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Austin Perez tossed six solid innings on Saturday.
by: David S. Williams
Hatters Handcuffed by Boston College, 8-0
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  02/22/2014
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DeLAND—Three Boston College pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout as the Eagles downed the Hatters, 8-0, Saturday at Melching Field.

Boston College (4-2) starting pitcher Andrew Chin (2-0) tossed 5.2 innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out three. The sophomore lefty was in complete control before tiring with two outs in the sixth.

The only hits Chin allowed were a lead-off hits by Kevin Fagan, a double in the first, and Tyler Bocock, a single in the sixth.

“Chin’s a good pitcher,” said Stetson head coach Pete Dunn. “He’s a left-hander throwing 92, but that’s not dominant. We have to do a better job at the plate than what we did.”

Fagan’s double in the first gave Stetson (1-5) its only real scoring opportunity in the first five innings. But after Fagan reached third on a ground out, the sophomore was gunned down at the plate on Patrick Mazeika’s one-out chopper to third.

The Eagles grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Joe Cronin ripped a one-out double off Stetson starter Austin Perez (0-2) and scored two batters later on a single by Blake Butera. Butera later stole second and scored on a double by Chris Shaw.

Boston College made it 3-0 on an RBI single by Johnny Adams in the fourth.

After struggling to get runners on base against Chin through the first five innings, the Hatters finally chased the southpaw in the sixth after Mitch Piatnik and Kevin Fagan drew back-to-back walks, and Mazeika was hit by a pitch with two outs. Reliever Jeff Burke ended the threat, however, by retiring Josh Powers on a fielder’s choice.

The Eagles increased their lead to 6-0 with three runs in the seventh. John Hennessy, Shaw and Tom Bourdon each had an RBI during the frame.

BC added a pair of runs in the top of the ninth for the final margin.

“You have to give them credit,” said Dunn. “They manufactured runs and did everything we didn’t. We had a chance to get on the board early, but we hit a ball right at the third baseman. We keep shooting ourselves in the foot. Our offense is not good enough right now to overcome those kinds of mistakes.”

Burke and Justin Dunn combined with Shaw on the shutout. The Eagles banged out 12 hits against six different Stetson pitchers. Cronin, Hennessy and Shaw had two hits apiece.

Despite suffering the loss, Perez turned in a quality start. The senior lefty allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings, striking out two without a walk.

The teams conclude their three-game series at noon on Sunday.


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