Baseball Caps Off 2-1 ACC Championship With 10-1 Win vs. No. 16 Miami
May 22, 2009
DURHAM, N.C. - Sophomore Pat Dean was nearly untouchable on the mound through 7.0 innings as he led the Boston College baseball team to its second win against a top-20 opponent in as many days. This time it was against No. 16 Miami, 10-1, on Friday in the 2009 ACC Championship.
The Eagles (33-24) finished their first-ever ACC Championship bid with a 2-1 record to finish second in its division. Florida State will play in the title game from Division A due to its win against BC on Wednesday. Boston College finished its stint at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in impressive fashion and bolstered its NCAA Championship resume by beating No. 13 Georgia Tech on Thursday, 7-3, and then dominating the Hurricanes today.
Boston College will now wait until Monday at 12:30 p.m. to find out its NCAA Regional fate. The 2009 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship 64-team field, with first-round regional pairings and site assignments, will be revealed in a live, half-hour telecast on ESPN at that time.
Dean picked up his second win against Miami this month. In today's victory, he allowed one run in his final inning, scattered eight hits and fanned five while not issuing a walk. In his two starts against the `Canes in May, he has combined for 14.0 innings, 12 hits, one run, 12 strikeouts and just one walk.
Eight different Eagles recorded hits on the day. Junior Tony Sanchez went 2-for-5 with a double and a run while sophomore Matt Hamlet also went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run. Junior Barry Butera went 3-for-5 with two runs scored while senior Harry Darling and junior Robbie Anston both had a hit, a run and two RBI.
Anston got his hit in the second inning and with his two-RBI single, he tied the Boston College single-season hits record. Anston has knocked 82 hits this year which is tied with Jared McGuire who did it in 2005.
BC struck first in the top of the second with four runs thanks to some gritty at-bats. Junior Mike Belfiore led off with a walk and Butera singled to left to put men on first and second. Darling then fought off a few pitches and loaded the bases with nobody out. After a strikeout, Iden Nazario uncorked a wild pitch that Belfiore scored on to put BC on the board first, 1-0.
Anston stepped to the plate with two outs and came up with a clutch hit, sending a 1-2 pitch back up the middle for a two-RBI single that put the Eagles ahead, 3-0. Anston stole second to get himself into scoring position and then Hamlet proved just as tough to retire, fouling off five pitches in a full count before singling up the middle for an RBI single and the fourth run.
Miami had a chance to score in the bottom of the fourth but couldn't push a run across. Yasmani Grandal got himself in scoring position with two outs on an infield single and a throwing error and then Chris Hermann singled to center but Grandal had to hold up at third base. Dean got out of trouble when he blew a 91 MPH fastball past a swinging Harold Martinez.
The offense rewarded Dean with three more runs in the top of the fifth to put BC up seven runs. Hamlet and Sanchez both singled up the middle to start the inning and sophomore Mickey Wiswall walked to load the bases with nobody out. Belfiore walked on five pitches to force a run home and then Darling brought two runs home with a single up the middle to make it 7-0 Eagles.
BC tacked on three more runs in the top of seventh to push the lead to 10-0. Belfiore one-hopped the wall in right for a double to start the frame and then Butera singled to put runners on the corners with nobody down. A wild pitch moved the runners up 90 feet which scored Belfiore and then redshirt freshman Andrew Lawrence doubled to the gap in left for another run to extend the lead to nine runs.
Sophomore Mike Sudol plated BC's 10th run with a single up the middle.
Miami finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single from Scott Lawson after Dave DiNatale doubled to leadoff the inning.
Ted Blackman went 3-for-4 for Miami (36-20) with a double while Lawson and Chris Hermann both had a pair of hits.