Sophomore pitcher Mike King is the king of Kings.
King outdueled Georgia Tech pitcher Jonathan King with a career-high eight strikeouts, completing the first complete game, one-hit shutout performance in 12 years as Boston College defeated 24th-ranked Georgia Tech, 1-0, on Friday at Shea Field.
It was the first game of its kind since May 4, 2003 when Chris Lambert defeated Pittsburgh, 5-0, in a seven-inning game as part of the old Big East. It was the first complete game shutout of any kind in five years, the last being Michael Dennhardt's against Maryland back in April, 2010.
King (1-2) didn't walk a single batter, striking out eight and completing the feat by only throwing 86 pitches. He faced the minimum 27 batters with the lone hit coming in the top of the first inning. Keenan Innis singled on the first pitch he saw to centerfield but was gunned down trying to steal second during the next batter. That brought him as close to perfection as possible without actually achieving a 27-up, 27-down performance.
Brandon Gold reached for Georgia Tech via a fielding error by shortstop Johnny Adams in the third, but he, too, was gunned down by catcher Nick Sciortino. Sciortino, following a pitch, fired a pick off throw down to first to catch Gold napping.
The Yellow Jackets did not have a base runner the rest of the game. King ended the game by retiring 19 in a row without letting anyone reach base.
At the dish, Blake Butera drove in the game's only run in the second inning. Johnny Adams hit an infield single to short, and Jake Palomaki bunted for a base hit with two down. Butera then singled to left to score Adams from second, giving the Eagles the only run they needed.
The win gave a much-needed boost to the Birds, who defeated a ranked team for the first time all season. But they remain a game back of Virginia Tech for the final ACC playoff spot after the Hokies' victory over North Carolina on Friday. They also remain tied with Virginia; the defending national runner-up defeated Miami yesterday to invoke no changes in the bubble on the ACC Tournament.
BC (19-18, 7-11) is now over .500 for the first time since they improved to 2-1 back on the season's first weekend. They have now won three in a row and four of their last five, all at home, and it was the second shutout over an opponent this season (2-0 over Dartmouth). The game itself lasted under two hours.
Georgia Tech fell to 24-13, 9-10 in conference play.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday at Shea Field when Boston College hosts its Fourth Annual ALS Awareness Game. The Eagles will honor Pete Frates and his family before the first pitch with a ceremony beginning at 1:15 PM. First pitch is slated for 1:30 PM.