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Johnny Ayers went 4-4 with 2 RBI and 4 runs scored in a win over Duke

Johnny Ayers went 4-4 with 2 RBI and 4 runs scored in a win over Duke

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March 10, 2007

DURHAM, N.C. - Less than 24 hours after opening up their ACC scheduled with a win, the Eagles and Blue Devils faced off again, and BC kept its winning ways rolling as they defeated Duke 10-5 this afternoon. The win is BC's second in row and the third in their last five games. With the win, the Eagles improve to 4-6-1 overall and 2-0 in ACC action. Duke falls to 15-3 with the loss.

BC's first five batters got hits to start the game and the Eagles would score four runs in the top of the first. Junior Johnny Ayers singled through the right side to begin the game. Ryan Hutchinson followed with a single to center, moving Ayers to third. Left fielder Jared McGuire then laced an RBI-double down the left field line to score Ayers. After third baseman Eric Campbell lined an RBI-single to left to score Hutchinson, catcher Jett Ruiz sent an RBI-double to right center to bring in McGuire. Center fielder Peter Frates then drew a walk before designated hitter Tony Sanchez drove in Campbell on a fielder's choice, giving the Eagles the 4-0 lead.

Duke answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first off of starter Adam Crabtree to make it a 4-2 ballgame but Ryan Hutchinson added an RBI-single in the top of the second to extend Boston College's lead to 5-2.

Duke would score a run in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 5-3 Eagles lead. After junior Brett Bartles drew a walk and advanced to second on a passed ball to start the frame, left fielder Alexander Hassan laced an RBI-single to left center to score Bartles.

BC added a run in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by McGuire to push their lead to 6-3. The Eagles then received a two-run single from Ayers and scored a pair of unearned runs on a Duke error in the top of the eighth to take a 10-3 lead.

Duke scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth to make it a 10-5 ballgame but that was as close as they would get. Right-handed sophomore Dan Houston picked up his first win of the season, holding Duke to three runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings of relief.

The Eagles and Blue Devils will conclude their three game set tomorrow afternoon at 12:00 p.m. in Durham, N.C.

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