Baseball Loses a Heartbreaker to No. 19 UCF, 5-4
Feb. 26, 2012
Orlando, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team battled No. 19 UCF to end, but lost, 5-4, in the bottom of the ninth at Jay Bergman Field on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles (4-2) had pulled ahead of the Knights (5-2) in their last at bat, but could not hold on, as UCF took two-of-three in the series.
Senior right-hander Andrew Lawrence shouldered the loss for the Eagles, but went 2-for-3 at the plate with two sac flies as the designed hitter for most of the game. Classmate Spenser Payne also hit 2-for-3. Junior righty Hunter Gordon (1-0) pitched four innings, allowed three hits, two runs and four walks. Freshman reliever John Gorman, a right-hander, went three innings, allowing three hits, one run, one walk and struck out one. The Eagles outhit the Knights, 10-9, but left 13 runners on base.
The UCF closer, lefty Joe Rodgers picked up the win for the Knights, going two full innings, allowing three hits, two runs and tallied three strikeouts. Starter Chris Matulis pitched 4.1 innings, allowed six hits, two runs, three walks and struck out three.
Freshman Tyler Hinchliffe nearly saved the day for the Eagles, in his first career at bat, tallying the go-head RBI. In the top of the ninth down 3-2, sophomore Tom Bourdon led off with a scorcher down the left-field line. Rodgers tallied two quick two outs before Lawrence came up. Lawrence hit one to right and junior Matt Paré was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Hinchliffe. The freshman came through for the Eagles, lacing one up the middle and scoring Bourdon and Lawrence to give the Eagles the one-run lead.
Down to their last at bat, Ryan Breen and Spencer Haynes hit singles put runners on for the Knights. With one out, both runners moved up on a wild pitch and the Eagles intentionally walked the next batter to load the bases. Lawrence got the No. 9 hitter to pop up but Darnell Sweeney knocked one down the left-field line to tally the tying and winning runs.
The Eagles recorded their first two runs on Lawrence's sac flies. In the first, junior Matt McGovern led off with a double, moved over on a groundout and was plated by the senior left fielder. In the third, Lawrence added to the lead driving in Bourdon, who drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on a double by senior Anthony Melchionda.
The Knights tied the game in the third with RBI singles by the heart of their lineup. Gordon sat down the first two of the inning, but hit Ronnie Richardson and walked D.J. Hicks. Chris Taladay hit one to center to bring home Richardson and Ryan Breen lined one just past third baseman John Hennessy to plate Hicks and knot the game at 2-2.
UCF took the lead in the seventh on an RBI single by Hicks. Lead-off hitter Sweeney walked and moved to second on a wild pitch. Richardson laid down a sacrifice bunt to move his teammate to third and Hicks drove him in. While the Knights managed to load the bases, Gorman forced a fly out to get out of the jam.
In the top of the eighth, the Eagles threatened by could not plate a runner. Paré was hit by a pitch and Payne drew a walk before UCF went to the pen for Rodgers. He struck the next two BC hitters out and got McGovern to groundout to end the inning. In the bottom of the inning, the Eagles got out of a bases-loaded jam with LAWRENCE in in relief, he forced a groundout to first baseman replacement Hinchliffe to keep the Knights off the board.
The Eagles return to action against Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m.