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Baseball Surges Late to Defeat FIU, 7-3

Asselin went 7.0 innings to earn his first win of the season.

Asselin went 7.0 innings to earn his first win of the season.

March 3, 2008

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MIAMI, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team broke a 3-3 tie against Florida International by scoring four times with two outs in the top of the eighth inning to defeat the Golden Panthers, 7-3, Monday evening at University Park. The Eagles improve to 5-3 on the season, while FIU drops to 4-6.

Senior Nick Asselin (1-1) kept the Golden Panthers' bats at bay for most of the evening. The right-hander tied a career-high working 7.0 innings allowing three runs, one earned, on three hits with seven strikeouts to earn his first win of the season.

Mike Augustine made his first start of the season in the DH spot. The junior went 2-for-5 with a 2-run homer and double.

Barry Butera added three hits including a homer, while Tony Sanchez and Mickey Wiswall each collected two hits, including a double and RBI.

BC got on the scoreboard early, tacking on two runs in the top of the second inning. Wiswall led off the frame with a double to left-center field. After FIU starter Steven Stewart recorded two outs, Augustine connected for a two-run home run, the first of his career, to give the Eagles the 2-0 lead.

The Golden Panthers answered right back in the bottom half of the second, when Tyler Townsend led off inning with a solo blast off the scoreboard in left-center field.

The Eagles threatened in the top of the fifth, but left the bases loaded as Stewart got Michael Belfiore to fly out to end the threat.

In the bottom of the sixth, FIU put Asselin in a bind. Corey Lozano started the inning reaching base on an error. Ryan Mollica followed with a base hit to right. Townsend plated Lozano on a ground out to first base, tying the score, 2-2. John Petika flew out to centerfield to end the inning.

Butera welcomed relief pitcher Garret Trezona to the game in the seventh by hitting his third homer of the season to left-center field to retake the lead, 3-2. BC loaded the bases with two outs, but Jorge Marban (0-1) struck out Augustine to end the rally.

FIU tied the score in the seventh on a two-out bases loaded walk to Mollica to make the score, 3-3. Asselin got out of the inning on a Fuentes fly out to left field.

BC broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth by exploding for four runs on three hits. Sam Shaughnessy started the rally by drawing a walk. After FIU recorded two outs, Sanchez hit a RBI double to right centerfield. Eric Campbell and Wiswall followed with back-to-back RBI singles. Wiswall would score later in the inning on a passed ball to give the Eagles the 7-3 lead.

Steven Cadoret and Chris Kowalski pitched a perfect eighth and ninth inning and combine for three strikeouts to secure the win for the Eagles.

BC is back on the diamond tomorrow in Boca Raton, Fla. against Florida Atlantic at 6:30 p.m.

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