TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 24 Boston College evened its series with No. 21 Florida State behind the pitching of a pair of Division III graduate transfers in a 4-2 win at Dick Howser Stadium on Saturday night. The Eagles improved to 13-3 overall and 3-2 in the ACC, while the Seminoles fell to 12-7 and 3-2.
Graduate right-hander Chris Flynn (Naugatuck, Conn.), formerly of Roger Williams University, turned in a career-high seven innings for BC. Flynn (5-0) struck out nine to just one walk and limited FSU to two runs, one earned, on four hits. Fellow graduate RHP Andrew Roman (Monson, Mass.), who arrived at BC from Salve Regina University, took over for the eighth and pitched the final two frames to earn his third save of the season.
The BC pitching duo combined to shut out Florida State’s lineup over the final four innings. Flynn worked around a leadoff single in the sixth and struck out the four through six hitters to maintain a two-run lead. Roman then saw two Seminoles reach scoring position in the eighth, but he recorded his second strikeout of the inning to preserve the Eagle lead.
Boston College never trailed, scoring first with a three-run third. Leadoff-hitting center fielder Barry Walsh (Sterling, Mass.) doubled in the first run of the inning and the Eagles added two more on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly. Walsh finished the game 2-for-5 with two runs.
Score: No. 24 Boston College 4, No. 21 Florida State 2
Records: Boston College 13-3, 3-2; Florida State 12-7, 3-2
Stadium: Dick Howser Stadium
· The Eagles started a three-run third with an RBI double from Walsh, who later scored on a wild pitch. BC pushed a third run across on a Vetrano sacrifice fly.
· Walsh hit a one-out single in the fifth and scored on a Honeyman double to right.
· In the bottom of the sixth, FSU got a leadoff-single, but Flynn struck out the next three batters; all in the middle of the order.
· With the tying runs in scoring position in the eighth, Roman struck out Barrett.
· Roman pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, capped by his third strikeout.
· BC is 4-2 against ranked opponents this season.
· BC is 13-3 for the first time in program history. Previously, the Eagles were 12-4 in 2016; the last season they played in the NCAA Tournament.
· Flynn threw a career-high seven innings; his third start of six innings or more this season.
· Honeyman hit his seventh double of the season and 16th of his career.
· Walsh recorded his eighth multi-hit game of the season and 18th of his career.
· Walsh hit his second double of the season and 11th of his career.
The rubber match is set for 11 a.m. Sunday with junior RHP John West (Shrewsbury, Mass.) on the mound for BC. The game will be streamed on ACCNX.