March 9, 2013
Tallahassee, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team lost, 9-4, to fifth-ranked Florida State on Saturday night on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium, clinching the team' first ACC series. The Seminoles (14-0, 2-0 ACC) jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, and while the Eagles (3-10, 0-2 ACC) managed to score four runs on seven hits, they could rally for the comeback.
Sophomore RHP John Gorman (1-2) lasted only 1.2 innings in his fourth start of the year. He allowed seven hits, eight runs and walked one. Freshman right-hander Jeff Burke came in and kept the Noles off the board, pitching 3.1 innings, allowing only two hits and two walks. Classmate lefty Jesse Adams pitched two innings and retired all six batters he faced, tallying two Ks and throwing 15 of his 19 pitches for strikes.
Florida State right-hand starter Scott Sitz (3-0) pitched 5.1 innings in the win, allowing six hits, four runs - one earned - two walks and five strikeouts. The Eagles broke Sitz's consecutive scoreless inning streak at 22 innings, tallying two in the third. Gage Smith earned his first save of the year, pitching the final 1.2 innings and giving up just one hit.
Junior John Hennessy tied his career-long hit streak at four games with a 1-for-2 night, drawing two walks, hitting a double and scoring two runs. Senior Matt McGovern was 2-for-4 with his first RBI of the season.
The Noles got on the board with a score in the first as Josh Delph started the game with a double to left center. A groundout to second moved him 90 feet from home and Marcus Davis plated his teammate with a grounder to the same spot.
They added seven runs in the second, stretching it to an eight-run lead. With one out, Jose Brizuela singled through the right side and Seth Miller followed with a double to deep center to put runners in scoring position. Giovanny Alfonzo drove in one with a base hit to right and with the bases loaded after a walk, Delph laced one to left to score two more. DJ Stewart tripled to the wall in center to clear the bases and put FSU up, 6-0. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Davis added a run and Stephen McGee knocked a solo shot over the wall in left to make it an 8-0 game. Burke came in the game and got the final out on a grounder to short.
BC tallied two runs in the third as Hennessy was the first Eagle of the game to reach base with a walk. With two down in the inning, freshman Gabriel Hernandez
and sophomore Blake Butera
tallied back-to-back singles to load the bases. Junior Tom Bourdon
smacked a grounder to shortstop GIovanny Alfonzo, who misread the ball and it skipped into the outfield, allowing Hennessy and Hernandez to cross the plate, making it an 8-2 game.
The Eagles added a run in the fourth and in the sixth to cut the FSU lead to 8-4. With two outs in the fourth, Hennessy doubled down the first-base line and moved up to third on a single to center by junior Jimmy Dowdell. Senior Matt McGovern doubled off the wall in right to score Hennessy, while Dowdell was thrown out at the plate. In the sixth, freshman Logan Hoggarth tallied a lead-off base hit to right and moved into scoring position when classmate Chris Shaw drew a walk. With two outs, Dowdell grounded one to third, which Alfonzo overthrew, allowing Hoggarth to score.
In the eighth, with sophomore righty Eric Stone on the mound, Miller doubled down the right line and moved to third on a groundout. A sac bunt by John Sansone scored FSU's ninth run of the night.
The two teams will play on Sunday, March 10 at 1 p.m. to wrap up the series. It can be seen on ESPN 3.