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Tyler Horan (BC High) Named Cape League’s John J. Claffey Top New England Prospect Award Winner

Tyler Horan has swung a hot bat for the Wareham Gatemen this summer (Brendan Hall/ESPNBoston.com Photo).

WAREHAM, Mass. — Wareham Gatemen slugger Tyler Horan (Virginia Tech) earned the 2012 John J. Claffey Top New England Prospect Award for his tremendous accomplishments at the plate and on the field.

The Middleboro, Mass., native hit 16 home runs in the Cape League regular season, tying the wood bat home run record, set in 1988 by Dave Staton of Brewster. The modern day record of 22 round-trippers was set by Corey Snyder of Harwich using aluminum bats in 1983.

In addition to home runs, the 6’1, 225-pound Horan notched 39 RBI, ranked second in the league. Horan’s .342 batting average fifth best in the league. In 151 at bats, Horan compiled 51 hits; 23 of those were for extra bases.

Horan was selected to the 2012 Cape League All Star squad for the Western Division where he started in left field. During his sophomore year with the Hokies, Horan played in 37 games, batting .289 with nine home runs.

Horan is a product of Boston College High School, where helped lead the Eagles to back-to-back State Championships. The Boston Globe named the slugger to the Massachusetts All State Team, and the Boston Herald named him the Massachusetts Sectional MVP. In addition to baseball, Horan was also an accomplished football player.


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Boston College 14, Duke 2: Eagles Bust Out Bats, Strong Arms in Impressive Senior Day Showing

Anthony Melchionda's three-run double in the fifth inning broke the game open for BC to take the season-closing win.

by Joshua Kummins

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – With nothing but pride to play for on Saturday at Shea Field, the Boston College Eagles closed the season in grand fashion by breaking out the bats to the tune of 14 hits in an outstanding 14-2 victory over the Duke Blue Devils.

BC breaks a three-game losing streak with the season-closing win and improves its final record to 22-33 and 10-20 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Duke ends the season as losers in five of the final seven games, finishing with a 21-34 overall mark.

In the final games of their careers, BC’s seven seniors combined for seven RBI and nine pitching strikeouts. However, the star of the day was sophomore Tom Bourdon, who finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI.

Senior Anthony Melchionda finished his career with a bang, going 2-for-4 with three RBI. With that performance, he brought his career total to 205 hits, tied for sixth with Michael Martin ’94. He also ended the game tied for ninth in the career record books with 117 RBI.

With one out in the first, Duke scored its only two runs of the game to take a 2-0 advantage against Eagles senior Kyle Prohovich. Junior DH Jeff Kremer singled and senior center fielder Will Piwnica-Worms walked to put two on base. Kremer then scored on a fielding error by Bourdon in center field and Piwnica-Worms came home on a wild pitch.

Prohovich, a Weston, Mass. native, settled down en route to his second win of the season, allowing just three hits, two wins, and two walks over five innings.

It was all Eagles, all the time from that point forward as BC tacked on 14 unanswered scores to cruise to the victory. Bourdon drove home the first run of the game in the third as he lined a base hit into left field and first baseman Spenser Payne tied the game in the next frame with a sacrifice fly.

BC broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning, including a bases-clearing double to the base of the left field wall from Melchionda. The Eagles loaded the bases as senior Marc Perdios doubled, Blake Butera walked and Bourdon singled.

Melchionda came in from second after senior Andrew Lawrence made it a five-run game with a towering two-run blast to right field off Devils freshman Nick Piscotty. The longball was the third of the season for the Richmond, Va. native, who was one of seven seniors honored in a pre-game ceremony.

The Eagles added four runs on four hits in the sixth inning against Duke’s Sarkis Ohanian, including Bourdon’s team-leading tenth home run of the season – a three-run shot to left-center field. Before the Simsbury, Conn. native’s blast, Perdios lined a double to left that scored junior catcher Matt Pare.

In the ninth, Bourdon singled and Melchionda walked to set up Moir’s first home run of the season – a no-doubt shot over right field to result in the final score.

Following Prohovich, seniors Nate Bayuk and Matt Brazis allowed just one hit and struck out five over four scoreless innings. Brazis, a Tampa, Fla. native, retired the Devils 1-2-3 in a non-save situation to earn the victory and reach double-digit wins in the ACC for just the fourth time since joining in 2006.

