Wiswall Leads Baseball Past No. 13 Georgia Tech, 7-3
May 21, 2009
DURHAM, N.C. - Sophomore Mickey Wiswall went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI to lead the Boston College baseball team to a 7-3 win against No. 13 Georgia Tech in the 2009 ACC Championship on Wednesday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Wiswall drove in the Eagles' first five runs of the day. He moved into a tie for second place for RBI in a single season at BC with 62, tied with Brian Macchi who did it in 2002. His 14 home runs this year are tied for third with Brian Durkin and junior Tony Sanchez who has the same number this season.
Sanchez broke the Boston College (32-24) single-season runs record in the game as he scored on Wiswall's first homer in the third inning. He broke the record of 60 set by Steve Langone and Sean McGowan back in 1999.
Junior Barry Butera went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and classmate Robbie Anston knocked a two-run double. Anston's 81 hits this year are two away from breaking the single-season record of 82 set by Jared McGuire in 2005.
Senior JB MacDonald picked up the win on the mound after throwing 5.0 innings and allowing three runs on five hits. All three of the runs he gave up came in the fifth inning. He cruised through the first four frames by retiring 12 of the first 14 batters he faced.
The BC bullpen kept Georgia Tech off the board for the final four innings. Sophomore Kevin Moran pitched 3.0 innings in relief and allowed two hits while fanning a pair. Junior Mike Belfiore retired the three batters he faced in the ninth, two by strikeout.
The Eagles will face No. 16 Miami in their final game of pool play on Friday at noon. That game will also be televised live by NESN.
BC came out and scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to take an early lead. Anston was beaned in the head by a curveball to leadoff the inning and then sophomore Matt Hamlet laid a bunt down that Jed Bradley couldn't handle off the mound to put the first two aboard. Sanchez forced a walk to load the bases and then Wiswall fought off a couple of pitches before hitting a single through the right side to put BC ahead, 2-0.
Wiswall added to the lead in the bottom of the third when he crushed the first pitch he saw about 10 rows deep in right-center for a two-run homer.
Georgia Tech got on the board in the top of the fifth with three runs to cut the lead to a single run. Chase Burnette led off and drove a 1-1 pitch the opposite way and over The Blue Monster for a solo home run.
Jason Haniger kept the momentum going with a double to right field on the next pitch and Matt Skole singled to center to put runners on the corners. Chris House got another run home with a fielder's choice to cut the deficit in half, 4-2.
Jason Garofalo then singled to put runners on the corners again with one out and Jeff Rowland got Tech's third run home with a sac fly to deep left.
Wiswall got a run back in the bottom half of the frame with his second home run of the day, an opposite field shot on a 1-1 count over the monster in left to make it 5-3 BC.
The Eagles put two more on the board in the sixth with two outs in the inning to put the game out of reach. Redshirt freshman Andrew Lawrence and sophomore Mike Sudol both walked after the first two batters were retired and the Eagles made Georgia Tech pay. The top of the order came to the plate and Anston went the other way with a 2-2 pitch, sneaking it over the third base bag for a double and two more runs to push the lead to 7-3.
House went 2-for-3 for Georgia Tech (34-17-1) with an RBI and a run. Bradley was saddled with the loss after working 4.0 inning and allowing four runs on five hits.