March 2, 2012
Orlando, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team tallied 17 hits in an 11-8 victory over Florida Gulf Coast on Friday night at Swanson Stadium. BC (6-2) used a six-run second and a three-run seventh to earn the win over FGCU (5-5).
Sophomore RHP Eric Stevens (2-0) tallied his second win of the season, going five innings, allowing two hits, one unearned run, four walks and four strikeouts. Senior righty Matt Brazis recorded the save, his third of the season and second in two nights, striking out two in the ninth.
Florida Gulf Coast starter LHP Andrew Polly (1-1) shouldered the loss. He was chased after 1.2 innings, as he allowed five hits, six runs, one walk and one strikeout.
Junior Matt McGovern let the way for the Eagles at the plate, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs. Sophomore Tom Bourdon also registered three RBIs in the win.
Boston College recorded 17 hits in the game and three triples by McGovern, Bourdon and freshman Blake Butera. The last time the Eagles registered both those numbers was in 2010 when they had 17 hits in an 11-10 win at NC State on April 25. They also tallied three triples twice that year - in a 14-16 win versus Missouri on Feb. 28 and a 12-7 victory over Wake Forest on April 18.
BC tallied six runs on six hits in the second to go up early. Senior Andrew Lawrence led off with a base hit up the middle and took second on a steal. He advanced to third on a fly out by senior Spenser Payne. Senior Marc Perdios was hit by a pitch to create a first-and-third situation with one out. He drew the pick-off throw, which the first baseman threw away, allowing Lawrence to score the first run and Perdios to move to second. Sophomore John Hennessy singled and with two down, Butera smacked a triple to center to plate his two teammates. After McGovern walked, Bourdon drove both base runners in on a double to deep right field. Senior Anthony Melchionda completed the scoring by plating Bourdon on a hard hit to the shortstop.
Florida Gulf Coast tallied one run in the bottom of the inning as it loaded the bases on a hit by pitch, error and a walk. Alex Diaz tallied an RBI on a groundout to second baseman Butera.
Payne extended his hit streak to seven games to lead off the third with a single. Hennessy followed with a one-out single and sophomore Nate LaPointe registered his first RBI of the season by bringing home Payne on a base hit through the left side, giving BC a 7-1 lead.
Boston College added another run in the sixth on back-to-back triples by McGovern and Bourdon.
Gulf Coast cut the lead to two with a grand slam. It loaded the bases on two walks and single and Michael Suchy plated one run on a groundout to first. Junior reliever righty Jean Jeannotte re-loaded the bases with a walk, but got the second out on a swinging K. With the score 8-2, lead-off hitter Brandon Bednar drove a 0-1 pitch over the left-field fence to make it 8-6. Shortstop Melchionda caught a line drive to end the inning.
BC fired right back, scoring three in the top of the seventh. With two outs, senior Rob Moir started things off with a single to left. Two straight walks loaded the bases for McGovern, who recorded a bases-clearing double to left center, giving BC a five-run lead, 11-6.
The FGCU Eagles came back to tally two runs in the bottom of the inning. While freshman left-hand reliever Tyler Hinchliffe allowed only one base runner in his first inning of relief in the seventh, striking out all three outs, he could not get out of the eighth. Suchy drew a walk and advanced to second on a single. He scored when pinch hitter Tyson Young grounded to short and on the double-play attempt, second baseman Butera overthrew the first baseman, allowing a run in. Back-to-back singles scored Young and Florida Gulf Coast cut the lead to 11-8. Brazis kept FGCU off the board in the ninth, retiring the side in order to solidify the win.
The Eagles play the Red Sox on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers for the 22nd meeting between the two teams. The game can be seen on NESN.
They wrap up the three-game series with Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday, March 4 with a 1 p.m. game.