Baseball Falls to No. 1 Florida State
March 29, 2014
Kingston, R.I. - The Boston College baseball team dropped the series finale to top-ranked Florida State, 10-1, on Saturday afternoon at Bill Beck Field. The Eagles (7-18, 1-11 ACC) could only muster three hits against the No. 1 Seminoles (22-5, 10-2 ACC).
Sophomore starter righty Jeff Burke (0-3) pitched six innings, allowed four hits, five runs -only two earned - three walks and struck out four. He retired the final 11 batters he faced.
Left-hander Bryant Holtmann (4-0) gave up one run and three hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out four. Lefty Brandon Johnson picked up the save, retiring all nine BC batters he faced with four Ks.
The Seminoles got on the board early, scoring three in the first. Josh Delph drew a walk to start the game and moved to third on a throwing error by third baseman Hernandez. Brett Knief grounded out to short to score Delph. Two more walks with two down loaded the bases for John Sansone, who laced one to center to give FSU a 3-0 lead.
The Eagles got one back in the bottom of the inning. Hernandez and Butera tallied back-to-back infield singles and sophomore Joe Cronin moved them into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Shaw hit a fly to center, allowing Hernandez to tag up to make it a 3-1 game.
FSU tallied two more in the third to take a 5-1 lead. Knief and John Nogowski led off with singles and Knief advanced to third on a fly out. Casey Smit brought him home with a single through the right side and with runners back at the corners, Sansone hit a sacrifice fly to center for the second run of the inning.
The Seminoles broke the game open in the seventh with rain falling, scoring four runs on three hits. Senior right-hand reliever Eric Stevens loaded the bases with two outs on two walks and an infield single. Classmate lefty Steve Green entered the game but gave up a triple to Jose Brizuela down the right-field line just past the glove of diving senior first baseman John Hennessy on an 0-2 count. Smit made it a 9-1 game with a base hit to center, plating Brizuela. Green got out of the inning with a fly out.
The lead increased to 10-1 with freshman right-hander Bobby Skogsbergh on the hill in the eighth. He retired the first two batters he faced before giving up a single and walk to put two on. Pinch hitter Nick Granganella hit a blooper to center, scoring one. Senior centerfielder Tom Bourdon was able to get him at second with Hennessy covering the bag to end the inning.
The Eagles return to action on Tuesday, April 1 with a 3 p.m. home game against Connecticut.