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Baseball Loses Tough Battle with No. 1 Florida State

Senior Spenser Payne

Senior Spenser Payne

April 13, 2012

Box Score

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team led going into the ninth, but lost, 6-5, in a tight game with No. 1 Florida State at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Shea Field on Friday afternoon. The Eagles (13-21, 4-12 ACC)scored two in the eighth to take a one-run lead, but allowed two in the ninth and could not rally in their last at bat to give the Seminoles (28-6, 15-1 ACC) the first win in the three-game series.

Senior Anthony Melchionda and junior Rob Moir led the way for the Eagles, both going 3-for-5 with two runs. Seniors Spenser Payne and Marc Perdios recorded two RBIs apiece while sophomore Tom Bourdon blasted a solo home run in the first inning.

Senior lefty Nate Bayuk (2-2) tallied the loss, allowing the two runs in the ninth. He went 1.1 innings in relief, gave up three hits, one walk and struck out one. Right-handed sophomore starter Eric Stevens pitched 5.1 innings, allowed eight hits, four runs, four walks and struck out three. Freshman righty John Gorman pitched 2.1 scoreless innings of relief without allowing a walk or hit. He struck out three.

Right-hand reliever Robert Benincasa (3-0)tallied his third win as he pitched the final 1.2 innings. He gave up two hits, walked two and struck out four. He did not allow a run to cross the plate. Starter LHP Brandon Leibrandt went 5.2 innings, allowed seven hits, three runs, two walks and struck out three.

Bourdon got things started for the Eagles with a solo shot to right in the bottom of the first with two outs. The centerfielder hit the first pitch of his at bat over the fence for his seventh homer of the season, which leads the team.

The Seminoles took the lead in the second, scoring two. Jose Brizuela drew a one-out walk and moved to second when Seth Miller laid a bunt single just fair down the third-base line. Junior catcher Matt Paré picked off Miller at first for the second out, but Brizuela was able to advance to third on the throw. Justin Gonzalez plated Brizuela with a base hit to left and ended up on third with a stolen base and a balk. A single by Sherman Johnson scored Gonzalez to give FSU a 2-1 lead.

FSU increased its lead to 4-1 in the sixth, forcing Stevens from the game. With one down, Stevens hit Miller and he moved to third on two wild pitches. Gonzalez walked and advanced to second on one of the wild pitches. Josh Delph drove them both in on a double down the right line. Gorman came on in relief of Stevens and forced two fly balls to end the Seminoles' scoring threat.

The Eagles got the two back to cut the lead to one again in the bottom of the same inning. With two outs, Melchionda and Moir tallied back-to-back singles and Payne drove them in on a double off the center-field wall to put the Eagles right back in it, trailing, 4-3. In the top of the seventh, Gorman retired the side in order, recording two Ks.

The Eagles took the lead in the eighth, scoring twice to go up, 5-4. With one out, Melchionda and Moir went back-to-back on base hit again. Benincasa came in and walked Payne to load the bases. He got the second out swinging, but Perdios smacked one up the middle to score Melchionda and Moir, putting BC on top by one.

In the top of the ninth, the Seminoles took back the lead, scoring two runs on three hits and an error. Devon Travis led off with an infield single to third and with one out, Jayce Boyd hit a double just fair to right, allowing Travis to score the tying run. Another infield single put runners on first and second and Brizuela hit a hard grounder to freshman second baseman Blake Butera, who flipped to shortstop Melchionda for the second out. Melchionda threw to first the double play, but it was too low and got past first baseman Payne, allowing Boyd to score to go-ahead run. Third baseman Hennessy ended the inning with a groundout.

The Eagles tried to tie the game in their last at bat. With two outs, Bourdon walked and Melchionda singled to right to put runners on the corners. Benincasa got Moir to fly out to end the game and preserve Florida State's win.

The Eagles will host the Seminoles for the second game of the series on Saturday, April 14 with a 1:30 p.m. start. The 2012 National Championship Boston College hockey team will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

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