Boston College baseball’s swing through Florida has officially taken a turn for the worse.
On Wednesday night in Boca Raton, the Eagles were defeated again by the Florida Atlantic Owls, 6-2. The loss gives the Owls a sweep of the two-game set and moves Boston College’s record back down to .500 at 6-6.
Florida Atlantic took the lead in the bottom of the first inning on a Ricky Santiago sacrifice fly, but the Eagles were able to come back in the top of the second to tie the game, 1-1. Stephen Sauter’s RBI single to score Joe Cronin accomplished that feat.
From then on, however, the game was all Florida Atlantic as the Owls slowly and steadily pulled away. FAU retook the lead in the bottom of the third with a Tyler Rocklein RBI single; he would later hit an RBI double in the fifth to give the Owls a 3-1 lead. In the bottom of the sixth, FAU would add another on a CJ Chatham RBI single.
Boston College would cut the lead to 4-2 in the top of the seventh as a run scored on an E-6 throwing error, but the Owls would get that run back in the bottom of the seventh and tack on another in the eighth.
Jimmy Tornabene won the game for Florida Atlantic, pitching 2 1/3 innings in long relief and allowing one run. Junior righty Eric Stone lost for the Eagles, going four innings and allowing two runs. Reily Monkman converted the save opportunity.
Boston College baseball has been coming back down to earth a little bit recently, now back at .500 despite a solid start to the year. Florida Atlantic has a good program, so these losses are not that unexpected.
The schedule does not get any easier as Birdball will now proceed to open ACC play against the Miami Hurricanes this weekend.