March 4, 2012
Fort Myers, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team tallied three runs in the ninth inning, but could not mount a comeback against Florida Gulf Coast, losing, 8-5, in the series finale at Swanson Stadium. The Eagles (6-3) earned wins in the first two games of the series against FGCU (6-5).
Sophomore RHP Matt Alvarez (1-1) shouldered the loss, going 4.1 innings, allowing four hits, seven hits, five earned, five walks and striking out seven. Brandon Bixler (2-1) of FGCU went five innings in the win, allowing two hits, two runs, both unearned, four walks and struck out seven.
Three BC Eagles tallied two hits on the day, including junior Matt McGovern, who hit his first home run of the season and recorded two RBIs. Sophomore Tom Bourdon and senior Spencer Payne also tallied two hits in the contest.
Florida Gulf Coast took an early 2-0 lead when Alvarez walked three batters to load the bases with one out and on a double-play attempt, first baseman Payne bobbled the ball to allow the base runner to reach safely. Sophomore third baseman John Hennessy made a diving catch and throw to end the inning.
BC tied the game in the top of the second. Senior Marc Perdios reached on a throwing error and junior Matt Paré was hit by a pitch to put two on. Hennessy laid down a bunt to move the runners over, but was safe at first when Bixler overthrew the bag, allowing Perdios to score. McGovern tied the game with a groundout to short, scoring Paré.
FGCU retook the lead with two runs in the bottom of the third. Alvarez walked the first two batters and then got Sean Dwyer looking. Kevin Young smacked one up the middle to plate a run before the BC righty could strikeout another FGCU batter. Dane Wisneski drove home the second run in the inning on a line drive up the middle, giving Gulf Coast the 4-2 lead.
Payne extended his hit streak to eight games with a two-out base hit to left field, but FGCU first baseman Dwyer made a great grab on Perdios' hard-hit grounder to end the inning, leaving one on.
Florida Gulf Coast broke the game open in the fifth, scoring four runs to take an 8-2 lead. Alvarez loaded the bases on a hit by pitch, base hit and fielder's choice with one out. Senior Nate Bayuk came on in relief and pinch hitter Andrew Valencia laced one to left to score two. Brady Anderson grounded out to short to plate another run and Brandon Bednar completed the scoring with a single to right center.
BC scored three in the ninth, but came up short in its rally attempt. McGovern led off with his second career home run, a blast over the right-field fence. Bourdon and senior Anthony Melchionda tallied back-to-back singles to put runners on first and third. Melchionda has reached safely in every game this season. Senior Andrew Lawrence drove Bourdon in on a hard-hit single to first and Payne plated Melchionda on a groundout double play to make it 8-5. Perdios doubled right down the third-base line, but Paré grounded out to end the game.
The BC Eagles return to action on Tuesday, March 6 when they take on FIU at 6 p.m.