March 1, 2012
Fort Myers, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team earned its first shutout of the season, taking down Florida Gulf Coast, 3-0, on Thursday night at Swanson Stadium. The BC Eagles (5-2) recorded 12 hits in the win, while the pitching staff only allowed four all night to the FGCU Eagles (5-4).
In all, the BC staff allowed only six base runners on the night. From the second to the seventh inning, the staff retired 14 straight FGCU batters. Junior RHP Taylor Lasko, who started the game, gave up two hits in the first inning before sitting down the final two outs of the inning on strikeouts, and the next FGCU hit came in the seventh inning, a one-out single off sophomore LHP Steve Green. Green came back to retire the next two batters to end the inning. The only other base runner in that span was a two-out walk issued in the second by senior RHP Kyle Prohovich. The righty left the runner stranded by forcing a popup to end the inning and came back in the third with a 1-2-3 inning, including a strikeout.
Freshman southpaw Nick Poore earned his first career win, going three innings and retiring all nine batters he faced. He struck out three in that span. Senior righty Matt Brazis recorded his second save of the year, pitching the ninth, allowing one hit and striking out two. Freshman RHP John Gorman also went an inning, allowed one walk and struck out two. In all, the BC pitching staff tallied 12 K's.
Gulf Coast's Jason Forjet (0-1) took the loss. He went 5.1 innings, allowed eight hits, two runs, one walk and three strikeouts.
Three BC Eagles tallied three hits on the night. Senior Spenser Payne, starting at third for the first time in his career, went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Senior Anthony Melchionda also went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI and freshman Blake Butera was 3-for-4 with two doubles. In his first career start at first, freshman Tyler Hinchliffe went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
BC took an early 1-0 lead in the second with two outs. Payne recorded his first career triple by smoking one over the centerfielder's head and extending an early hit streak to six games. Hinchliffe drove his teammate in on a double down the right-field line.
Melchionda added to BC's lead with another run in the third, lacing one down the left-field line to score junior Matt McGovern, who reached on a four-pitch walk.
Boston College added another run in the seventh, as Melchionda drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on a balk. After junior Matt Paré tallied a four-pitch walk, Gulf Coast went to its bullpen for third pitcher of the night, Gabe Rivera. Payne tallied his third hit of the night with an RBI single through the left side to plate Melchionda. New pitcher RJ Brown got Hinchliffe looking to keep BC scoring at one for the inning.
The two team return to face each other Friday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m.