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GREENSBORO, N.C. - Sophomore Andrew Lawrence denied No. 10 Miami a run in the top of the 12th and then hit a two-run walk-off homer in the bottom half of the frame to lead the Boston College baseball team past the Hurricanes, 12-10, at NewBridge Bank Park.
The game was a dramatic one as it entered the ninth inning tied, but Miami put up five runs thanks in part to a Zeke DeVoss grand slam. BC fought back with five runs of its own in the bottom half to send the game into extra innings.
Three-straight singles capped by an RBI base hit from senior Robbie Anston gave BC its first run of the frame with one out. A fielder's choice brought another run home and then junior Mickey Wiswall walked to bring senior John Spatola, the tying run, to the plate with two outs. Spatola delivered, launching a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right-center to tie the game.
It was his second game-tying home run in as many days as he hit a two-run shot to deadlock the contest yesterday against No. 1 Virginia in the seventh inning.
The two teams traded zeros in the 10th and 11th innings before some more dramatic action came in the 12th. The Hurricanes' Stephen Perez walked with two outs and stole second to get into scoring position, then Frankie Ratcliffe hit a ball past sophomore Anthony Melchionda at third. Lawrence came up slinging in left field and threw a missile right on target to junior Garret Smith at home to cut off the run on a bang-bang play.
In the Eagles' part of the 12th, freshman Matt Watson walked with one out to bring Lawrence to the plate, who launched the first pitch he saw over the wall in right for the walk-off win. It was his first career walk-off hit at BC.
The 12-inning affair was full of clutch home runs from the Eagles. Along with Spatola's and Lawrence's round-tripper, Watson hit a solo home run in the seventh to put BC ahead, 5-4.
Lawrence, Watson, senior Robbie Anston and sophomore Brad Zapenas all had two hits for BC (30-27). Anston had a double and two RBI while Zapenas scored twice. Smith went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run.
Junior Kevin Moran got the win in relief, pitching 3.1 innings of no-hit baseball. He allowed a walk and also struck out a batter. Classmate Dave Laufer threw 2.2 innings and allowed one run on one hit. Sophomore Mike Dennhardt had a solid start, tossing 5.0 innings and allowing four runs on seven hits.
BC closes out round robin play on Friday when it faces No. 13 Florida State live on NESN.
The Eagles took an early 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Anston was swinging at the first pitch and rocked a double off the wall in right and junior Matt Hamlet sacrificed him over to third. Wiswall hit a soft chopper to Chris Hernandez on the mound but his throw went into the right field bullpen, allowing Anston to score and Wiswall to move all the way to third. Spatola brought him in with a groundout to short.
BC put up another two spot in the bottom of the fifth to build a 4-0 lead. Watson led off with a single and after a fielder's choice, Zapenas reached on an infield single to put a pair on base. Smith doubled down the third base line for a run and then Anston drove in another run with a groundout to second.
Miami tied the game in the top of the sixth by putting up four runs. Yasmani Grandal broke up the shutout with a solo home run to lead off the inning. Harold Martinez singled on the next at-bat and Chris Pelaez walked to bring the tying run to the plate. Nathan Melendres hit an RBI single to make it 4-2 and then a sac bunt put both runners in scoring position. DeVoss made it a one-run game with a sac fly to left and then Stephen Perez tied it with an RBI single.
Watson gave BC the lead back in the bottom of the seventh when he led off with a solo home run down the line in right on a 2-2 count.
Miami tied the game again in the top of the eighth with a run before posting five runs in the ninth. Scott Lawson led off with a single and Grandal hit a single to the hole at short on a hit and run to put runners on the corners. Martinez drove in Lawson with a single up the middle and then a sac bunt put two more in scoring position. A walk loaded the bases and DeVoss brought them all home with a grand slam on a 3-1 pitch, setting up BC's dramatic ending.
Grandal went 3-for-5 for the `Canes (40-16) with the solo homer and two runs, while DeVoss drove in five runs. Hernandez threw 6.2 innings as the starter, allowing five runs - three earned - on six hits.