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Nine-Run Ninth Propels Top-Ranked FSU Over BC

The Florida State Seminoles used two very different approaches in taking both games of a doubleheader with the Boston College Eagles today. In the first game, ‘Nole ace Luke Weaver threw a complete-game one-hit shutout, leading FSU to a 6-0 victory. BC responded in game two,  before the Seminoles exploded late for an 11-7 comeback win.

The Eagles got to Florida State starter Mike Compton early, bunching together singles amid faulty Seminole defense to notch a run in the bottom of the second and third innings. FSU scored a pair in the top of the third when Justin Gonzalez doubled in Josh Delph and Danny De La Calle, and after three, the game was tied, 2-2. But BC southpaw starter Andrew Chin silenced the ‘Nole bats thereafter, surrendering just those two runs over 7.1 innings of work.

Boston College chased Compton in the sixth while recapturing a lead of 4-2. Their bats stayed hot in the seventh, when they hung three more runs on ‘Nole reliever Billy Strode, making the score 7-2. Freshman Jim Voyles kept BC off the scoreboard in the eighth, leaving the Seminoles in a five-run hole with three outs left.

FSU first baseman John Nogowski started and effectively ended things in the top of the ninth, leading off with a single. He scored after Eagles’ reliever Jesse Adams issued back-to-back-to-back walks to Jose Brizuela, John Sansone, and Casey Smit, trimming the gap to 7-3. John Nicklas took the hill for Boston College and didn’t fair much better. A sacrifice fly from Gage West scored Brizuela and made it 7-4. De La Calle then doubled to right, knocking in Sansone and shrinking the margin to 7-5. Delph reloaded the bases by coaxing a walk, and Smit touched home when Gonzalez was hit by a pitch to leave BC clinging to a 7-6 lead. That advantage was erased when Brett Knief walked as well, pushing across Nick Graganella, who’d come on to run for De La Calle.

With the score tied 7-7, Nogowski returned to the dish and launched a grand slam over the right-field fence, clearing the bases and finishing off a nine-run ninth inning for the Seminoles. Reliever Gage Smith sealed the 11-7 win for the ‘Noles.

No. 1 Florida State improved its record to 21-5 and 8-2 in ACC play. The final game of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 1 pm.

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