Feb. 24, 2012
Orlando, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team led early, but could not hold on, as it fell to No. 19 UCF, 6-5, at Jay Bergman Field on Friday night. The game saw three lead changes and two ties as the Knights (4-1) took the one-run lead in the seventh and kept it.
Sophomore left-hander Steve Green (0-1), who came on in relief, recorded the loss for the Eagles (3-1). Sophomore righty Eric Stevens started the game and did not allow a hit until the fifth inning. He went 4.1 innings, allowed four hits, four runs - three earned - two walks and he struck out five.
Junior Matt McGovern led the way for the Eagles, going 2-for-5 with an RBI. Sophomore Tom Bourdon registered his second home run of the season, a two-run bomb to tally two RBIs.
With the Eagles leading, the Knights used a four-run fifth to pull ahead. After BC tied the game in the top of the seventh, UCF scored in the bottom half of the inning to take the win. Reliever Roman Madrid (1-0) recorded the win for the Knights.
It didn't take long for the Eagles to get on the board, scoring two in the top of the first. McGovern started the game with a single to center and Bourdon followed with a two-run shot over the right-field fence, giving BC the early lead.
UCF tallied a run the third to cut the lead to 2-1. Travis Shreve, who reached on an error and stole second, was able to cross the plate on a wild pitch, but Stevens got D.J. Hicks swinging to keep a one-run lead for BC.
The Eagles got the run right back in the fourth. Senior Anthony Melchionda and junior Matt Paré drew walks to put runners on first and second with one down. Senior Spenser Payne laced one to center, tallying his fifth RBI of the season as Melchionda came around to score.
It took a four-run fifth for UCF to pull ahead. Stevens did not give up a hit until the fifth inning, but then he gave up four in a row. Alex Friedman started things off with a double to the corner in left and Nick Carrillo tied the game on a two-run homer to right field. With the score knotted at three, Shreve bounced one over the third baseman's head to tally a double. Sweeney put the Knights up on an RBI single up the middle, scoring Shreve from second. Stevens struck out Ronnie Richardson for the first out of the inning before he was relieved by senior southpaw Nate Bayuk
. Another UCF run came home on an error when Bayuk could not catch a ball from Butera during a race to the first-base bag. The ball rolled out of play to advance both runners. Bayuk retired the final two Knights on strikeouts.
The Eagles tied the game in the seventh. With new pitcher lefty Jimmy Reed in, freshman Blake Butera tallied his first collegiate hit with a single through the left side, moving Hennessy to second, who was hit by a pitch. Right-hander Roman Madrid replaced Reed and Hennessy advanced to third on a passed ball. McGovern singled through the right side to bring Hennessy home, making it a one-run game. Butera then tied the game at five by scoring from third on a passed ball.
The Knights retook the lead in the bottom of the inning. Green came in to pitch and tallied the first two outs, but gave up a single to Chris Taladay. Ryan Breen then hit a grounder, which hit off the first-base bag into the outfield. Taladay was able to score from first as right fielder McGovern could not field it cleanly, giving UCF a 6-5 lead.
While the Eagles put runners on first and second in the eighth, they could not plate anyone and went scoreless. A 1-2-3 ninth sealed the win for the Knights.
Bayuk pitching 1.2 innings of relief, gave up only two hits and recorded five K's.
The Eagles return on Saturday to play UCF at 4 p.m. The series wraps up on Sunday with a 1 p.m. start.