Baseball Drops Series Finale to No. 5 Florida State, 9-1
March 10, 2013
Tallahassee, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team fell, 9-1, to fifth-ranked Florida State on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium on Sunday afternoon to wrap up the first ACC series. Junior Tom Bourdon turned in a 4-for-5 performance to tie a career high in hits.
The Eagles (3-11, 0-3 ACC) outhit the Seminoles (15-0, 3-0 ACC), 12-11, but a three-run first and a five-run seventh propelled the Noles to the win.
Redshirt freshman left-hander Andrew Chin (1-3) went 5.1 innings, allowed just six hits, four runs - two earned - two walks and struck out three. Freshman Logan Hoggarth was 3-for-5 on the afternoon, setting career high with three hits in a game. Classmate Joe Cronin tallied a 2-for-3 day, notching two doubles.
Seminole starter RHP Pete Miller (3-0) pitched 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing six Eagle hits, two walks and struck out seven.
Chin retired the first four batters he faced, including striking out two, before the Seminoles strung together three straight singles in the second. The third, off the bat of Jose Brizuela, got past left fielder Hoggarth, allowing all three runners to score to put the Seminoles up, 3-0. Junior catcher Nate LaPointe caught Giovanny Alfonzo, who reached on a bunt single, stealing for the second out and Chin tallied his third K to get out of the inning.
The Seminoles added one run in the sixth with one out. Brett Knief lined one back up the middle, hitting Chin. The Eagle pitcher was able to walk off the field under his own power, but Knief landed on second. Graduate student Nate Bayuk came on in relief and Brizuela knocked a base hit to center to plate Knief. Bayuk forced a 643 double play to get out of the inning.
In the seventh, the Noles made it a 9-0 game, scoring five runs. With sophomore lefty Tyler Hinchliffe on the mound, Josh Delph knocked a one-out single through the right side and DJ Stewart drove him in on a deep double to center. Stephen McGee drew a two-out walk and both runners moved up a passed ball. John Nogowski cleared the bases with a double down the third-base line. After Knief walked, sophomore southpaw Nick Poore relieved Hinchliffe and gave up a triple to Brizuela, scoring three more. Poore got a strikeout looking for the third out.
The Eagles tallied a run in the eighth, loading the bases with one out on a double by Bourdon, a base hit by freshman Chris Shaw and junior John Hennessy drew a walk. LaPointe hit a 2-2 pitch to shallow center to plate Bourdon. A double play ended the inning. LaPointe has tallied a hit in every game he has played and his three-game hit streak is the longest in his career.
BC put runners on in a few spots, all with two outs, leaving 12 runners on base. In the sixth, they loaded them up on singles by Bourdon and Hoggarth and Hennessy walked with two outs, but a ground out killed BC's chances. In the first, Bourdon and Hoggarth notched back-to-back, two-out base hits, but a groundout to first ended the inning. In the second, senior Matt McGovern reached on a fielder's choice and with two down, freshman Joe Cronin doubled to center. McGovern hustled around the bases, but was thrown out at the plate.
The Eagles return to action with a three-game series at No. 14 Georgia Tech starting on Friday, March 15 at 6 p.m.