March 6, 2012
Miami, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team lost to FIU, 14-6, on Tuesday night at FIU Baseball Stadium. The Eagles (6-4) were outhit by the Panthers (5-5), 17-7, and allowed two big innings of scoring, a six-run first and a four-run fifth.
Junior RHP Taylor Lasko (0-1) took the loss, going 0.2 innings, allowing four hits, six runs, three that were earned, one walk and two strikeouts. Right-hander Eddy Pirdermann (1-0) tallied the win, going five innings, giving up four hits, two runs, one earned, two walks and four strikeouts.
Senior Andrew Lawrence went 3-for-5 on the night, tallying a run and an RBI, while freshman Blake Butera went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Junior Matt McGovern led the way with two RBIs for the Eagles. Senior Anthony Melchionda reached base for the 10th straight game, as he has reached safely in every game this season.
The Panthers got on the board early, scoring six runs on four hits in the first. Lasko walked Pablo Bermudez and gave up back-to-back singles to load the bases. A fielding error by second baseman Butera allowed Bermudez to score and keep the bases loaded for Adam Kirsch. Kirsch homered to left, plating four runs to give FIU a 5-0 lead. Lasko got Jabari Henry swinging, but the batter reached on a passed ball and stole second. He scored the sixth run when Julius Gaines singled to right.
The Eagles got a run back in the third, as McGovern drove in junior Rob Moir, who reached on an error by the shortstop.
FIU tallied a run in the third and the fourth. In the third, Roche Woodard lined it back at senior reliever Nate Bayuk, stole second and landed on third on a passed ball. He scored on a pop-up single. In the fourth, Bermudez advanced to second on a throwing error with freshman lefty reliever Tyler Hinchliffe on the mound. Bermudez advanced to third on a single and scored on a sac fly, giving the Panthers an 8-1 lead.
BC score its second run in the fifth, as Butera singled to right with one out and Pidermann loaded the bases with a walk and an infield single off the bat of sophomore Tom Bourdon
. Lawrence drove Butera in on a single to right.
The Panthers scored four runs in the fifth as Oscar Aguirre doubled and scored on a one-out single by Gaines. FIU loaded the bases with two more singles and Nathan Burns plated two more with a single up the middle. Mike Martinez knocked in another run on an infield single to up FIU up, 12-2.
The Eagles attempted to close the gap in the sixth, scoring three to make it 12-5. Freshman Travis Ferrick tallied his first career hit and RBI. With runners on first and second, he laced on to the left-field corner, scoring Paré, who was hit by a pitch. Butera then singled to plate Moir, who had walked. McGovern grounded to first to plate Ferrick for the third run of the inning.
While FIU scored in the bottom of the inning on a bases-loaded walk, the Eagles got it back in the top of the seventh. Lawrence led off with a stand-up triple to deep center field and came home on a groundout by Paré to make it 13-6.
Freshman Michael West made his first career appearance in the seventh. After giving up a hit and hitting batter, he forced the fourth of the five double plays the Eagles turned on the night and a fly out to keep the Panthers off the board. FIU finished off their scoring when TJ Schantz hit a solo shot over the left-field fence in the eighth.
The Eagles will face Florida Atlantic on Wednesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Boca Raton, Fla.