Huber suffered his sixth loss in ten decisions as he allowed eight hits and seven runs in just five innings. Freshman Andrew Istler was the lone Duke pitcher to throw a scoreless outing, tossing three straight outs in the eighth.

With his four-hit outing, Bourdon finished with 79 on the season to tie for fourth on the all-time, single-season list with Tony Sanchez ’09. Also of note for the Eagles, Lawrence tallied a triple and the homer to close his career with a seven-game hitting streak, tying his career-high.

The offensive portion of the senior class, which consists of Perdios, Melchionda, Lawrence, and Payne, drove in half of the Eagles’ 14 runs while Prohovich, Bayuk and Brazis struck out nine Blue Devil batters on the afternoon.

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Florida State 6, Boston College 3: ‘Noles Capture ACC Series Victory in Middle Game on Chestnut Hill

FSU's Hunter Scantling earned his fourth victory of the season as he pitched 4.1 innings of solid relief on Saturday.

by Joshua Kummins

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – In the middle game of a weekend Atlantic Coast Conference series, the top-ranked Florida State Seminoles picked up right where they left off on Saturday afternoon as they upended the Boston College Eagles by a 6-3 count at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.

With the win, the ‘Noles improve to an ACC-best 29-6 on the season and 16-1 in conference play as the visitors captured a conference series for the sixth time this year.

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Swampscott, Mass. native and junior Hunter Gordon took the ball for the Eagles and struggled out of the gate, allowing FSU to score in each of the first three innings to take a commanding 5-0 lead.

The offensive surge early on was thanks in large part to the ACC’s second-leading hitter on the season in first baseman Jayce Boyd, who is no stranger to the New England area after his two summers with the Orleans Firebirds in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League. The Cantonment, Fla. native went 2-for-5 in the series opener as the ‘Noles won on Friday by a 6-5 score.

After a leadoff walk and then a single off the bat of second baseman Devon Travis, FSU took the lead two batters later in the first inning as Boyd lined a one-out, two-RBI double to deep center field for the 2-0 edge.

The ‘Noles tacked on a pair more in the second on RBI singles from designated hitter Josh Delph and Travis, doubling the count to 4-0.

Gordon retired the first two batters quickly in the third frame but allowed a first-pitch double down the line from left fielder Jose Brizuela and the RBI hit from right fielder Seth Miller. Miller laced the ball into the outfield but Mark Perdios came up throwing to gun him out at second base, trying to stretch the play into a double.

The home team broke through with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning against unbeaten rookie starter Mike Compton as the left fielder Perdios singled, stole second and scored on second baseman Blake Butera’s two-run single to left field with a full count.

Head coach Mike Martin booted Compton after just 2.1 frames and 11 batters, allowing two hits and two runs over 41 pitches.

Senior “big man” Hunter Scantling came in and quieted the Eagle bats over 4.1 innings – to the tune of just four hits and a run with three strikeouts. The lone run he allowed came in the seventh inning as right fielder Matt McGovern grounded a single through the left side for an RBI to close the game’s scoring.

Before the scorebook closed completely, FSU tacked on insurance in the fifth inning against Gordon as it took advantage of two errors to plate center fielder James Ramsey on Brizuela’s one-out RBI sacrifice bunt.

Gordon suffered the loss and fell to 1-4 on the season, allowing eight hits and four earned runs over five innings. Following his departure, the Eagle bullpen tandem of rookies Geoff Murphy and Tyler Hinchliffe surrendered just three hits while striking out two over the final four frames.

Scantling broke an eight-game stretch of no-decisions with his fourth victory of the season to no defeats. Junior Robert Benincasa sat down the Eagles 1-2-3 in the ninth to earn his ACC-best 10th save of the season, coming just a day after he earned the victory.

FSU will look to lock down the series sweep of Boston College for the fifth time on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Junior Taylor Lasko looks for his first victory of the season for BC as he opposes 5-1 sophomore Peter Miller of the Seminoles, who is in search of his third win in a row.

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Georgia Tech 2, Boston College 1: Yellow Jackets Salvage Series Finale in Doubleheader Nightcap

Pirates draft choice Dusty Isaacs earned the victory for Georgia Tech, salvaging the third game at BC.

by Joshua Kummins

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – After being swept at the hands of the now-No. 14 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Atlanta last season, the host Boston College looked to make it a clean weekend sweep in the second game of Saturday’s Atlantic Coast Conference doubleheader at Commander Shea Field, but the visitors had other plans.

