May 26, 2010
ACC Championship Site
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Boston College baseball team took a 4-3 lead with three runs in the top of the seventh, but surrendered three runs in the eighth and lost to No. 1 Virginia, 6-4, Wednesday afternoon at NewBridge Bank Park.
Junior Pat Dean started on the mound for the Eagles and was solid but did not get a decision. He allowed three runs on just two hits - both homers - and struck out six while walking three. After allowing his second homer in the third, Dean retired 14 of the next 15 batters. He tossed 112 pitches and 71 of them were strikes. The two hits he allowed were a career low in a start.
Sophomore Anthony Melchionda went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and scored twice. Senior John Spatola hit his 16th homer of the year, a two-run job that tied the game in the top of the seventh. Classmate Mike Sudol doubled and drove in two runs, including the go-ahead tally after Spatola's homer.
The Eagles (29-27) will look to bounce back on Thursday when they face No. 10 Miami at noon on NESN.
Dan Grovatt put the Cavaliers on top in the first inning with a two-run homer down the line in right. Phil Gosselin led off the inning with a walk.
BC got one of the runs back in the top of the second. Melchionda doubled down the first base line with one out and a balk moved him over to third. Sudol converted that into a run with a sac fly to left.
Gosselin made it a 3-1 game for Virginia when he lifted a pitch out of the park in left-center.
Boston College broke through in the top of the seventh with three runs to take a 4-3 lead. Junior Mickey Wiswall singled back up the middle on an 0-2 count and then Spatola turned on a 2-1 offering to tie the game. Melchionda hit his second double of the game on the next at-bat and then Sudol gave BC the lead with a double of his own to right.
The Cavaliers regained the lead in the bottom of the eighth with three runs. Stephen Bruno drew a leadoff walk and Keith Werman moved him into scoring position with a sac bunt. Gosselin singled through the left side to put runners on the corners and then Tyler Cannon tied the game with another single. A walk loaded the bases with one out and then Jarrett Parker hit a single up the middle for two more runs to give Virginia the win, 6-4.
The Eagles threatened in the top of the ninth but UVa closer Kevin Arico shut the door. Melchionda singled with one out and Sudol drew a walk to put the tying run on base. After a strikeout, a passed ball moved both of the runners into scoring position with two outs. Arico stranded the runners and ended the game with another strikeout.
Tyler Wilson got the win on the mound for the Cavaliers (46-10) after throwing 2.1 innings of relief and allowing just two hits. Gosselin went 2-for-2 at the plate with two walks, a homer and scored twice. Grovatt and Parker both drove in two runs.