May 16, 2010
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior John Spatola hit a pair of homers and drove in six runs to lead the Boston College baseball team to a 10-4 win against Dartmouth Sunday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.
It was Spatola's second multi-home run game of the season with the other one coming against Missouri on February 28. He finished the game 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Spatola has hit 14 home runs this season which is the fourth most in a single season at Boston College.
The top four batters in the Eagles' order went a combined 10-for-19 with nine runs scored and seven RBI. Senior Robbie Anston went 2-for-5 with a run, junior Matt Hamlet was also 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run and junior Mickey Wiswall went 3-for-4 and scored three times.
Wiswall's three hits gives him 201 in his career which is the seventh-most all-time. He is also just the seventh player in BC history to reach the 200-hit mark.
Sophomore Taylor Lasko got the win and improved to 3-1 on the season, throwing 6.0 innings and allowing four runs on six hits. He struck out four and didn't issue a walk. Classmate Matt Brazis got his eighth save of the season when he entered in the eighth with the bases loaded in a four-run game.
BC (28-23) got on top of the Big Green early with three runs in the bottom of the first. Hamlet doubled to the gap in left then Spatola brought him in with an RBI single with two outs. Freshman Matt Watson walked to keep the inning going and sophomore Anthony Melchionda brought both runners in with a double that the right fielder couldn't get to in time.
Dartmouth got one of the runs back in the top of the second. Jason Brooks led off with a single and then Ennis Coble doubled inside the line in left to put two runners in scoring position. Jake Carlson brought the run in with a groundout to cut the lead to 3-1.
The Eagles put up four more runs in the second to build a six-run lead. Anston singled with one out and then stole second before Hamlet brought him in with an RBI single on a 2-2 count. Wiswall singled through the right side to put runners on first and second before Spatola crushed a 3-1 offering over the wall in right to make it 7-1.
The Big Green responded with a three-run homer of its own in the top of the third from Chris O'Dowd. He turned on a 1-2 pitch to cut the lead to 7-4.
Boston College tacked on another run in the sixth to push the lead to four. Wiswall led off with a single and Watson was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. With two outs, sophomore Andrew Lawrence went the other way for an RBI single to make it 8-4.
Dartmouth was able to load the bases in the top of the eighth with two outs but couldn't get any runs out of it. Sam Bean hit a leadoff double and then a walk put two men on base. After a pop out and a strikeout, another walk loaded the bases. Brazis came in from the bullpen and got David Turnbull swinging to end the threat.
Spatola hit his second homer of the day in the bottom half of the eighth after Wiswall walked on four pitches to push the lead to 10-4.
Bean, O'Dowd and Jeff Onstott each had two hits for Dartmouth (26-17).
The Eagles are back in action on Tuesday when they host St. John's at 3 p.m.