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Baseball Loses a Close Battle to No. 13 Miami, 5-3

Junior Hunter Gordon

Junior Hunter Gordon

March 10, 2012

Final Stats

Coral Gables, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team fell in a hard-fought game with No. 13 Miami, 5-3, on Saturday night in front of 2,866 fans at Alex Rodriguez Park. The Eagles (6-7, 0-2 ACC) led by one heading into the bottom of the eighth, but conceded three runs to the Hurricanes (11-3, 2-0 ACC) to take the loss.

BC outhit Miami, 12-8, and did not commit an error on the evening. Both starters did not get the decision, leaving with the score still knotted at two. BC starter junior RHP Hunter Gordon (1-0) pitched a career-high 6.2 innings and tied a career high with six strikeouts. He allowed two runs, walked four and gave up five hits. Sophomore LHP Steve Green (0-3) tallied the loss, going one inning, allowing two hits and three runs.

Miami starter RHP Eric Whaley (1-1) went six innings, allowed nine hits, two runs, one earned and struck out five. Reliever LHP AJ Salcines (2-0) tallied the win, pitching two innings, allowing three hits and one run. EJ Encinosa earned the save, recording a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Senior Anthony Melchionda led the Eagles with a 3-for-4 performance with two doubles. Classmate Andrew Lawrence extended his career-long hit streak to eight games with a single. Five of the Eagles' first six hits were doubles to start the game.

In a 2-2 ballgame, BC took the lead in the eighth when Melchionda led off with a single to center and moved into scoring position when Lawrence laid down a sac bunt. With two down, junior Matt Paré drove the go-ahead run in on a single through the right side.

Miami took the lead back in the bottom of the inning as Brad Fieger hit a two-out solo home run off Green to tie the game. A double and hit by pitch put runners on first and second and senior RHP Kyle Prohovich came in to pitch. Stephen Perez smoked a triple to center to clear the bases and give the Hurricanes the 5-3 victory.

The Eagles didn't waste any time scoring to start the game, tallying two run on three hits in the first. Sophomore Tom Bourdon led off with a double, as his pop up stayed just inside the foul line in shallow left field and no Miami fielder could snag it. Melchionda drove him in on a one-out double to deep right. Lawrence singled and with two down, Paré hit a grounder to third baseman Esteban Tresgallo, whose throw pulled the first baseman off the bag, allowing Melchionda to cross the plate. Lawrence was thrown out trying advance to third, but not before the Eagles could take a 2-0 lead.

Miami cut the lead in half in the third when lead-off man Jarred Mederos singled and advanced to second on a sac bunt. With two-outs, Rony Rodriguez hit a blooper into right to score Mederos and make it a 2-1 game. Shortstop Melchionda caught a line drive to end the inning.

The `Canes tied the game in the fifth as Mederos tallied a one-out double down the left-field line and scored on a hard-hit single up the middle by Dale Carey. Peter O'Brien hit the next one up the middle, but Melchionda ranged over and ended it on a 6-3 double play.

While the Eagle bats stayed hot, recording 10 hits through seven innings, the Miami defense made key stops to keep BC off the boards. Melchionda crushed one to left, but left fielder Rodriguez made a running catch, slamming into the wall for the third out in the fifth. In the sixth, the Eagles had runners on first and second, but Whaley caught the hard-hit line drive off the bat of sophomore John Hennessy to end the inning.

The two teams wrap up the series on Sunday, March 11 at 1 p.m.

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