Frelick homers in support of Pelio’s seven scoreless
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Freshman center fielder Sal Frelick (Lexington, Mass.)broke open a scoreless game with a two-run home run in the seventh and freshman right-handed Mason Pelio (San Diego, Calif.) pitched seven-shutout frames in an 8-0, series-clinching shutout for the Boston College baseball team over No. 19 Florida State. The Eagles moved to 14-13 overall and 5-7 in the ACC in front of 4,256 at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Pelio (4-1) allowed just two hits, a two-out double in the second and a leadoff single that was erased on a double play in the sixth, across seven innings. He struck out eight, walked one and hit three while picking up his third win over a ranked conference opponent this season.
Through six innings, BC had six hits and left eight runners on base. Sophomore left fielder Chris Galland (Sudbury, Mass.) opened the top of the seventh with a double down the left field line. He was bunted to third as the Eagles were playing for a run, but Frelick provided a big swing, putting a 1-0 pitch over the Seminoles’ 37-foot fence in right field.
The Boston College offense continued to hit against the Florida State bullpen. Senior third baseman Jake Alu (Hamilton, N.J.) kept the bats going in the seventh with a double and scored on a base hit up the middle by senior designated hitter Gian Martellini (Johnston, R.I.).
Pelio put the Seminoles down in order to end the seventh; finishing the inning with his eighth strikeout, matching his career-high from a week ago against No. 20 Clemson, on his 92nd pitch of the afternoon. The BC lineup went back to work for the eighth as Galland singled, stole second and scored on a base hit punched the other way by junior shortstop Brian Dempsey (Potomac, Md.).
Lefty Shane Drohan worked 5.2-scoreless innings and left the game with two runners in scoring position after surrendering his sixth hit of the day in the sixth. He struck out eight and walked just two. RHP Conor Grady (4-2) took the loss with three runs against him on four hits and a walk.
Score: Boston College 8, Florida State 0
Records: Boston College (14-13, 5-7), Florida State (18-9, 6-6)
Location: Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium (Tallahassee, Fla.)
- Pelio tossed a three-up, three-down inning with two strikeouts in the fourth.
- Pelio picked off a leadoff hit batter and finished the fifth with a called strike three.
- The Eagles get around a leadoff single with an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play in the sixth.
- Galland starts the top of the seventh with a double down the left field line and Frelick breaks the ice with a two-run home run to right field.
- Alu doubled in the seventh and scored on a Martellini base hit up the middle.
- Pelio’s 92nd pitch of the day was a called strike three to finish off a 1-2-3 seventh with his eighth strikeout.
- Galland singled in the eighth, stole second and scored on a Dempsey single through the right side.
- Frelick wore No. 35 instead of No. 11 in honor of FSU head coach Mike Martin, who is in his 40th and final season.
- Frelick collected his team-leading 12th multi-hit game of the season on his fourth home run of the season, which is tied for the team lead.
- Martellini posted his sixth multi-hit game of the season and 36th of his career.
- Morissette tallied his 11th multi-hit game of the season.
- Pelio pitched six or more innings in a start for his team-leading fourth time.
- Galland recorded his seventh multi-hit game of the season and 24th of his career.
- Galland stole his 12th base of the season and 40th of his career, which ranks eighth all-time at BC.
- Dempsey registered his third multi-hit game of the series, totaling eight hits on the weekend, his 11th of the season and 30th of his career.
- The Eagles earned their first road series win in conference play since sweeping Notre Dame (2017) and first series win over a ranked opponent on the road or at home since taking two of three at No. 22 Georgia Tech (2016).
- BC is 4-5 against ranked opponents this season; the most wins vs. the ranked since a 10-9 record in 2016.
- The series win marked only the second for BC over FSU and second in Tallahassee; the first since 2009.
- BC pitchers combined for their seventh game with 10 strikeouts or more.
- Boston College posted its first shutout of the season and first since beating Notre Dame (4/28/18).
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