk. Belfiore cashed in the two runs when he blasted a ball to the wall in center out of the reach of the leaping Ryan Lockwood. Sophomore Garret Smith brought home Belfiore for the 3-0 lead with a single that was chopped over the third baseman.

USF eventually broke through for a run in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 3-1. After MacDonald retired the first batter, Mike Consolmagno reached when he was hit by a pitch and then Jonathan Koscso beat out a grounder to shortstop to put runners on first and second. Lockwood then took a pitch on the elbow with a full count to load the bases with one out.

The Bulls scored its run when Sanchez threw down to third to try and pick off Consolmagno, but the ball skipped past Wiswall which allowed him to score. MacDonald came up huge with two strikeouts to leave the tying runs in scoring position when he got Stephen Hunt and Chris Rey to go down swinging.

USF threatened again in the top of the eighth inning. Peter Brotons led off the frame with a single up the middle and then Consolmagno forced a walk to put two men on. Koscso then moved the runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt.

Head coach Mikio Aoki went to the bullpen and brought in sophomore LHP Nate Bayuk to face a pair of lefties at the plate in Lockwood and Hunt. Bayuk ended the inning in emphatic style, catching both players looking and throwing a total of seven pitches.

Belfiore came on in the ninth and picked up his third save of the season.

Fontanez allowed three runs in the first inning for the Bulls but settled in and pitched well the rest of the game. He tossed all eight innings for USF (1-3), allowed six hits, three runs, and had four strikeouts while not allowing a walk.

BC (5-0) will take on Bethune-Cookman on Friday at 4 p.m. at Swanson Stadium on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast.

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