Mellies Pitches Wake Forest to 2-0 Shutout of Boston College
May 16, 2008
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior Charlie Mellies is making his final games as a Demon Deacon count. Mellies turned in his second consecutive complete game to lead Wake Forest to a 2-0 shutout of Boston College Friday afternoon at Commander Shea Field.
With the win, the Deacons move to 24-28 overall and 13-15 in the ACC. Wake has won eight of its last nine games and six straight in conference play. The Eagles fall to 25-27 overall and 8-21 in the league play.
In a brisk contest that lasted just over two hours, Mellies and BC starter Terry Doyle battled in a classic pitchers' duel. Both seniors, the two hurlers went toe-to-toe before Mellies finally prevailed in the end.
Mellies (4-5) scattered eight hits over nine innings. He struck out five and walked just one, needing only 103 pitches to finish the game. He benefited from the Eagles' aggressiveness at the plate. In each of the final six innings, a BC hitter swung at the first pitch of the frame. Mellies recorded an out on five of those six swings.
Mellies had to pitch his way out of minor jams on several occasions. Boston College put at least one runner in scoring position in each the second, fourth, sixth, eighth and ninth innings. In all but one of those innings, the Eagles reached scoring position with less than two outs. However, Mellies and a stellar defensive effort behind him found a way out every time.
The performance was Mellies' second straight complete game. He led the Deacons to a 3-1 defeat of Duke last weekend in Winston-Salem. Today was also the first complete game shutout by a Deacon hurler since Mellies accomplished the feat against then No. 1-ranked Florida on February 26, 2006.
BC's Doyle (3-8) suffered a hard-luck loss in his final collegiate outing. The righthander pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on five hits. He struck out eight and walked four.
The Deacon hitters got to Doyle with a pair of runs early in the game, and Mellies made the small margin stand up. Wake scored once in the first and then added what would prove to be an insurance run in the third.
Ben Terry led off the game with a walk and then moved to third on Willy Fox's hit-and-run single. Allan Dykstra followed by lacing a line drive into center to drive in Terry. It was the fourth straight game that the Deacons have plated at least one run in the first inning. Terry has also opened the first with a walk in four of his last six games. He has scored on all four of those occasions.
The Deacs added a run in the third when Dykstra reached on a one-out walk and then scored on Mike Murray's triple into the rightfield corner.
That run capped the scoring for Wake Forest, as Doyle settled in against the Deacon bats. Wake put a runner on in four of the final five innings but could not bring anyone around to score.
Dykstra reached base in three of his four plate appearances, going 1-for-2 with a pair of walks. Murray extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his first career triple. He now has hit safely in 24 of his last 25 games. Andy Goff extended his hitting streak to nine games with an infield single in the sixth.
Robert Anston led the Eagles at the plate, finishing the day 3-for-4.
Wake Forest and Boston College will wrap up the series on Saturday. The start time has been pushed up an hour to 11 a.m. due to the Deacons' travel restrictions. RHP Brad Kledzik (2-4, 7.99) is scheduled to start for the Deacs, while the Eagles will counter with RHP James MacDonald (3-7, 7.69).