No. 5 Florida State Takes Series With Doubleheader Sweep
May 9, 2010
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - No. 5 Florida State took both games of a Sunday doubleheader from the Boston College baseball team, 6-4 and 11-6, at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.
The Seminoles won the first game with two runs in the top of the ninth and led the entire way in game two.
Sherman Johnson led off with a single and he was moved up to second on a sac bunt. Consecutive doubles by Rafael Lopez and James Ramsey brought in two runs for the 6-4 win.
Lopez went 2-for-4 in the game with a solo homer and the game-winning double. He also scored twice. Tyler Holt also went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and Stuart Tapley added a solo shot. Ramsey had two hits as well.
Geoff Parker got the win on the mound after throwing 3.0 innings of relief and allowing one hit and walking three.
Melchionda led the Eagles at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI and scoring twice. Junior Garret Smith went 2-for-4 with a two-run double.
Junior Pat Dean tossed 7.0 innings and allowed four runs on six hits. He struck out nine and walked one. All four runs he gave up came on home runs.
Lopez opened the scoring in the top of the second with a solo home run to right on an 0-1 count.
BC responded immediately and took the lead with two runs in the bottom half of the second. Melchionda singled and classmate Andrew Lawrence was hit by a pitch to put the first two runners on base. Sophomore Brad Zapenas moved them up 90 feet with a sac bunt and then Smith took a hanging breaking ball to the gap in left for a two-run double to give BC the lead.
The Eagles added another run in the third. Spatola had the green light on a 3-0 pitch and snuck a double over the first base bag and Melchionda went the other way for a single on an 0-2 count to drive him in to make it 3-1.
Tyler Holt tied things up in the fifth with a two-run homer to center with two outs and then Stuart Tapley gave the Seminoles the lead with a solo shot in the sixth.
Melchionda tied the game back up in the bottom half of the sixth when he led off with an opposite field home run before FSU posted the two runs in the ninth.
BC had a chance to take the lead in the seventh when it loaded the bases with two outs, but a fly out ended the threat.
The Seminoles added five more runs in the fourth on the strength of three-straight homers to build a 7-0 lead. Jayce Boyd led off with an infield single and got to second when the throw went into the dugout. A sacrifice bunt moved him over to third and then Lopez brought him in with a sac fly to right. Holt tacked on two more runs with a homer following a Ramsey walk with two outs and then Cardullo came up next and hit a big fly of his own to make it 6-0. McGee continued the rally with the third home run in as many at-bats when he lifted the first pitch he saw over the wall in left-center.
Boston College got on the board with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Melchionda and freshman Matt Watson started the inning with consecutive singles to put runners on the corners and then senior Mike Sudol brought in the run with a sac fly to left field.
Florida State put up two more runs in the fifth to extend the lead to eight. Sherman Johnson drew a leadoff walk and with one out, Devon Travis singled to put runners on first and second. An error allowed a run to score and Ramsey brought in another with a sac fly.
Sudol provided two more runs for the Eagles in the sixth when he hammered a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right for a homer to make it 9-3. Melchionda led off the inning with a double on the first pitch.
Boston College continued its comeback attempt with three runs in the seventh to pull within three. Junior Matt Hamlet drew a leadoff walk then classmate Mickey Wiswall singled to put runners on the corners. Spatola brought in a run with an RBI single then a groundout to first put both runners in scoring position. Melchionda drove in another run with a single up the middle to cut the deficit to 9-5 and Sudol made it a three-run game with a groundout to the right side.
The Seminoles got two runs back in the eighth when Ramsey went the opposite way for a two-run homer to push their lead back to five runs.
Cardullo and McGee both had two hits and two RBI for the Seminoles (36-12, 16-8 ACC) while Ramsey drove in three runs.
Melchionda went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI for BC (27-22, 13-14) while Spatola went 3-for-5 and also had a double and an RBI. Sudol drove in four runs and Wiswall was 2-for-4 with a run.
The Eagles are back in action on Monday when they host No. 16 Connecticut in a non-conference game.