Baseball Completes Sweep Of Wake Forest With 12-7 Win
April 18, 2010
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Seven different players drove in runs and senior Robbie Anston hit three of the Eagles' 11 extra base hits as the Boston College baseball team beat Wake Forest, 12-7, Sunday to complete the weekend sweep at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.
Anston went 4-for-5 for BC (19-17, 9-9 ACC) with two doubles, a triple, two RBI and a run. He was a home run shy of the cycle. Senior John Spatola hit a pair of triples and drove in three runs. Sophomore Brad Zapenas went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three runs. Junior Mickey Wiswall was 3-for-4 with his 11th homer of the year, a double and three runs and freshman Matt Watson was 2-for-2 with a triple and a pair of RBI.
Junior John Leonard went 5.1 innings on the mound and picked up his second win of the year. He allowed two runs - one earned - on four hits. He struck out four and walked a pair. Sophomore Taylor Lasko earned the first save of his career, pitching the last 3.0 innings and allowing one run on two hits.
Wake Forest scored a run in the top of the second to get ahead early. Pat Blair doubled over the left fielder with one out and then he stole third. The throw got past the third baseman, though, which allowed Blair to score.
The Eagles responded by putting five runs on the board in the bottom half to take a four-run lead. Watson singled and moved into scoring position with a sac bunt from sophomore Anthony Melchionda. Senior Mike Sudol then went the opposite way for a double over the left fielder to score Watson and tie the game. Zapenas got on when the shortstop bobbled a ground ball to put runners on the corners and then a run scored on a fielder's choice when the third baseman's throw home was in the dirt.
Anston then ripped a triple down the line in right for two more runs to make it 4-1 and junior Matt Hamlet got a fly ball deep enough in right to score him on a sac fly.
BC added to that lead with another run in the third. Spatola took the first pitch of the inning and pulled it down the line in right for a triple and then Watson drove him in with a sac fly to left.
Wake got one of the runs back in the top of the fourth when Blair and Ryan Lloyd hit consecutive doubles with two outs.
BC pushed the lead to 7-2 in the fifth when Watson hit an RBI triple to center to score Wiswall who had hit a leadoff single.
The Deacons' offense came alive in the sixth with four runs to make it a one-run game. With one out and the bases loaded, Matt Conway took the first pitch he saw down the line in left for a two-run double and then Shake Kroker brought in a run with a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 7-5. Mark Rhine added a two-out RBI single to pull the Deacons within a run.
Boston College pulled away with three runs in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a clutch two-out hit from Spatola. Zapenas led off and one-hopped the wall in center for a double and junior Garret Smith moved him over 90 feet with a sac bunt. Hamlet drew a two-out walk and Wiswall was hit in the hands to load the bases and bring Spatola to the plate. He wasted no time, pulling the first pitch he saw down the first base line for a bases-clearing triple to extend the BC lead to 10-6.
Wake added a run in the seventh with a Williamson sacrifice fly, but Lasko shut the Deacs down from there.
BC added an insurance run in both the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, Zapenas doubled to the gap in left and then Smith hit a fly ball to the gap in right that the right fielder made a nice diving catch on. Zapenas tagged up and never slowed down as he rounded third and scored on the play.
Wiswall led off the eighth with a line-drive solo home run on a 1-1 count.
Blair went 2-for-3 for Wake Forest (10-28, 2-16) with two doubles and three runs scored. Conway was 2-for-4 with that two-run double.
BC is off until Wednesday when it will play Northeastern in the Beanpot Championship game, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton.