Baseball Falls At No. 5 Florida State, 15-6
March 12, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - No. 5 Florida State scored six times in the second inning and went on to beat the Boston College baseball team, 15-6, Saturday night at Dick Howser Stadium.
The Seminoles (14-1, 2-0 ACC) benefited from 14 free passes from Eagles pitching, including 13 walks and a hit batsman. FSU got the lead runner on base in every inning and it scored 13 of its 15 runs with two outs.
Sherman Johnson and Rafael Lopez both went 3-for-4 with two doubles for Florida State. Johnson drove in three runs while Lopez brought in two. Taiwan Easterling went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs while James Ramsey went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs.
Mack Waugh got the win in relief as the FSU bullpen combined to throw 4.2 scoreless innings.
Florida State posted six runs in the bottom of the second to take an early lead it wouldn't relinquish. Stuart Tapley walked to start the frame and Justin Gonzalez was clipped by an inside fastball to put the first two batters on base. A sacrifice bunt moved them both into scoring position and with two outs, Johnson pulled a 3-2 pitch inside the first base line for a two-run double.
Mike McGee then hit an RBI single for the third run. Ramsey and Lopez kept the scoring going with RBI doubles off the wall in right-center and then a wild pitch was the final run of the inning.
BC got two of those runs back in the third. Hamlet and freshman Tom Bourdon led off with singles that put runners on the corners and Perdios hit an RBI single with one out. Sophomore Matt Watson walked to load the bases then a fielder's choice brought in the other run.
The Seminoles scored three more times in the bottom half of the third to build a seven run lead. Gonzalez and Easterling both hit singles to begin the inning but a 5-4 double play put two outs on the board. Johnson hit an RBI double for a run then a walk and a passed ball put a pair in scoring position. Ramsey made it hurt with a single that brought both of them in to make it 9-2.
The Eagles pushed another run across in the fourth with an RBI single from junior Brad Zapenas but FSU scored two more times in the bottom half to push the lead to 11-3.
BC posted three runs in the fifth to make it an 11-6 ballgame. Consecutive singles with one out from Lawrence and Smith put runners on the corners then a double from Sudol drove in a run and put two more in scoring position. A wild pitch inched the Eagles closer to 11-5 and Hamlet plated Sudol with a groundout.
FSU responded by scoring twice in the bottom half. Jayce Boyd earned a leadoff walk and Lopez brought him in with an RBI double. Easterling plated Lopez with a two-out single. The Seminoles also went on to score two more times in the seventh.
The series finale is slated for a 1 p.m. first pitch Sunday.