Compton's complete game shutout gives frist Noles win in ACC play
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Behind a complete game, two-hit shutout from starter Mike Compton, No. 19 Florida State (11-3, 1-0) rolled to a 7-0 victory against Boston College (5-7, 0-1) in the ACC opener for both teams Friday evening on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.
“If anybody deserves that opportunity and that accomplishment it's [Mike] Compton,” said coach Mike Martin. “He is one of the best students I have ever coached. He is a special young man.”
Compton (1-0) was in command all night long keeping the Eagle bats at-bay by working both sides of the plate effectively to pick-up his first victory of the season.
“I felt pretty good,” said Compton. “It was mainly a fastball, slider mix with a few change-ups mixed in there. Coach Bell did a great job of calling pitches. It was just fastball command, slider command, making sure I got ahead of hitters the best I could.”
The two hits given up by Compton both came in the third inning. After a single by Blake Butera in the third, Compton retired 13 consecutive BC hitters and 18 of the last 19 to earn his second career complete game shutout.
His first came almost one year ago as the redshirt junior right hander blanked Maryland 7-0 on March 9, 2014. Compton finished the outing with a season-high seven strikeouts.
“When you have an experienced guy on the mound like we had that there is no doubt it made the night more comfortable because he has pitched in every situation that you can pitch in,” added Martin.
“This is the second time that he has shut out a team in our league for nine innings. I am just very, very proud of him and the way we played tonight. That was a good start to a very difficult 29 games that we have to play in this league.”
“Everything [was working for him],” added Danny De La Calle on the performance of Compton. “The man pitched a great game today. All credit goes to him, he did a great job. The way he had command on the mound was fun to watch and fun to catch.”