Two runs in the opening half-inning held up for Tech as it scored a 2-1 win to break a three-game losing streak, improving to 15-9 overall and 4-5 in the ACC. The Jackets captured their first win on the road at Chestnut Hill since taking two out of three games in 2008, but dropped the ACC season set from BC for the first time since its first season in the conference in 2006.

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Before this weekend’s series, the Jackets were 8-0 when scoring first but the Eagles were able to take the series despite allowing Georgia Tech to crack the run column first in each contest.

The visitors jumped off to a fast start as left fielder Evan Martin doubled off the left field wall and center fielder Brandon Thomas walked. Eagles junior starter Taylor Lasko loaded the bases quickly and Tech scored first.

Two batters later, designated hitter Jake Davies grounded into a double play and first baseman Daniel Palka knocked a two-out base hit to make it 2-0. Both Davies and Palka have New England ties as they spent the 2011 summer season in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League.

Lasko settled back in nicely and finished his outing after four innings, allowing just four hits, two earned runs and one walk. He eventually suffered the loss and fell to 0-2 on the season.

Tech, which had lost the first two games of the weekend series, started sophomore Dusty Isaacs on the mound with hopes to salvage one. In the opening game of Saturday’s twinbill, Eagles rookie second baseman Blake Butera hit a walk-off single with the bases loaded to lift BC 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth.

Isaacs finally allowed the Eagles to cut the lead in half as sophomore and Andover, Mass. native John Hennessy lined a single into the outfield to score junior Rob Moir.

In the fifth inning, BC left the bases loaded against Isaacs – a late draft selection by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2010 – despite not even a base hit in the frame, but senior Bay State native Marc Perdios grounded into an inning-ending fielder’s choice.

Isaacs’ near-scare ended his outing and made way for rookie Cole Pitts, who pitched four scoreless innings of four-hit ball for his first save as a Yellow Jacket. The Moultrie, Ga. native is a strong 6’6” freshman that has spent the majority of his first season in the bullpen but can make a spot mid-week start if head coach Danny Hall needs him.

Against senior Kyle Prohovich, the Jackets had a strong opportunity to push across insurance but he held them off the scoreboard in the eighth inning, despite walking Thomas and second baseman Sam Dove before forcing Palka to foul out to right field to close the threat.

In the ninth, senior shortstop Anthony Melchionda lined a single straight through the infield but Pitts retired left fielder Andrew Lawrence was retired on a groundout back to the mound.

Isaacs improved to 4-1 on the season as he allowed just a run on three hits and a whopping six walks over five frames.

Melchionda, a Braintree, Mass. native, combined to finish the doubleheader 3-for-6 with an RBI in the third inning of the opener. Classmate Spenser Payne finished 2-for-4.

The Eagles fell to 9-13 on the season and 2-7 in the ACC with the loss. BC flies across town on Tuesday afternoon when it takes on Northeastern at Friedman Diamond. Georgia Tech returns to Atlanta on Tuesday for a two-game, mid-week series against Peach State rival Georgia Southern.

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Boston College Baseball Pulls Opening Day Upset of No. 17 Virginia

Senior shortstop Anthony Melchionda went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Eagles upset nationally-ranked ACC foe Virginia to open their season today.

CONWAY, S.C. — The Boston College baseball team earned an opening-day victory, beating 17th-ranked Virginia, 5-3, at the Caravelle Resort Tournament hosted by Coastal Carolina. Sophomore right-hander Eric Stevens tallied the win for the Eagles (1-0) and junior righty Hunter Gordon earned the save, pitching the ninth.

Right-hander Branden Kline recorded the loss for the Cavaliers (0-1). Stevens went 6.0 innings allowed seven hits, three runs, one walk and struck out one. Gordon tallied a strikeout in the save.

Sophomore Tom Bourdon led the team, going 3-for-5 on the day, nailing a double. Senior Anthony Melchionda went 2-for-4, also hitting a double and recording an RBI. The Eagles outhit the Cavaliers, 9-8.

