Baseball Defeats Connecticut, 8-5
April 3, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team earned a 8-5 victory over Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field, breaking a 5-5 tie in the eighth inning to earn the win.
The Eagles (13-15) held an early 5-0 advantage, scoring all five in the second, but the Huskies (15-13) chipped away at the lead with runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, eventually tying the game. BC regained the edge with three runs in the eighth after a five-inning scoring draught.
Senior left-hander reliever Nate Bayuk (2-1) recorded the win, pitching 2.1 innings without allowing a run and striking one out. He gave up three hits and one walk. Senior righty Kyle Prohovich recorded his second save of the season, going one inning, allowing only one hit and recording one K. BC freshman starter RHP Eric Stone pitched 1.2 innings on a pitch count, allowed three hits and a walk and struck out one while a run did not cross the plate.
Freshman Blake Butera extended his hit streak to a team-long 10 games, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs and one run. Junior Rob Moir also extended his career-long hit streak to seven games, tallying two hits in four at bats.
Connecticut's Pat Butler (2-3) took the loss, going 5.1 innings, allowing seven hits, two runs, one earned run and striking out six. Starter Brian Ward lasted only 1.2 innings, gave up six hits, five runs, one walk and struck out two.
The Eagles had a big second inning, tallying five runs on five hits. Senior Spenser Payne and junior Matt Paré hit back-to-back singles and advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Payne tallied the first run of the game on another wild pitch and Paré moved up to third. He scored on an infield single by senior Marc Perdios. After sophomore Tom Bourdon drew a two-out walk, Butera doubled to left to score two. Junior Matt McGovern finished the BC scoring with a double off the wall in right center, plating Butera and giving the Eagles a 5-0 lead.
UConn tallied two runs in the fourth to make a 5-2 game. Eric Yavarone singled to drive in Tim Martin, who doubled to left a d with the bases loaded and freshman reliever John Gorman on the mound, Billy Ferriter hit a slow chopper to senior shortstop Anthony Melchionda, who had nowhere to throw with the speedy Ferriter hustling down to the bag.
LJ Mazzilli cut the Eagles' lead to two in the fifth with a lead-off home run over the left-field fence before Gorman could get a strike out and the Eagle defense could turn its second double play of the game.
UConn tied the game in the sixth as the first two Huskies walked and Ryan Fuller plated one on a single to left. Mazzilli doubled to right center to score the tying run before new pitcher Bayuk got the final out of the inning swinging.
BC threatened in the seventh as it loaded the bases with two outs. Butera singled through the left side and McGovern hit one back to Butler, whose high throw to second allowed both base runners to reach. With two outs, Moir chopped one in front of the plate and just beat the throw to first, hustling down the line. Payne flied out to center to end the scoring threat for the Eagles.
The Eagles retook the lead in the eighth putting runners on first and second with one out on back-to-back singles by Perdios and sophomore John Hennessy. Bourdon drove in the game-winning run on a double to shallow left, swinging at the first pitch from reliever Dan Feehan. They added two more on a fielding error by second baseman Mazzilli.
The Eagles will take on Harvard at 3 p.m. in Cambridge, Mass., on Wednesday, April 4.