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Boston College Baseball Takes Two Of Three From Florida Gulf Coast

In the games that actually counted last weekend, the Boston College baseball team took two of three from Florida Gulf Coast to improve to 6-3 on the year.

In the first game of the series on Thursday, the Eagles earned a 3-0 victory. BC's pitching staff by committee allowed just six baserunners all day, retiring 14 straight FGCU Eagles from the second to the seventh. Freshman Nick Poore picked up his first collegiate win, pitching the fourth through six innings, striking out three and retiring all nine batters faced. Taylor Lasko (1.0 IP), Kyle Prohovich (2.0 IP), Steve Green (1.0 IP), John Gorman (1.0 IP) and Matt Brazis (1.0 IP) struck out a total of 12 batters and allowed just four hits and two walks on the night.

The BC bats got three runs on 12 hits. Senior 3B Spenser Payne went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Senior Anthony Melchionda also went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI and freshman Blake Butera was 3-for-4 with two doubles. Freshman Tyler Hinchliffe went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

On Friday, the Eagles offense exploded for 11 runs on 17 en route to a 11-8 victory. Sophomore RHP Eric Stevens (2-0) earned the victory, going five and allowing two hits, one unearned run, giving up four walks and recording four strikeouts. Brazis notched his third save of the year striking out two in the ninth to preserve the victory.

Junior Matt McGovern went 3-for-5 at the dish with three RBIs and two runs. Sophomore Tom Bourdon also registered three RBIs in the win.

After the Eagles Saturday night exhibition game with the Sox, BC fell to FGCU 8-5 in the series finale. BC was able to score three in the ninth but couldn't come all the way back from an 8-2 deficit. Sophomore righty Matt Alvarez took the loss, throwing 4.1 IP and giving up four hits, seven runs, five earned runs and walking five. DH Matt McGovern, CF Tom Bourdon and 1B/3B Spenser Payne all had two hits on the day, while McGovern (2 RBI) and LF Andrew Lawrence (1 RBI) accounted for the Eagles runs.

For more on the baseball team's weekend, check out the writeup over at the Heights Sports Blog.

Birdball is back in action tonight when they take on Florida International at 6 PM down in Miami. On Wednesday night, the Eagles take on Florida Atlantic before facing Miami for a three-game series in the ACC opener. Basically, the baseball team gets to spend all of Spring Break down in South Beach. Tough life.