Down three, the Eagles took the lead with a four-run, fourth inning. Senior Spenser Payne blasted a three-run home run to give BC a 4-3 lead after the Eagles scored on a passed ball. Bourdon led off with a double to center while junior Matt Paré walked. Both runners moved up on a two-out passed ball. Sophomore Andrew Lawrence reached on a third-strike passed ball, which would have ended the inning, but Bourdon’s base running helped BC tally its first run. Payne then blasted one over the left-center field fence, giving the Eagles the one-run advantage.

The Cavaliers struck first, scoring two in the bottom of the second. Mike Papi hit a leadoff single and moved to second on a balk. After Jared King drew a walk, Paré dove for a pop-up bunt off the bat of Reed Gragnani, but could not come up with it, loading the bases. Designed hitter Derek Fisher grounded to first, scoring Papi, as the Eagles tallied the first out of the inning. Nate Irving laid a bunt down the first-base line to score the second UVA run. Stevens forced two fly balls to right to end the inning.

UVA added a run in the third with two outs and runner on first. With the hit and run on, King laced one to center. Bourdon jumped and got his glove on it, but could not hold on, allowing the third Virginia run to cross the plate on the RBI triple.

Up by one, BC added a run to its lead in the fifth, as junior Matt McGovern drew a lead-off walk and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Bourdon singled to right, advancing McGovern to third and Melchionda drove him in on a bloop single. The fifth BC run chased Kline from the game and Kyle Crockett came on in relief. The lefty retired the side with a swinging strikeout and a line drive double-play ball to short.

In the bottom of the inning, with runners on first and second and one out, Stevens struck out Colin Harrington swinging and forced Chris Taylor to ground out to shortstop Melchionda to preserve the lead.

Senior left-hander Bayuk came on in relief of Stevens to start to the seventh and delivered by retiring the side, striking out one. Senior righty Matt Brazis came on in the eighth and after allowing a single, settled in to force three straight outs, including a swinging strikeout.

Gordon retired the side in the ninth on two groundouts and a four-pitch at bat to pinch hitter Nick Howard, getting the Cavalier to go down on swings.

The Eagles return to action tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 18, to play James Madison at Charles Watson Stadium. The game time has been changed to 10 a.m.

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Boston College 5, Virginia 4 (11): Eagles shock baseball world with walk-off over top-ranked Hoos

by Joshua Kummins

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Boston College shocked the college baseball world on Saturday afternoon as the Eagles used their walk-off magic to likely dethrone the Virginia Cavaliers from the top of the national polls.

Junior third baseman Anthony Melchionda was the hero as he delivered a first-pitch double with nobody out that scored sophomore right fielder Matt McGovern from first base, securing the 5-4 win at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond on Saturday afternoon and handing UVa their fifth loss of the season and just their third in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Virginia manufactured the first two runs of the ballgame in the top of the second inning against Eagle senior John Leonard.

Leadoff batter and designated hitter Danny Hultzen, who is also the team’s Friday ace pitcher, lined a double into right field. He took third on a single by first baseman Kenny Swab and scored on a sacrifice fly by center fielder Reed Gragnani two batters later.

Swab was also able to come around the bases, sacrificing an out to allow the second run to come across by way of a bunt back to Leonard.

With a 5-0 record and 2.51 ERA coming in, you would think that a two-run cushion would be plenty enough for Cavs starter Tyler Wilson, but the Eagles changed that later in the second inning.

Junior left fielder Andrew Lawrence led off the threat with a triple to the right-center field gap, but was cut down on a fielder’s choice play by second baseman John Hennessy as he hit a high chopper to third base.

Lawrence remained at third for two at-bats while designated hitter Mike Sudol drew a walk and Payne struck out, but the Eagles made up for it in one swing of the bat as catcher Nate LaPointe turned on a high fastball and drove the pitch way over the wall in right-center field with two runners on base for his first-career home run.

In the fourth, UVa re-tied the game as Hultzen singled and stole second base, before coming home from third on an RBI groundout to first base by Gragnani.

BC jumped back in front in the sixth inning as it manufactured the go-ahead run again. McGovern led off with a short fly ball that dropped between two converging Cavalier fielders for a lucky double. Melchionda did his job by advancing him to third base and Lawrence hit a single into short left field for the RBI.

Wilson was pulled after allowing that hit and since his offense tied the game in the eighth inning, his perfect record remains intact. In the end, the senior allowed six hits and four earned runs in 5.1 innings, making way for one of the team’s top relievers in rookie lefty Kyle Crockett.

