Baseball Falls to No. 1 Florida State, 6-3
April 14, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - In front of over 1,200 fans, the Boston College baseball team lost to top-ranked Florida State, 6-3, at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Shea Field on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles (13-22, 4-13 ACC) kept it close, but could not close the gap on the Seminoles (29-6, 16-1 ACC), who outhit them, 11-7.
Junior right-hander Hunter Gordon (1-4) shouldered the loss, going five innings, allowing eight hits, six runs - four earned - three walks and he struck out two. Freshmen relievers Tyler Hinchliffe and Geoffrey Murphy pitched well out of the pen, as they did not allow a run or walk. Hinchliffe, a lefty, went two innings, allowed two hits and struck out one and the right-handed Murphy went two and allowed one hit and struck out one.
FSU righty Hunter Scantling (4-0) earned the win, throwing 4.1 innings of relief, allowing four hits, one run and three strikeouts. RHP Robert Benincasa tallied his 10th save of the season, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth. Starter Mike Compton went 2.1 innings, allowed two hits, two runs, two walks and struck out one.
The Eagles got down early, as FSU took a 5-0 lead through two and half and BC had to fight its way back. The Seminoles started off with two runs off two hits in the first. Sherman Johnson drew a lead-off walk and Devon Travis singled up the middle to put two on. With one out, Jayce Boyd doubled to center to score both runners. Gordon forced a fly out and finished the inning with a strikeout.
FSU added two more in the second. With one out, Justin Gonzalez walked and stole second to get into scoring position. Josh Delph laced on to center to score his teammate and sophomore centerfielder Tom Bourdon bobbled the ball to allow Delph to end up on second. Delph tagged up on a fly out to right and scored on a single up the middle by Travis.
The Seminoles tacked one on in the third as Jose Brizuela tallied a two-out double down the third-base line and Seth Miller plated him with a single to right. Right fielder McGovern threw to the plate and junior catcher Matt Paré went back to second where senior shortstop Anthony Melchionda tagged Miller out at second to end the inning.
The Eagles got two back in the third to make it 5-2. With one out, Perdios smacked on to left and stole second. Freshman Travis Ferrick and McGovern drew walks to load the bases and Butera brought two home with a bloop single to left. Scantling relieved Compton to face Bourdon. Bourdon hit a hard liner to first baseman Boyd, who made a good catch and tagged the bag for a double play to get out of the inning.
FSU made it a 6-2 game in the fifth as James Ramsey reached on a fielding error by second baseman Butera. He advance on a base hit by Boyd and scored on a sac bunt by Brizuela.
Hinchliffe came on in relief in the sixth and allowed a double down the right-field line, but Butera tallied two outs by making a great grab on a line drive and dove to the second-bag to double off the runner. Hinchliffe finished things off with a strikeout looking.
BC cut it to 6-3 in the seventh, stringing together four base hits with two outs. Paré singled up the middle and Perdios followed with his third hit of the game to left. Senior pinch hitter Andrew Lawrence tallied a check-swing infield single just inside the third-base line and McGovern brought Paré home with a single through the left side.
The Eagles and Seminoles will wrap up the series with a 1 p.m. game on Sunday, April 15.