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Baseball Loses to Florida Atlantic, 13-4

Freshman Blake Butera

Freshman Blake Butera

March 7, 2012

Final Stats

Boca Raton, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team fell to Florida Atlantic, 13-4, on Wednesday night at the FAU Baseball Stadium. The Owls (9-5) used a seven-run third inning and a grand slam in the eighth to cement the win over the Eagles (6-5).

Freshman Travis Ferrick, who earned his first collegiate hit on Tuesday against FIU, went 2-for-4 on the night while classmate Blake Butera also had a 2-for-4 night and recorded his first career home run. Senior Andrew Lawrence recorded two RBIs for the second time this season and extended his hit streak to five games.

Sophomore RHP Steve Green (0-2) went two innings, allowing three hits, three runs, one earned, one walk and struck out two. In relief, senior RHP Kyle Prohovich went two innings, allowed only one hit and one walk, struck out two.

Left-hander Ahmed Garcia (1-0) earned the win, going two innings, striking out three without allowing a run, hit or walk.

FAU got on the board first, as Mike Spano singled to center, scoring Kyle Newton, who tallied an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error by second baseman Butera.

The Eagles tied the game in the third when senior Marc Perdios tallied his second hit of the night on a single to left. He stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. With two outs, Lawrence roped an RBI single to left center to even the score at one apiece.

The Owls broke the game open in the third, tallying seven runs. A walk and fielding error put runners on first and second. Freshman lefty reliever Nick Poore entered the game and with the bases loaded, Poore tallied the first out on a swinging K. Mark Nelson was hit by the pitch to bring one run in and Corey Keller hit one to left to plate two more. Newton lined one down the third-base line to score another before Poore got Spano swinging. Ricky Santiago homered over the left-field fence to give FAU the 8-1 lead. Sophomore catcher Nate LaPointe ended the inning by catching a runner trying to steal second.

BC tallied its second run in the fifth as Perdios drew a walk and advanced to third on a single by senior Anthony Melchionda. The shortstop has reached safely in every game this season. Lawrence recorded his second RBI of the night on a fielder's choice chopper to the pitcher, plating Perdios.

In the seventh, the Eagles cut the lead to 8-4 as Butera and sophomore Tom Bourdon led off with back-to-back home runs to right field. In the bottom of the inning, with runners on first and third, Melchionda fielded a slow chopper and threw home to LaPointe to get the runner coming in, keeping the Owls from scoring. With the bases loaded and two outs, freshman right-hand reliever John Gorman entered the game and walked in FAU's ninth run. Gorman ends the inning with a swinging K.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Owls loaded the bases on a lead-off double and two walks for Keller, who hit a grand slam over the right-field wall, capping the scoring at 13-4.

The Eagles open Atlantic Coast Conference play with a three-game series at No. 14 Miami, starting on Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m. at Alex Rodriguez Park.

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