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Baseball Takes Game One Over No. 18 NC State, 11-10

Senior Spenser Payne

Senior Spenser Payne

April 20, 2012

Final Stats

Raleigh, N.C. - The Boston College baseball team upset 18th-ranked NC State in an 11-10 victory in front of 1,320 fans at Doak Field at Dail Park on Friday night in a game that lasted just over four hours.

The Eagles (15-23, 6-13 ACC) came back three times and preserved a one-run lead in the ninth to take the game-one win over the Wolfpack (24-12, 11-8 ACC). It marked the seventh win for BC over a ranked team this season.

Senior Anthony Melchionda went 3-for-4 with two runs while classmate Spenser Payne was 2-for-2 with two runs. Junior Matt McGovern drove in three runs and freshman Travis Ferrick tallied two RBIs.

Senior right-hand reliever Matt Brazis (1-0) recorded his first win of the season, pitching 0.2 innings and allowing two runs, two hits, one walk and he struck out one. Freshman righty John Gorman tallied his second save, getting the last out of the game. Junior starter right-hander Taylor Lasko (0-3) went 5.1 innings, allowed seven hits, three runs and three walks, while striking out a season-high four.

NC State's reliever RHP Vance Williams (1-2) went 2.1 innings, gave up two hits, three runs, two walks and struck out four. Starter RHP Ethan Ogburn pitched 4.1 innings, allowed three hits, three runs - two earned - two walks and struck out three.

After three-and-a-half scoreless innings, the Wolfpack was the first to get on the board, tallying a run with two outs. Andrew Ciencin doubled to center and Jake Fincher drove him in with a single to left.

The Eagles took the lead in the fifth, scoring three runs on two hits. Melchionda led off with a double off the centerfield wall and junior Rob Moir followed with a swinging strikeout, but was able to reach first on a passed ball. Melchionda advanced to third on same play. Payne drew a walk to load the bases and junior Matt Paré's patience at the plate paid off as he brought a run in on another walk. With the bases loaded and the score tied, Ferrick doubled to left to plate Moir and Payne and give BC a 3-1 lead.

The Wolfpack tied the game in the same inning as Ryan Matthews belted one over the left-field fence with one on and two outs.

BC regained the lead in the sixth, scoring three. Melchionda led off with a double for the second time and Moir was hit by a pitch to put two on. Senior Marc Perdios extended his hit streak to a career-long six games with a double, scoring Melchionda. Moir crossed the plate on a wild pitch to put the Eagles up by two. Perdios moved up on the wild pitch and scored on a passed ball to give the Maroon and Gold a 6-3 lead.

NC State scored four in the seventh to go back ahead. Chris Diaz led off with a double and scored on a throwing error. Danny Canela reached second on the error, moved to third on a wild pitch and Matthews plated him on a groundout. A single, double and intentional walk loaded the bases for the Pack and Brazis came in to pitch. Fincher hit a sac fly to center to score the tying run and NC State took a 7-6 lead on an errant throw.

For the third time in the game, the Eagles took back the lead, scoring five in the eighth. Melchionda recorded his third lead-off hit with a single up the middle and stole second to move into scoring position. With one out, Perdios walked and Payne singled to load the bases. Sophomore John Hennessy came in to pinch run for Melchionda and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at seven. With the runners on second and third, Paré drew an intentional walk to reload the bases and with two outs on a full count, McGovern drilled one down the right-field line to score three Eagles and give BC a three-run lead. Sophomore Blake Butera plated McGovern with a double to center to give Boston College an 11-7 lead.

The Pack scored two in the bottom of the eighth and one in the ninth to make the game close. Diaz doubled to score Trea Turner, who had singled and stole second and then came home on a wild pitch. Senior right-handed reliever Kyle Prohovich entered the game with no outs and got the first two on Ks. He retired all the batters he faced as he forced a fly ball to end the eighth. In the ninth, Fincher tallied a one-out infield single and moved to third on another base hit. He scored to make it a one-run game on a double down the line by Turner. After an intentional walk to load the bases, freshman lefty Tyler Hinchliffe came in and forced a popup for the second out. Gorman finished the game with a fly out.

The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, April 21 beginning at 1 p.m. to wrap up the three-game series.

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