Baseball Fall to No. 16 Miami, 5-2
March 8, 2014
Coral Gables, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team lost, 5-2, to 16th-ranked Miami at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field on Saturday evening and the Hurricanes (9-5, 2-0 ACC) took the series over the Eagles (6-8, 0-2 ACC).
Redshirt sophomore left-handed Andrew Chin went the first five for the Eagles, allowed four hits, two runs - both earned - and four walks. Redshirt freshman right-hand reliever Luke Fernandes (0-1) pitched the final three innings and surrendered three runs in the sixth to put the Canes on top. He allowed just one hit, walked two and retired the final seven batters he faced, striking out the last two.
LHP Brad Radziewski (1-2) went seven for Miami, allowed three hits, two runs - both unearned - walked three and struck out eight. Righty Bryan Garcia tallied his fourth save, pitching the eighth and ninth, allowing one hit, one walk and striking out three.
The Canes scored the first run of the game in the fourth as Willie Abreu knocked a one-out double to left and David Thompson drove him in with a single to center. Senior centerfielder Tom Bourdon threw home and sophomore catcher Stephen Sauter fired to second baseman Butera to get him trying to advance. After walking a batter, Chin forced a grounder to end the inning.
The Eagles took the lead in the top of the fifth, scoring two. Freshman Johnny Adams drew a lead-off walk and was safe at second on Bourdon's bunt which shortstop Brandon Lopez dropped at the bag as Radziewski tried to get the lead runner. With one out, Hernandez laced one to left, scoring Adams for the Eagles' first run. Bourdon was thrown out at the plate, but Butera came through with a two-out single through the left side, scoring the speedy Hernandez from second.
Miami tied the game at two in the bottom of the inning with two outs when Chin hit Dale Carey, he stole second and came around to score on Brad Fieger's double to left. Senior first baseman John Hennessy made a diving stop behind the base and got to the bag to end the inning.
The Canes regained the lead in the sixth, scoring three runs off new pitcher Fernandes. Abreu led off the inning with a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. Fernandes intentionally walked Zach Collins to set up the double play but Lopez knocked a hard-hit ball to short and Adams threw home, but Abreu beat the throw. With runners on first and second and two down, Carey nailed a triple into the left-field corner, clearing the bases and giving Miami a 5-2 lead.
The two teams wrap up the series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. start.