BCC Shuts Out Broward College In Baseball

By  //  April 6, 2013

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Ashton Fronsoe's Strong Pitching Boosts Titans

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Ashton Fronsoe pitched seven innings of no-hit baseball and Chris Gilmore pitched out of a second-and-third no-out eighth-inning jam as Brevard Community College blanked Broward College 1-0 on Friday in a crucial Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference game.

Ashton Fronsoe pitched seven innings of no-hit baseball as BCC defeated Broward College 1-0 Friday in Melbourne. (Image courtesy of BCC)

BCC’s victory at Bruce Bochy Field at the Melbourne Campus improved the fourth-place Titans’ conference record to 7-10. Broward, which was tied for second with Palm Beach State, fell to 9-10.

More importantly the victory put more space between BCC and fifth-place Indian River State, which is 4-14.

The first-place conference team automatically advances to the state tournament while the third-and fourth-place teams hold a one-game playoff to determine who plays the second-place team for the right to also advance to the state tournament.

Fronsoe struck out nine and recorded eight ground-ball outs before yielding two hits to open the eighth inning. Fronsoe departed handing the game to Gilmore who danced with danger including his throwing error on a pick-off play at second that advanced the runners.

However he recorded a strike out, snared a bullet hit back to the mound and ended the inning with another strike out prompting his teammates to pour out of the dugout to congratulate him.

Gilmore allowed a base hit in the ninth before shortstop Chris Dennis handled his fifth chance to initiate a game-ending double play.

Dennis also scored the game’s only run, coming home on a passed ball in the fifth inning after doubling and advancing on T.J. Glessner second of three base hits.

BCC rapped out eight hits, Dennis added two, but left 10 runners on base and lost three runners, two to pick offs and one on an outfield assist.

So it had to come down to pitching and it did as Fronsoe rallied from early-season struggles to record his first victory.

“My fastball was really good down in the zone, I kept it down in the zone the whole time,” Fronsoe said. “It had that sink to it and I had the curve ball to compliment it.”

Fronsoe admitted to tiring as the game went on and was aware that he was working on a no-hitter. But more importantly, it was a victory.

“Important game, very important,” Fronsoe said.

As for Gilmore, BCC’s closer who is no stranger to pitching both the eighth and the ninth innings, his role, while not inuring him to the pressure, certainly has familiarized him with it.

“Luckily he chased a couple of pitches and I got the strikeout and the very next batter hit it right back at me,” Gilmore said of his escape. “I caught it pretty much behind me, I don’t even know how I caught it.

“I knew I was going to have to pitch the next kid tough so I threw a bunch of sliders and I got him to chase a couple pitches, worked my way out of it.”

BCC head coach Jeff Tam, himself a pitcher who played six seasons of Major League ball, appreciated the efforts.

“Fronsoe’s last two starts have been great,” Tam said. “It didn’t look like he had an electric fastball but he pitched. That’s the name of the game. When you don’t have your best stuff you still have to be out there fighting and making quality pitches. It was a pleasure to see.”

As for Gilmore: “You do have to get a little lucky there,” Tam said. “He made great pitches. I tip my hat to him. In that situation you have to show up with your A game and he did. He got out of it. That was a game changer for us.”

Tam also believed his team, which had lost three straight conference games, benefitted from its bye week and a rained out practice to get the physical and mental rest necessary at this point in the grueling season.

BCC is now 19-18-1 overall and has seven conference games remaining. It is scheduled to play at Broward (27-17 overall) on Saturday, but wet field conditions could push the game back to Sunday.