Baseball Tops Pittsburgh In 10 Innings
March 5, 2006
Orlando, Fla. - Johnny Ayers scored the game-winning run for Boston College on a balk in the bottom of the tenth to defeat former Big East rival Pittsburgh 6-5 at Rollins College in Orlando, Fla..
The Eagles fell behind early when Panthers catcher Jeff Stevens hit a two-run home run in the top of the second inning. Pitt added another run to take a 3-0 lead.
BC cut into the lead in the sixth when Ayers tripled to score Eric Campbell and Jett Ruiz. In the seventh, the Eagles added three more to take a 5-3 lead when Jared McGuire, Shawn McGill and Ruiz added RBI's.
The Panthers battled back to score the game-tying run in the top of the ninth inning on a BC error. In the bottom of the tenth, Ayers was hit by a pitch to start the inning and advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt. Pitt pitcher Mike Bassage balked Ayers home to give the Eagles the win.
Terry Doyle had another quality outing, surrendering only two earned runs in seven innings of work, while striking out seven. Ruiz and Dave Preziosi had three hits each as the Eagles out-hit the Panthers 12-4.
BC will face Pitt again tomorrow at 7 p.m.