May 7, 2010

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior Robbie Anston recorded two home runs in a game for the first time in his career to lead the Boston College baseball team to a 10-7 win against No. 5 Florida State on Friday at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.

Anston led off the bottom of the first with a homer and then hit a three-run shot in the sixth to extend BC's lead to four runs. He walked twice in the game as well. Sophomore Brad Zapenas went 4-for-4 with an RBI double and two runs while classmate Anthony Melchionda was 2-for-4 with a two-run double and scored twice.

Sophomore Mike Dennhardt got the win for the Eagles (27-20, 13-12 ACC) after throwing 5.2 innings and allowing five runs on eight hits. After a shaky first inning when he gave up three runs with three hits and two walks, he only allowed four hits and one free pass in the next 4.2 innings.

Sophomore Matt Brazis picked up his seventh save of the season.

Florida State jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Tyler Holt led off the game with a walk and then Stephen Cardullo lined a homer over the wall in left to give Florida State a quick 2-0 advantage. The Seminoles then loaded the bases with one out and Devon Travis dropped an RBI single into center for the third run. Dennhardt got the next two batters on strikes to end the threat.

After Anston's solo home run in the bottom of the first, Boston College posted five runs in the fourth to take a three-run lead. Senior John Spatola drew a leadoff walk and then freshman Matt Watson singled to put runners on the corners. Melchionda then hit the gap in left for a bases-clearing double to tie the game. After the first out was recorded, Zapenas used an infield single to put runners on the corners. Junior Garret Smith singled up the middle for a run and the lead.

Anston walked to load the bases and junior Matt Hamlet did the same to force in a run to make it 5-3. Junior Mickey Wiswall drove in another run with a groundout to extend the lead to three.

In the sixth, Melchionda singled and with two outs, Zapenas hit the gap in left for a double that brought Melchionda all the way around to score to make it 7-3.

Florida State put up two runs in the sixth to cut the lead to 7-5. Sean Gilmartin led off with a double to the gap in right and he moved over to third on a groundout to the right side. Holt walked to put runners on the corners and Cardullo drove in a run with a groundout. Mike McGee used an RBI single to pull the Seminoles within two runs.

FSU added another run in the seventh to make it a one-run game. Gilmartin got on base with a walk with one out and then consecutive base hits with two outs brought him in to make it 7-6.

Anston provided breathing room when he went deep again in the bottom of the seventh to push the lead to four runs. Sophomore Andrew Lawrence and Zapenas used infield singles with one out to get on base. With two outs and Anston coming to the plate, FSU went to the pen to bring in its sixth pitcher of the game. Anston took the first pitch of the at-bat over the wall in right to extend the lead to 10-6.

Cardullo led off the top of the eighth and hit his second homer of the day to left-center to cut the lead to three runs, but the BC bullpen would hold the `Noles off from there.

Cardullo drove in four runs for Florida State (34-12, 14-8). McGee and Sherman Johnson both had a pair of hits and Johnson also walked three times.

Game two of the series is slated for Saturday at 1:30 p.m.