April 17, 2015
TECH STARTERS: Spingola/CF, Innis/RF, Gonzalez/LF, Murray/DH, Smith/1B, Bailey/2B, Justus/SS, Pabst/C, Gold/3B, King/SP.
BC STARTERS: Palomaki/3B, Butera/2B, Cronin/1B, Strem/CF, Sciortino/C, Hoggarth/RF, Sauter/DH, Hernandez/LF, Adams/SS, King/SP.
· Boston College’s Mike King got the better of a battle of Kings on Friday in the opener of an ACC series at Commander Shea Field in Chestnut Hill, Mass., as the Eagles beat No. 24 Georgia Tech, 1-0.
· BC’s King out-dueled Tech starter Jonathan King in a 1-0 decision that was completed in just one hour and 52 minutes.
· The loss dropped the Yellow Jackets to 24-13 overall and 9-10 in the ACC, while the Eagles improved to 19-18, 7-11.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
· BC strung together three-straight two-out hits to grab a 1-0 lead in the second. Jonny Adams started the rally with an infield single off Jonathan King’s glove, Jake Palomaki followed with a bunt single and Blake Butera’s soft liner to left put the Eagles on the board.
· That was the only damage off King, who allowed just five singles with three strikeouts in his six innings on the mound, but would absorb the tough-to-swallow loss (2-3).
· Tech came up empty after a one-out single from Keenan Innis in the first and couldn’t scratch after Daniel Spingola drew a lead-off walk to begin the fourth.
· Spingola was the last batter to reach off Mike King, who set down the final 17 Jackets in a row for the complete-game victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
· Tech was shutout for the first time this season, thanks to Mike King’s propensity to keeping the Jackets off-balance.
· Rookie slugger Kel Johnson, who suffered a sprained ankle versus North Carolina on March 21, saw his first action since with a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth inning.
· Matthew Gorst tossed the final two innings for the Jackets and retired six of the seven he faced.
“We had no answer for him (Mike King). In nine innings, we maybe squared two balls up. He was outstanding. And give them credit, they got a two-out hit to score a run and their King made it hold up.”
–Head Coach Danny Hall
UP NEXT: The Yellow Jackets and Eagles continue the three-game series on Saturday in Chestnut Hill. First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m.