April 11, 2008
Chestnut Hill, Mass. – Top-ranked Florida State (30-3, 16-1) got a solo home run off the bat of Jack Rye in the top of the eighth to give the Seminoles a 4-3 victory over Boston College (18-16, 5-12) in game two of a doubleheader at Commander Shea Field. Freshman Geoff Parker recorded his third win of the season, while Ryan Strauss pitched the ninth for his second save of the day. The victory was the eighth straight for Florida State while it pushed the Seminoles to 10-0 in one-run games.
In his third career start, Parker pitched a career-high eight innings to run his record to 3-1 on the year. The sophomore right hander allowed three runs on eight hits as he struck out six and walked just one.
Strauss came on in the ninth for the second time on Friday to pick-up his second save of the day. The senior right hander got the Eagles in order in the ninth as he did not allow a run or hit in any one of his two appearances in the doubleheader.
The doubleheader sweep gives the Seminoles their sixth ACC series win of the season and 16th series win in the last 17 dating back to final series of the 2006 season. The win also moved FSU to 8-0 all-time against Boston College.
Boston College grabbed an early lead in game two of the double dip on a two-out RBI single by Mickey Wiswall in the bottom of the first. Michael Belfiore and Tony Sanchez got things started for the Eagles registering back-to-back singles. Two batters later, Wiswall connected on a 1-1 offering from Parker scoring Belfiore from second for a 1-0 BC lead.
Florida State answered right back to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the second. Delmonico singled to center and came around to score on a triple to right field by Tommy Oravetz to tie the game at one. The triple was the third of the season for Oravetz. Freshman Stuart Tapley followed with an RBI single to right to give the Seminoles their first lead in game two. The inning continued on a Holt single to second as he extended his streak of reaching base safely to 33 games. After a walk to Jason Stidham loaded the bases, the Eagles escaped without further damage as BC starter Dan Houston got Buster Posey to fly out to center to end the inning.
The Eagles recaptured the lead in the fourth with two more runs off Parker to take a 3-2 lead. Wiswall led off the inning with a double to left and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Garret Smith. John Spatola tied the game at two as he laced his second triple of the season down the line in right scoring Wiswall. Sam Shaughnessy would give the Eagles their second lead of the game lofting a sacrifice fly to right plating Spatola.
The lead was short lived for the Eagles as FSU tied the game at three on an RBI single by Rye. With two outs in the fifth, Buster Posey found a hole through the left side of the infield for his first hit of the game. He would move to second on a wild pitch by Houston and come around to score on Rye’s RBI single to left.
FSU went back on top in the eighth on a solo shot by Rye. The senior right fielder took a 0-1 offering from BC reliever Chris Kowalski (0-2) and deposited the ball over the fence in right for his third home run of the season.
The Seminoles loaded the bases in the top of the ninth but were unable to add to their lead as Belfiore got Rye to fly out to left to end the inning. Stephan Cardullo laced a one-out double to right center followed by a Holt single to left moving Cardullo to third. Holt advanced to second on the play as the throw from left field went to the plate. With first base open, the Eagles intentionally walked Posey loading the bases for Rye. BC went to the bullpen and brought on Belfiore to replace Nick Asselin who induced a fly out to close out the Seminole ninth.
Florida State and Boston College will return to the diamond for game three of the series on Saturday, April 12. The two schools will make every effort to get the third game of the series in despite rain threatening to hit the Boston area tomorrow. Fans can catch all the action over the internet as gametracker will be available for the contest. The game can also be heard live over the radio on 100.7 FM with Tom Block providing all the play-by-play action.