Baseball Drops Doubleheader to No. 1 Florida State
March 28, 2014
Kingston, R.I. - The Boston College baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader, 6-0 and 11-7, to top-ranked Florida State on Friday afternoon at URI's Bill Beck Field. The Eagles (7-17, 1-10 ACC) lost a five-run lead in the top of the ninth in the second game, allowing the Seminoles (21-5, 9-2 ACC) to take the series.
Junior right-hander John Gorman (2-4) went four innings, allowed four hits, four runs, four walks and struck out four. Classmate LHP Nick Poore threw two innings of scoreless relief, striking out two. Sophomore Chris Shaw tallied the Eagles' only hit in the seventh inning.
After Gorman struck out two and freshman catcher Nick Sciortino threw down to second get the runner trying to advance on a wild pitch in the first, the Noles tallied two runs in the second. They put two on with two walks and Casey Smit singled through the left side to score one. A wild pitch moved runners to second and third but Gage West chopped one back to the mound, allowing Gorman to throw home for tag out. Danny De La Calle drove in one more with a base hit before a strikeout ended the inning.
FSU added two more in the third as Gorman walked Justin Gonzalez to start the inning. With one out, John Nogowski singled up the middle to put runners on the corners. Jose Brizuela plated Gonzales with a double to right. Nogowski attempted to come home as well, but was thrown out at the plate on the relay from Shaw to senior John Hennessy to Sciortino. Brizuela advanced to third on the throw home and crossed the plate on a wild pitch to make it 4-0. Gorman ended the inning with another K.
The Seminoles added another run in the sixth with new pitcher freshman righty Mike King on the hill. King retired the first six batters he faced before allowing a lead-off double to Nogowski. Brizuela moved him over to third on a grounder and scored when Brett Knief knocked a hard-hit grounder to freshman third baseman Johnny Adams, who grabbed it on the dive, but could not make the throw quick enough.
FSU added one more in the ninth off redshirt sophomore left-hander Tyler Hinchliffe. After Hinchliffe started the inning with three straight strikes for the first out, he walked Knief. Knief moved up to third on a single and scored on a groundout by pinch hitter Hank Truluck to make it 6-0.
The Seminoles tallied nine runs on four hits and five walks to eventually come from behind for the victory.
Sophomore Logan Hoggarth tallied a career high with four RBIs on a 2-for-4 day, scoring one run. Classmate Gabriel Hernandez was also 2-for-4, while fellow sophomore Joe Cronin was 2-for-3 with a career-high three runs and two RBIs.
FSU starter RHP Mike Compton went 5.2 innings, allowed eight hits, four runs - three earned - one walk and struck out two. Right-hand reliever Jim Voyles (1-0) tallied the win, throwing a scoreless eighth and allowing one hit, one walk and one strikeout.
Sophomore John Nicklas (1-2) shouldered the loss, allowing four runs in the ninth, getting through 0.1 innings with one hit and two walks.
BC went up early, tallying a run in the second. Cronin drew a one-out walk and Hennessy followed with a bunt single. Cronin advanced to third on a throwing error by third baseman Brizuela and Hoggarth brought him home with a bunt down the first-base line as first baseman Nogowski's throw was late to the plate.
The Seminoles took the lead in the following inning, scoring two. Justin Gonzalez hit a bases-clearing double after a fielder's choice and hit by pitch.
BC tied the game in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases as Hernandez singled, junior Blake Butera reached on a bunt single and senior Tom Bourdon landed on first after Compton misplayed his sacrifice bunt attempt. With one out, Cronin hit a sacrifice fly to right to plate Hernandez.
The Eagles took a 4-2 lead in the sixth, scoring two runs on four hits. Cronin tallied a one-out double to right and moved to third on a groundout by Hennessy. Hoggarth knocked a high chopper to third and beat Brizuela's throw, scoring Cronin. Designated hitter Hinchlife followed with a single up the middle and Sciortino tallied his first career RBI with a base hit to right to plate Hoggarth.
BC took a five-run lead on three hits in the seventh with lefty Billy Strode on the mound. Butera tallied an infield single and stole second before Bourdon drew a walk. With two aboard and one out, Cronin singled through the right side to score Butera. With two down, Hoggarth knocked one to right to bring in Bourdon and Cronin, who had moved up on a wild pitch.
Sophomore Jesse Adams came on in the ninth but could not tally an out. He gave up a single and three straight walks to make it a 7-3 ballgame. Nicklas replaced him on the hill and pinch hitter West cut the lead to three with a sacrifice fly to right. Ladson Montgomery double to right to score another FSU run before Nicklas walked a batter to reload the bases. He hit Gonzalez to make it a one-run game and then, on a 3-2 count, threw another ball to tie the game at seven. With the bases loaded, BC went to the bullpen for senior lefty Steve Green. Nogowski took the second pitch he saw deep over the right-field wall for a grand slam, giving the Noles the 11-7 lead. After allowing a single, Green got a groundout and a strikeout to get BC out of the ninth.
Right-hander Gage Smith pitched the bottom of the ninth and after Shaw reached on a lead-off single, a double play and strikeout ended the game.
The Eagles and Seminoles will finish the series on Saturday, March 29 with an 11 a.m. game. It will be played at Beck Field.