Baseball Takes Series Finale From No. 1 Florida State, 17-6
April 15, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team scored a season-high 17 runs as it won the series finale against No. 1 Florida State, 17-6, Sunday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.
It was the most runs allowed by the Seminoles in an ACC game since the 2004 season.
Sophomore Tom Bourdon led the offense by going 4-for-6 with a homer, two doubles, three RBIs and four runs. It was his team-leading eighth home run of the season. Senior Anthony Melchionda belted his fifth homer while going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and four runs. Junior Matt Paré had three hits and two RBIs.
Senior Kyle Prohovich notched the win on the mound after throwing 3.2 shutout innings of relief. He struck out three and allowed two hits to improve to 1-1 on the year.
Florida State struck immediately with a pair of runs in the top of the first. Sherman Johnson led the game off with a walk and after a fly out, James Ramsey pulled a double down the left field line to put a pair in scoring position. Jayce Boyd then took a 1-2 offering the other way to right field for a two-run double.
Boston College responded with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning. Freshman Blake Butera used smart base running and hustle to get the first run. He drew a one-out walk and reached second on a breaking ball in the dirt. With two outs in the inning, another pitch got away from the catcher and bounced toward the BC dugout. Butera rounded third as the catcher retrieved the ball, and he slid in safely to cut the deficit in half. Melchionda and junior Rob Moir continued the inning with consecutive walks, and then senior Marc Perdios snuck an 0-2 pitch through the right side to tie the game. Senior Spenser Payne drew another walk to load the bases and Pare sent an infield single up the middle for the third run.
FSU scored two more times in the second to regain the lead. The Seminoles started the frame with a hit batsman and then a Josh Delph double to the gap in right. Johnson singled in a run and then Ramsey brought in the other run with a sharp groundout to first.
BC tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the third. Melchionda and Moir started things off with consecutive singles and then a pop out and a fielder's choice left runners on the corners with two down. Pare tied the game with a single through the right side on a 2-2 pitch.
The Eagles tacked on two more runs in the fourth to take a 6-4 lead. Bourdon hit a one-out single and then Melchionda pulled the first pitch he saw inside the left field line for a double. Moir then hit a soft grounder to short and the shortstop threw it past the first baseman, allowing both runners to score.
Bourdon added another run to the lead in the sixth when he pulled a 2-2 pitch over the right field wall with two outs, but a Jose Brizuela RBI single in the seventh made it a two-run game again.
BC increased the lead to 9-5 with a pair of unearned runs in the seventh. The Eagles loaded the bases with one out after a Perdios infield single, a hit batsman and a walk. Freshman Travis Ferrick hit a chopper back to the pitcher who went home, but his throw went to the backstop and two runs scored.
The Eagles then opened the game up with eight runs in the bottom of the eighth, highlighted by a Melchionda two-run homer and a pair of Bourdon doubles.
The Seminoles (29-7, 16-2 ACC) were led by Johnson, Boyd and Delph who each had two hits and a double. Mack Waugh was saddled with the loss after 2.2 innings of relief.
The Eagles (14-22, 5-13) are back in action Tuesday when they host Rhode Island at 3 p.m.