BRIGHTON, Mass. – No. 18 Florida State (29-12, 11-9 ACC) completed a three-game sweep of Boston College (13-26, 5-16) Sunday afternoon at the Harrington Athletics Village. FSU’s 6-1 win was its fifth in a row overall and 33rd in 38 tries against the Eagles.
WP: Karp (7-3)
LP: Rapp (3-5)
SV: Scolaro (4)
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— FSU Baseball (@FSUBaseball) April 22, 2018
Junior pitcher Andrew Karp (7-3) made his first weekend start of the season, moving to the rotation after nine midweek starts. Pitching for the second time this week (5.0 innings Tuesday vs. Stetson), Karp allowed a run on six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. The Eagles stranded eight runners in Karp’s six innings.
Karp’s seven wins are the most in the ACC.
Steven Wells capped his stellar week 1-for-3 and reached base two times. In five games this week, Wells hit 14-for-17 and reached base via hit, walk or error in 22 of 24 plate appearances.
Reese Albert, Nick Derr (two) and Rhett Aplin also had hits in the game.
The Eagles struck first on a third inning single from second baseman Brian Dempsey. Boston College stranded multiple runners on base in three of the first four innings and Karp escaped a bases loaded jam in the fourth, forcing a fly out to Drew Mendoza at third base.
BC starter Brian Rapp (3-5) retired the first 11 hitters of the game before Aplin’s single in the fourth inning.
The Seminoles scored four runs on two hits in the fifth to take the lead for good. Mendoza walked and Wells singled before Albert singled to right field to tie the game at 1-1. Rapp balked to score Wells for a 2-1 FSU lead. Rapp tried to get the lead runner at the plate on Mike Salvatore’s sacrifice bunt, but Albert was safe for a 3-1 lead.
Aplin capped the fifth inning with his fourth sacrifice fly of the season.
Derr doubled off Rapp to start the seventh before the Eagles went to the bullpen for Thomas Lane. Derr moved to third on a passed ball by catcher Jake Goodreau and scored on Salvatore’s sacrifice fly.
Freshman Jonah Scolaro relieved Karp to start the seventh inning and earned his fourth save, pitching the final three innings. Scolaro struck out five straight hitters at one point and struck out the side in the eighth inning.
Albert was hit by a pitch in the top of the ninth and scored on Derr’s second double of the game to provide the final margin.
Scolaro forced three fly outs in the ninth inning to close the game.
After Reese Albert singled to tie the game in the fifth inning, Steven Wells scored on Brian Rapp’s balk to give FSU a 2-1 lead.
FSU’s win was head coach Mike Martin’s 1,973rd of his career. He needs just 3 more to become the winningest coach in college baseball history. He currently only trails the late Augie Garrido (1,975 wins) and is now 33-5 against Boston College.
Florida State heads to DeLand, Fla., for a Tuesday game against Stetson at 5:00 p.m. The game will stream live on ESPN3 and fans can listen to Eric Luallen on 106.1 FM in Tallahassee and nationwide through the FSU Gameday App.
Florida State swept the Hatters in Tallahassee April 18 and 19, winning 4-0 and allowing just one hit in game one and 18-10 with a season-high seven home runs in game two.
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