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Baseball Earns Ninth Inning Win Over UConn, 6-5

Ruiz is 7 for his last 14 at the plate

Ruiz is 7 for his last 14 at the plate

April 10, 2006

Box Score

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Boston College overcame a three-run deficit to defeat UConn 6-5 on a Joseph Ayers sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth.

Jett Ruiz set up the game-winning run by ripping a double to right field and Ayers gave the home team the win by driving in Ryan Akel who had entered the game to pinch run.

The Eagles captured an early lead in the bottom of the first when Ryan Hutchinson ripped a single to center that was misplayed and allowed him to get to third base. Jared McGuire followed with a sac fly to center to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.

BC starter Michael Wanamaker held the Huskies scoreless until the fourth when Pat Mahoney drilled a two-run homer to left, and an RBI single by Dale Brannon gave UConn a 3-1 lead.

The Huskies made the score 4-1 in the when Larry Day drove home Austin Wasserman in the fifth inning.

Johnny Ayers reached to start the BC sixth when he was hit by a pitch. Hutchinson then reached on an error and Ayers advanced to third on the throw. McGuire sent Hutchinson to third on a groundout, and Shawn McGill followed with a double to left, scoring both runners. The next batter, Dave Preziosi, tied the score at 4-4 with a single to left center.

The teams traded runs in the seventh to make the score 5-5, setting up the Ayers heroics in the last inning. The Eagles move to 17-15-1 on the season, while the Huskies fall to 20-10.

BC will host Harvard tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Shea Field before heading to Virginia for a three game series this weekend.

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