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Baseball Takes One Game Against No.18 FSU

BC Birdball won the last game of their weekend series against Florida State University after two straight losses. 

The Eagles came into the series on a three-game losing streak, and the first two games in the series were definitive wins for the Seminoles. They lost 10-2 and 5-1 on Friday and Saturday, and came out with a 5-3 win on Sunday. 

During the third game, the Eagles secured the win after two long weather delays that made the game over five and a half hours longer than originally scheduled. 

The first game was a bruising 10-2 loss for the Eagles, especially offensively. They couldn’t get their bats going, and tied their season record for the most strikeouts in a single game: 14. 

FSU’s catcher, Matheu Nelson, hit a grand slam in the third to open the scoreboard, which was quickly followed by a leadoff home-run in the fourth by shortstop Nander De Sandas, making the score 5-0. BC answered with two runs in the fifth inning, scored by Chris Galland and Sal Frelick. They capitalized on an error and a sacrifice fly to make the score 5-2. 

It stayed a relatively tight game until the seventh inning, when FSU added four more runs to the scoreboard. The Seminoles ended the inning with another grand slam, this time hit to right field by Tyler Martin. 

BC couldn’t recover from the 9-2 deficit, and FSU had one more run in the bottom of the eighth to make the score 10-2. In the first game alone, the Eagles went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, in which nine of those opportunities came in the first five innings of the game.

The Eagles started the second game of the series stronger, but still struggled to drive home players in scoring position. Right-hander Emmet Sheehan went through the entire FSU order with five strikeouts and no hits or walks. 

The Eagles were also the first to score, unlike the day before. In the first inning, Jack Cunningham scored on a passed ball, making the score 1-0 on the unearned run. 

The score stayed that way until FSU’s Matheu Nelson hit his second home run of the series, driving in Logan Lacey and Tyler Martin, both of whom were walked. Tyler Martin had an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and Nelson had another RBI when he flew out to center field, driving home Jackson Greene in the seventh. The Eagles were unable to score after the first inning, and ended the game with a 5-1 loss. 

On Sunday, the Eagles bounced back from the two losses to salvage a 5-3 win against the Seminoles. BC pitching stepped up and allowed only four hits the entire game, which matched their season low of hits allowed. 

The Eagles were the first to score, putting two on the board in the third inning by capitalizing on FSU’s fielding errors and a fielder’s choice. Dante Baldelli and Sal Frelick crossed the plate to make the score 2-0. 

The Seminoles answered with a home run by Tyler Martin in the fourth inning, tying the score at 2-2. BC’s Frelick scored the go-ahead run after he doubled with two outs in the top of the fifth. 

The bottom of the fifth was an unnerving time for the Eagles who clung on to a one-run lead. Pitcher Alex Stiegler walked the first two Seminoles and had a wild pitch that put two runners in scoring position. Joey Walsh came in from the dugout, and intentionally loaded the bases. He forced FSU’s Tyler Martin to groundout to end the inning. 

After an hour-long rain delay, the Eagles jumped back into the game. First baseman Jack Cunningham restarted the game with a leadoff-single and Dante Baldelli sent him home with a sacrifice fly. 

FSU answered with a single run in the seventh; Nelson added another RBI to his successful offense in the series. The seventh ended with a 4-3 score in favor of BC. 

Lucas Stalman secured the Eagles win with a home run to right field in the eighth, making the final score 5-3. 

With this series, BC’s record moves to 15-18 (5-16 in conference). The Eagles hope to ride the momentum of the win to extend their streak on Wednesday, April 21, when they play the University of Rhode Island at home.

Looking ahead, they have some big competition next weekend against No 6. Notre Dame, so a two-game win streak could help them fight off the Irish. 

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