Baseball Falls to No. 5 Florida State, 4-0
March 8, 2013
Tallahassee, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team lost, 4-0, to fifth-ranked Florida State in the first night of Atlantic Coast Conference action on Friday night at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.
The Eagles (3-9, 0-1 ACC) tallied only one hit off Seminoles' (13-0, 1-0 ACC) starter Brandon Leibrandt in the conference loss. Leibrandt (4-0) pitched 7.1 hitless innings before junior John Hennessy laced one through the left side in the eighth. Overall, he went eight innings, walked four and struck out three.
Junior right-hander Eric Stevens (0-3) pitched 5.1 innings, allowed four runs - three earned - five hits and six walks. Sophomore LHP Nick Poore pitched 1.2 innings of relief, striking out two and walking one without allowing a hit or run.
The Seminoles took an early 2-0 lead after two, scoring a run in the first and one in the second. Josh Delph drew a lead-off walk in the first, advanced to second on a groundout and moved up to third on a wild pitch. He scored on a grounder to second by Marcus Davis for the one-run lead. In the second, John Nogowski tallied an infield single on a chopper to third and landed on third after an error by sophomore shortstop Blake Butera. Jose Brizuela plated him with a sac fly to right.
They added one to their lead in the third, making it 3-0. DJ Stewart doubled off the wall in right center, but Stevens picked him off at second for the second out of the inning. Stephen McGee nailed one off the left-field wall to score Davis from first, who had earned a free pass to the bag. Butera fielded a hard-hit grounder to get out of the inning.
After Stevens strung together two scoreless innings, he put runners on first and second with one out on a double down the left-field line and a walk. Poore came on in relief and walked one to load the bases before forcing Stewart to ground to second, bringing one run home.
In the eighth, senior righty Hunter Gordon gave up a single and with one out and walked two to load the bases. Graduate student LHP Nate Bayuk came in and forced a 463 groundout double play to keep the Noles from scoring. It marked the third time this season Bayuk has entered the game with the bases loaded and not allowed a run to cross the plate.
The Eagles had their best chance to score in the second with two on as freshman Logan Hoggarth reached on a fielding error by first baseman Nogowski and classmate Stephen Sauter drew a walk, but a double play off the bat of senior Matt McGovern forced BC out of the inning.
The two teams will face off against tomorrow at 6 p.m. Sophomore right-hander John Gorman will take the mound for the Eagles.