CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — John Spatola smacked a pair of home runs and drove in six to lead host Boston College to a 10-4 victory over the Dartmouth Big Green on Sunday afternoon at Commodore Shea Field. He and Mickey Wiswall each had three hits and scored three times to improve the Eagles’ record to 28-23 on the season. Freshman catcher Chris O'Dowd drove in three of the four Dartmouth (26-17) runs with his sixth round-tripper of the season, but it wasn’t nearly enough to extend the Big Green’s modest three-game win streak.
Earning the victory on the mound for Boston College was right-hander Taylor Lasko (3-1), who tossed six innings in his start. He surrendered all four Dartmouth runs on six hits without walking a batter while striking out four.
Boston College had 13 hits on the day, more than half of which came in the first two innings. The Eagles jumped on senior starter Robert Young (3-5) in the first, beginning with a two-out infield single by Spatola to score Matt Hamlet who had doubled. After a walk to Matt Watson, Anthony Melchionda sent a fly just beyond the reach of right fielder Brett Gardner for a two-run double and a 3-0 BC lead.
Dartmouth got one back in the second when junior Jason Brooks singled, went to third on a double by freshman Ennis Coble and scored on a grounder to second off the bat of sophomore Jake Carlson.
In the second, Boston College stroked three consecutive singles before Spatola launched a three-run blast well over the fence in right to make it 7-1 after two innings.
O’Dowd provided a three-run homer of his own for the Big Green in third over the scoreboard in right field, cutting the deficit to three and scoring sophomore Joe Sclafani and junior Sam Bean, both of whom had singled.
The Dartmouth bullpen kept the Eagles in check for the next three innings with sophomore Kyle Hendricks tossing a pair of scoreless innings and freshman Kyle Hunter another in the fifth. But Andrew Lawrence came up with an RBI single off Hunter with two gone in the sixth to plate Wiswall who had opened the frame with his third single of the day.
Taylor Lasko settled into a groove on the mound after O’Dowd’s three-run bomb, retiring 11 of the last 12 batters he faced while allowing just a harmless single in the sixth.
The Big Green had one last shot to get back in the game in the eighth when Bean doubled and O’Dowd walked against reliever Kevin Moran. The right-hander fanned the next two hitters, however, before walking Coble to load the bases. Boston College turned to closer Matt Brazis to shut the door with the tying run at the plate in pinch hitter David Turnbull. Brazis was up to the challenge, getting Turnbull to swing through strike three.
Spatola tacked on the final two runs for BC with his second home run of the day, a two-run shot to right, giving him 14 on the year.
Brazis recorded the final three outs to earn his eighth save of the year.
Bean, Brooks and junior Jeff Onstott each had two hits to lead the 10-hit Big Green attack, and freshman Zack Bellenger had his season-best nine game hit streak snapped by taking the collar at 0-for-4.
If Dartmouth does not schedule any more games prior to the NCAA Regionals, the Big Green will next play on June 4 at a time and site to be determined by the NCAA Selection Committee.