He was able to silence the Eagle bats for two innings, long enough for senior right fielder David Coleman’s game-tying base hit to right field with one out in the top of the eighth.

That is how it stayed until BC won it in the eleventh inning, thanks in large part to junior reliever Kyle Prohovich. The Weston native and Roxbury Latin product held the Hoos in check for the final four innings with just two hits, earning his third win of the season.

In the eleventh, the Eagles gave him that winMcGovern hit a short single into right field on the second pitch of his at-bat and he scored all the way from first base on Melchionda’s double to right-center just one pitch later.

The reliable junior Justin Thompson suffered his first loss in 15 appearances this season, despite allowing just one hit before the winning run scored.

The walk-off victory was just BC’s second win all-time against UVa (2-15) and marked the first time in six opportunities in 2011 that the Hoos were unable to earn the win in a tie game through eight innings.

On Sunday, the Eagles can close out their first ACC series win since April 8-10 at Duke when the bullpen goes up against UVa’s 8-0 starter Will Roberts.

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Baseball Beanpot champion BC looks to rebound in game two of series with #1 Virginia

by Joshua Kummins

Not much more could go wrong for the Boston College Eagles (15-25, 6-15 ACC) after Friday’s 17-0 loss at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond, but life must go on against the #1-ranked Virginia Cavaliers (41-4, 19-3 ACC) in the middle of three games in an ACC weekend series.

The Cavs are winners in ten of their last 11 games and hold a two-game lead on Georgia Tech on the top of the ACC’s Coastal Division at 19-3. At 6-15, BC is 1.5 games clear of Maryland, who sits in the cellar of the Atlantic Division, but no wins this weekend could put an end to their lingering playoff hopes.

UVA is ranked at the top of all four major college baseball polls and their 41 wins are best in the nation. The Hoos also entered the week with an NCAA-best 4.9+ scoring margin, which blows away the closest competitor by over half of a run.

BC’s only two wins in the past 11 games have come in the Baseball Beanpot, in which the Eagles downed Northeastern and Harvard en route to a tournament-record 10th championship in 15 tries.

Every member of the UVA starting line-up registered a hit and scored in Friday’s drubbing, while two — junior third baseman Steven Proscia and senior first baseman Kenny Swab — reached base on hits three times.

Proscia went 3-for-6 with an RBI and secured sole possession of the school’s career RBI record with 168, breaking the record held by Sean Doolittle (2005-07). Swab finished 3-for-5 with five RBI and is just six games back from a hand injury, which cost him 14 games.

Junior Danny Hultzen improved to 9-1 as he allowed just one walk and eight strikeouts over seven innings, teaming up with classmate Shane Halley for a one-hitter and the shutout. Hultzen allowed the lone BC hit to junior third baseman Garret Smith on a fourth-inning infield single, while Halley did not allow a baserunner in two innings to close the game.

The shutout was the team’s 13th shutout of the season and fourth in the last nine wins, which shatters the previous school record of 11 that was set six seasons ago.

In Saturday’s game, the Eagles will send junior right-hander John Leonard to the mound in search of breaking up skid of six losses in seven games. The Hanover, Mass. native, who pitched for the Cape Cod League’s Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox last summer, is 4-5 with a 4.69 ERA in 11 appearances (10 starts). Leonard is in a funk of his own, having lost his last two decisions and three of the last four.

UVA will counter with unbeaten senior righty Tyler Wilson, who ranks eighth in the ACC with a 2.51 ERA and record of 5-0. Last Saturday, Wilson allowed a run and six hits over 6.1 innings to earn the win and out-duel NC State junior Cory Mazzoni.

Virginia is 15-1 all-time against BC and has taken all five series from the Eagles since entering the ACC in 2006. Last season, the Cavs swept three games in Charlottesville and then ousted the Eagles from the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C.  

The series concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m. on Little League Day at Shea Field. While supplies last, all youth wearing their little league uniform will receive an Eagles gift pack.

BC has struggled to find a pitching solution this season with the loss of top starter Mike Dennhardt to Tommy John surgery earlier in the year, so the Eagles will use their “pitching-by-committee” bullpen system. UVA will send junior Will Roberts to the mound with his perfect 8-0 record and 1.61 ERA on the line.

The Eagles will travel to Wake Forest for a series next weekend before returning to Chestnut Hill to face LeMoyne in a pair of games on May 14-15.

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