Baseball Evens Series at No. 10 Clemson, 11-5
April 3, 2010
CLEMSON, S.C. - The Boston College baseball team scored seven runs in the second inning and junior Pat Dean shut Clemson down after that to take down the No. 10 Tigers, 11-5, Saturday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Dean tossed 8.0 innings and allowed five runs on eight hits. He struck out three and walked two. He gave up the five runs in the first two innings but then returned to form, facing two batters over the minimum for the next six innings. Dean improved to 5-0 on the year with the win.
Seniors Robbie Anston and John Spatola and juniors Mickey Wiswall and Garret Smith all had two hits apiece. Wiswall hit his seventh home run of the season - and his second in as many games - and had two RBI. Freshman Matt Watson hit his fourth homer of the year, a two-run shot, and junior Matt Hamlet also drove in two. Seven different Eagles recorded an RBI in the game.
The rubber match of the series will start at noon on Easter Sunday.
Clemson scored four times in the bottom of the first to jump out to the early lead. Chris Epps doubled on a bloop behind the shortstop that went off the glove of a diving Anston hustling in from center and then Mike Freeman fought a pitch off and dropped it on the line in left for an RBI double.
Jeff Schaus reached on a fielder's choice and then stole second with one out. Wilson Boyd beat out a slow roller to the shortstop to put runners on the corners and Brad Miller drove in a run with a double to the gap in left. John Hinson then snuck a single through the right side for the final two runs of the inning.
The Eagles responded with seven runs in the second, the most runs they have scored in an inning this season. Watson led off and walked on four pitches then reached scoring position on a wild pitch. Classmate Philip Miclat dropped a single in front of the right fielder for an RBI and moved up 90 feet with a sac bunt from sophomore Anthony Melchionda. Sophomore Brad Zapenas walked to put a pair on and then Smith singled to drive in a run and put runners on the corners.
Anston hit the gap in left for an RBI double and then Hamlet drove the ball up the middle for two runs and a 5-4 BC lead. Wiswall then smashed a two-run homer to dead center to make it 7-4.
Clemson cut into the lead in the bottom half of the frame with an RBI single from Schaus.
Watson added some insurance in the top of the seventh when he sent a 2-0 pitch over the wall in right for a two-run blast to extend the Eagles' lead to 9-5. Senior John Spatola singled before Watson stepped to the plate.
BC added two more runs in the top of the ninth for good measure. Wiswall and Spatola got things going with a pair of singles through the right side and after a strikeout, senior Mike Sudol hit an RBI double to the gap in left. Spatola scored the final run on a wild pitch.
Epps, Schaus and Miller each had two hits for Clemson (19-8, 8-3) and Hinson had two RBI.