Baseball Defeats No. 19 UCF, 8-7
Feb. 25, 2012
Orlando, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team beat its third ranked team of the year, taking down No. 19 UCF, 8-7, on Saturday night in front of 1,210 fans at Jay Bergman Field. In the second close game of the three-game series, the Eagles (4-1) prevailed by being patient at the plate and clutch relief pitching.
Freshman left-hand reliever Tyler Hinchliffe recorded his first career win, going two innings, allowing two hits without a run or walk. He struck out one of the eight batters he faced. Senior righty Matt Brazis recorded his first save of the season, finishing the last 1.2 innings. It marked the 11th save of his career.
Reliever Matt Collins took the loss for the Knights (4-2), giving up four runs, all earned, three hits and two walks and struck out three in 3.2 innings of work. Starter Brian Adkins went three innings, allowed eight hits, four earned runs, one walk and struck out three.
Down by two in the seventh, the Eagles tallied three runs on walks to take a one-run lead. The BC pitching staff prevailed to give BC the split in the series.
BC starter sophomore RHP Matt Alvarez went three innings, allowed two hits, one unearned run, walked three and struck out three of the 17 batters he faced. Four Eagles tallied two hits, including freshman Blake Butera, who went 2-for-3 with a run and his first career RBI. The Eagles outhit the Knights, 11-9.
UCF got on the board first, tallying a run in the first inning. With two down, lead-off hitter Darnell Sweeney, who reached on a single and stole second, came cross to score on a fielding error by sophomore third baseman John Hennessy. Alvarez ended the inning with a strikeout looking, his second K of the inning.
The Eagles took the lead in the third, scoring four runs on six singles. Butera started things off with a single to center. Junior Matt McGovern laid a bunt down the first-base line, beat the throw and both runners advanced on the throwing error by Adkins. With runners on the corners, sophomore Tom Bourdon plated Butera on a base hit to right center. Senior Anthony Melchionda followed with a scorcher back to the pitcher, which scored McGovern. Adkins struck two out, but junior Matt Paré was able to knock one to center, scoring Bourdon. Senior Spenser Payne capped it off with a gapper to right center, plating Melchionda for the 4-1 lead.
BC added to its lead in the fifth, tallying a run with two down. Senior Marc Perdios nailed an infield single to deep short and Paré brought him home from first on a double to left.