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Hot Bats Put Baseball Back In Win Column Against Samford

March 1, 2009

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FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team posted more than 10 runs and 20 hits for the second time in as many games and it defeated Samford, 19-13, in the final game of the FGCU Classic at Terry Park Stadium. Sophomore Mickey Wiswall recorded a career-high five hits in the game.

In the last two games, the Eagles have scored 35 runs on 45 hits. They have scored six or more runs in three different innings the last two days.

Wiswall finished 5-for-6 on the day with a pair of doubles. Junior Robbie Anston tied a career high with four hits and eclipsed his personal best with four RBI. He also hit his first career homer. All nine players in the lineup had a multiple hit game. Freshman Brad Zapenas went 3-for-5 with a double and junior Barry Butera had two hits including his second triple in as many games. Junior Tony Sanchez and sophomore Mike Sudol both had homers.

BC started hot and scored six runs in the top of the first. It marked the fifth-straight game that the Eagles had put up a run in the opening frame. Anston started the game with a nice at-bat and singled on a full count to lead off the game. Zapenas stepped to the plate and laid down a sacrifice bunt and Anston made an attempt to get to third with nobody covering. The first baseman threw the ball away trying to get him and Anston scored for the game's first run.

With two outs, Wiswall got himself in scoring position with a double to right and then junior Mike Belfiore scored him when he singled through the right side to make it 2-0.

Butera kept the rally going when he ripped a triple that snuck inside the right field line. Sophomore Garret Smith hit a grounder under the glove of the shortstop to make it 4-0 and then Sudol took a 1-0 pitch deep to right for his second homer of the season to add the sixth run.

Freshman Mike Dennhardt retired the first two batters in the bottom of the inning quickly, but Mason Meredeth kept Samford alive with a single past a diving Wiswall at third. David Schulze had a good at-bat and forced a walk off of a full count, and then Trey Hayes cashed in when he hit a home run to right center to cut the BC lead in half, 6-3.

BC picked up two more in the second when Anston led off the frame and roped a 1-0 delivery for a homer over the right field wall. The Eagles then loaded the bases after Zapenas walked and Sanchez and Wiswall singled. Belfiore grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, but Zapenas scored to give BC an 8-3 lead.

The Bulldogs got one of those runs back in their half of the inning. Joe Durham led off the bottom of the second with a walk and after a pop out, Stephen Ballard singled through the right side of the infield. Durham advanced to third and with the throw from right over the cutoff's head, Ballard took second to put two runners in scoring position. Wayne Miller plated the run when he grounded out to Smith at short.

BC picked up another run in the third with two outs to push the lead up to five. Redshirt freshman Andrew Lawrence walked and then stole second to put himself in scoring position. Anston got him home when he singled past the diving shortstop.

Samford tacked on three more in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to 9-7 highlighted by a two-run home run and then tied the game with two runs in the fourth. After Michael Johnson was hit by a pitch with one out, he took second when Meredeth grounded out to the right side. Schulze reached on an error which scored Johnson and then Hayes singled to center to tie the game.

BC regained the lead in the top of the fifth with four runs to make it 13-9. Smith and Sudol led off with consecutive singles to put runners on the corners. Lawrence struck out but on the final strike the pitch got past the catcher and Smith was able to cross the plate to make it 10-9 Eagles. Sudol would score on a passed ball when Zapenas was in the box.

Zapenas then got himself on with a single and Sanchez turned on a 3-1 fastball and hit a monster home run over the left field wall to give BC a 13-9 advantage.

BC added three more insurance runs in the sixth to take an insurmountable lead. Samford pulled within three with four runs in the bottom of the seventh, but the Eagles put the game out of reach when they added three more runs for the 19-13 lead.

Belfiore came on in the eighth inning and pitched two perfect innings to pick up his fourth save of the season.

For the Bulldogs (3-4), Hayes finished 4-for-5 at the plate with five RBI and three runs. Meredeth, Ballard and Marcus Rodriguez each had two hits.

Boston College (7-1) will take Monday off - its first day off after playing five-straight days - before playing the first game of a two-game series against Florida Gulf Coast on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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