April 1, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - Boston College put together a two-run ninth inning to slip past the University of Connecticut baseball team 5-4 on Wednesday afternoon in non-conference action at J.O. Christian Field.
Senior David Erickson took the mound in the top of the ninth for an opportunity to record his team-leading fifth save of the season but allowed two runs and one hit in the inning and threw a wild pitch to give the Eagles' the 5-4 lead.
The Huskies drop to 12-13 on the year with the loss, while Boston College improves to 17-9 overall as the Eagles' Mike Belfiore earned his second win of the season after two innings thrown and one strikeout.
UConn senior Matt McDonald had another stellar outing for the Huskies, striking out eight in seven innings of work as he made his third start of the year for the Huskies' ballclub. Dusty Odenbach (Rochester, N.Y.) came into the game in the eighth inning and allowed one hit and one walk before striking out two in one inning thrown.
Boston College had seven pitchers throw in today's game as both Matt O'Brien and Dave Laufer allowed two earned runs and one walk each.
UConn started off the game taking a two-run lead in the second inning as George Springer (New Britain, Conn.) walked with one out on the board then scored on Mike Nemeth's (Washington, N.J.) second homerun of the season.
In the fourth, Boston College tied the game as a single by Andrew Lawrence led off the inning for the Eagles. Lawrence later scored on a Tony Sanchez blast over the left field wall to knot the score at two.
The Huskies answered back with another two-run inning in the fifth as Nick Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) hit a one out homer over the outfield wall to give UConn a 3-2 lead. After a Pierre LePage (Wolcott, Conn.) single up the middle, a Matt Burnett (Endicott, N.Y.) walk and Mike Olt (Branford, Conn.) being hit by a pitch to load the bases, junior Peter Fatse (Hampden, Mass.) forced a two-out walk to earn his 22nd RBI of the season.
Boston College was able to get one run back in the top of the sixth as Sanchez recorded the Eagles' second homerun of the game with a solo shot to put his team within one.
After two scoreless innings and the victory just two outs away for the Huskies, Boston College rallied from behind to score two runs and slip past UConn 5-4 despite being out-hit by the Huskies 11-6.
Nemeth finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one run scored as both Ahmed and Olt added two hits a piece.
UConn will take on Seton Hall in its first BIG EAST Conference series on the road beginning on Friday, April 3 at 6:00 p.m. in South Orange, N.J. The second game of the three-game series will be on Saturday, April 4 at 1:00 p.m. followed by a noon match-up on Sunday, April 5 for the series finale.
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