Baseball Falls to FAU, 3-2, in 11 Innings
March 4, 2014
Boca Raton - The Boston College baseball team lost a pitchers' duel that took 11 innings to complete, falling, 3-2, to Florida Atlantic on Tuesday evening at FAU Baseball Stadium. Sophomore Gabriel Hernandez tied the game for the Eagles (6-5) in the top of the ninth on a base hit, but the Owls (9-3) earned the victory on a walk-off double in the 11th.
Senior John Hennessy led the Eagles with a 3-for-4 performance while Hernandez and sophomore Logan Hoggarth tied the game twice with RBIs. Classmate Chris Shaw kept his hit streak alive, with a single in the sixth, to extend it to a career-long 11 games. He has tallied at least one hit in every game of the 2014 season. Hoggarth was 2-for-4 on the night, extending his hit streak to a career-long six games.
The four Eagles pitchers allowed just three runs and three walks in the 11-inning contest while striking out 11. Freshman righty Mike King struck out five over four innings of work in his first career start. He allowed just three hits, one run and walked two. Classmate right-hander Luke Fernandes threw 3.1 innings of relief, allowed two hits, one run, one walk and struck out a career-high three. Sophomore LHP Jesse Adams did not allow a hit, walk or run in 1.2 innings of relief, striking out two. Classmate RHP John Nicklas (0-1) shouldered the loss, after pitching a scoreless 10th, gave up the winning run in the 11th. He struck out one, did not walk a batter and allowed four hits in 1.2 innings.
BC batters faced seven Florida Atlantic pitchers. Right-hander reliever Cody Mizelle (1-0) tallied the win, throwing two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out two. Starting left-hander Sean Labsan pitched four scoreless innings in his start, giving up two hits, three walks and striking out three.
The Eagles outhit the Owls, 10-9, in the contest. They stranded 11 men on base, while FAU left nine on.
The Owls took an early 1-0 lead in the third, as King surrendered his first hits of the game. With one down, FAU loaded the bases with three straight singles. Tyler Rocklein grounded to second to plate the first run of the game.
Hoggarth tied the game in the eighth after Hennessy tallied his third hit of the night. The first baseman led off with a single and moved to second on an error by catcher Levi Meyer. With two down, Hoggarth placed one in shallow center, allowing Hennessy to cross the plate for the tying run.
Meyer put the Owls back on top in the bottom of the inning with Fernandes on the hill as Ricky Santiago singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. Myer drove him in with one down on a base hit to center. Adams came in caught J. Bonilla Traverso's popup and doubled up Meyer at first to end the inning.
In what could have been the Eagles' final at bat, Hernandez retied the game. Freshman Johnny Adams drew a lead-off walk and redshirt sophomore Nick Colucci moved him to second on a sacrifice bunt. Adams advanced to third on a wild pitch and Hernandez drove him in with a single to right. In the bottom of the inning, Jesse Adams retired the side in order, striking out two and forcing extras.
The Owls won the game with two outs in the 11th. Nicklas retired the first two batter with grounder before CJ Chatham doubled to right. Billy Endris hit a walk-off double to right center to give FAU the win.
The Eagles and Owls return to finish the two-game series on Wednesday with a 6:30 p.m. start.