May 21, 2009
Postgame press conference
DURHAM, N.C. – Mickey Wiswall went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs and five RBI to lead Boston College (32-24) to a 7-3 win over Georgia Tech (34-17-1) to begin the second day of competition at the 2009 ACC Baseball Championships.
Wiswall’s first two RBI came on a first inning single, and the Eagles added two more in the third inning when the third baseman smacked a home run into the right-center field seats.
A three-run fifth inning pulled the Jackets to within one run at 4-3, but the Eagles put the game out of reach by scoring a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth.
Boston College starter JB MacDonald (5-7) earned the win by holding the Jackets to just three runs on five hits through the first five innings of the game. Kevin Moran tossed three scoreless innings in relief before Mike Belfiore closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Eagles capitalized on a hit-by-pitch, walk, and error by Tech starting pitcher Jed Bradley to load the bases for Wiswall in the first inning, but Bradley worked out of the jam after Wiswall’s hit to limit the damage to just two runs.
Bradley (2-3) gave up four runs on five hits while striking out three and walking two before being lifted after the fourth inning. Andrew Robinson worked 1-1/3 solid innings in relief, yielding just two hits while striking out two, and Zach Brewster and Kevin Jacob also made scoreless appearances out of the bullpen.
Chase Burnette led off the fifth inning with a towering home run to left field, and Jason Haniger followed with a double to right. A single by Matt Skole moved Haniger to third base before a fielder’s choice by Chris House plated the Tech backstop for the second run of the inning. After a single by Jason Garofalo moved House to third, the Yellow Jacket left fielder scored on a sacrifice fly by Jeff Rowland.
House went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in the loss.
“We fell behind early, and Wiswall had a very good game,” head coach Danny Hall said. “We left a fastball up that he hit out of right field, but then he drove a pretty good pitch – down and away – out of the park for his second home run (in the fifth inning).”
The loss was the Yellow Jackets’ fourth-straight, and Hall acknowledged as much following the game.
“We had a tough inning yesterday against Miami, but you have to give them credit for holding us late. Today we got outplayed, and you can’t do that with so many good teams in our league. To advance to the championship (game) you have to be playing your best baseball, and quite honestly we haven’t been playing our best lately.”
The Jackets will have the opportunity to snap the skid Saturday when they face Florida State at 12 p.m. at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The game can be seen on SportSouth and heard on WREK Radio (91.1 FM in Atlanta/www.wrek.org). Live stats will be available at Ramblinwreck.com.