Locke, Asselin Lead Baseball To Victory
April 28, 2005
Jason Delaney stroked a three-run single in the bottom of the fifth and starter Nick Asselin surrendered just three hits in six innings to lead Boston College to a 6-1 victory over Central Connecticut State on Thursday afternoon at Shea Field.
After BC's first two batters were retired in the fifth, first baseman Dave Preziosi started the two-out rally with a single up the middle and moved to second on a single to left by senior Drew Locke. Sophomore third baseman Jared McGuire drew a walk to load the bases and then Delaney, last week's Big East Player of the Week, dove a 3-2 fastball to left center to clear the bases and give the Eagles a 4-0 lead. Catcher Shawn McGill registered BC's fourth hit of the inning, scoring Delaney on a single up the middle.
The Eagles (28-14) got on the board in the bottom of the first, as McGuire singled in the hole at shortstop to score Locke, who had driven a one-out triple to right field.
CCSU (12-21) staged its biggest rally of the afternoon in the top of the seventh against junior Nate Jeanes, who replaced Asselin (2-3) at the start of the inning. Jeanes struggled to find the strike zone, walking the first two batters of the inning before Dan Tarnowski doubled to left and knocked in Jerome Schillaci to cut BC's lead to 5-1.
Sophomore Kevin Boggan replaced Jeanes on the mound, struck out the first batter he faced, and after walking Sean Salvatore to load the bases, retired the next two hitters to work out of the jam.
Locke led off the bottom of the seventh with a double to left and scored on McGuire's second RBI single of the day.
Boggan worked a scoreless eighth before giving way to shortstop Marco Albano, who shut the door in the ninth. Albano hasn't allowed a run in seven relief appearances this season.
After starting the season 0-3, Asselin has won his last two starts and has lowered his ERA to 3.57. The sophomore has allowed just one run and seven hits in his last 13.2 innings of work.
The Eagles will resume their conference schedule on Saturday when they host a doubleheader against Villanova at 12 p.m.