Baseball Loses to No. 13 Miami, 7-3
March 9, 2012
Coral Gables, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team fell to 13th-ranked Miami, 7-3, in the first night of Atlantic Coast action at Alex Rodriguez Park Mark Light Field on Friday night. With a two-run lead, the Eagles (6-6, 0-1 ACC) worked hard to keep the Hurricanes (10-3, 1-0 ACC) off the board, but they gave up five in the seventh, which included a three-run homer, and the Hurricanes held onto for the rest of the game.
Starter sophomore RHP Eric Stevens (2-0) went 5.1 innings and allowed five hits, one run, three walks and struck out five. Senior LHP Nate Bayuk shouldered the loss, going one inning and allowing two hits, three runs, one walk and two strikeouts.
Miami starter LHP Eric Erickson (3-1) went 7.2 innings and allowed seven hits, three runs, one walk, his first of the season, and struck out five. Eric Nedeljkovic earned the save as he pitched 1.1 innings and struck out one without allowing a hit, run or walk.
Senior Andrew Lawrence went 2-for-4, tallying two singles and a run and extending his hit streak to a career-long seven games. Sophomore Tom Bourdon also went 2-for-4 while freshman Blake Butera tallied two RBIs.
The Hurricanes scored one run in the first, as Tyler Palmer led off with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a sac bunt. Peter O'Brien doubled off the wall in left to score Palmer. Stevens struck out the second out and forced a groundout to keep the Miami lead at 1-0.
The game quickly became a pitcher's duel, as neither team could plate a run through the fourth. The Eagles tallied their first hit off Erickson in the fourth when Bourdon singled through the right side, but was caught stealing second. Stevens kept the Hurricanes off the board, allowing the lone run through the 5.1 innings he pitched.
The Eagles took a 3-1 lead in the fifth, scoring three runs with two outs. Lawrence led off with a single through the right side and senior Spenser Payne moved him over with a groundout. Freshman Travis Ferrick tallied his fourth hit in the last three games with a single to right, putting Eagles on the corners. With two outs, sophomore John Hennessy tied the game with a single, scoring Lawrence. Butera gave BC the lead with a two-run line drive to right, scoring both base runners, who had moved to second and third on a balk.
Bayuk came on in the sixth with runners on first and second and one out. He hit the first batter he faced to load the bases, but settled in and struck out the No. 9 hitter and forced a flyout to keep the `Canes off the scoreboard.
Miami scored five runs in the seventh to retake the lead. After Bayuk got the lead-off hitter swinging, he walked O'Brien and Rony Rodriguez drove one in on a double to deep left. Brad Fieger singled to score Rodriguez and tie the game. Senior right-hand reliever Kyle Prohovich came in to pitch and Esteban Tresgallo reached on an error before third baseman Hennessy could catch the second out on a foul ball at the top of the dugout steps. Stephen Perez then homered over the right-field fence to give the Hurricanes the 6-3 lead. Prohovich got the final out looking to end the inning.
In the eighth, new pitcher freshman lefty Tyler Hinchliffe recorded the first out by striking out the lead-off batter. He walked the next two, including battling O'Brien for 13 pitches. Rodriguez singled through the left side to plate the seventh UM run before BC could get the final two outs.
The two teams will face each other again on Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPN 3.