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Baseball Downed by BC on Ninth Inning Home Run

Max McDowell drove in two of UConn's four runs.

April 2, 2013

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STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut baseball team lost to Boston College, 7-4, on a three-run home run by freshman DH Chris Shaw in the top of the ninth inning at J.O. Christian Field on Tuesday afternoon.  The Huskies fell to 16-10 on the year as the Eagles snapped a 15-game losing streak to improve to 4-22.

Junior first baseman John Hennessy singled to lead of BC’s ninth and stole second, but was out at third on a groundball hit to senior second LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.), who elected to cut-down the lead runner.  After a walk, Shaw came to the plate, against senior RHP Dan Feehan (Nashua, N.H.) and hit a two-strike pitch deep to right field and over the fence for his second homer of the game.

Boston College got to UConn lefty starter Christian Colletti (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) early with two runs in the first and another in the third.  Colletti soon settled in and went a career-long seven innings; allowing four runs on four hits and three walks to go with six strikeouts.

The Huskies took a brief lead in the sixth inning on a two-run, bases loaded single to center by freshman catcher Max McDowell (North Huntington, Pa.).  McDowell went 2-for-4 on the day.

The Eagles tied the game at four in the top of the seventh on Shaw’s first home run of the game, also hit to right field.

For Connecticut, redshirt-senior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) went 2-for-5 with two steals.

Feehan (1-3) took the loss in two innings of relief.  He gave up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out two.  The win went to sophomore RHP John Gorman (2-3) for BC.  He pitched 3.1 innings of shutout ball, despite allowing four hits and a walk to go with three strikeouts.

Freshman righty Jeff Burke lasted just 3.1 innings in the start for Boston College; giving up two runs on four hits and a walk.

The Huskies outhit the Eagles for the game, 9-6, and committed zero errors to BC’s two.

Connecticut plays its third consecutive mid-week game tomorrow as it visits Yale for a 3:30 pm first pitch.

Game Notes:
- UConn’s lead in the all-time series with BC is now 63-52.
- BC leads the series 6-4 since leaving the BIG EAST after the 2005 season.
- Connor Shaw became the first opponent to hit two home runs against UConn since Tommy La Stella (Coastal Carolina) in the 2011 NCAA Clemson Regional.
- The Husky defense turned multiple double plays in a game for the seventh time this season.
- Billy Ferriter stole two bases to lift his season total to 17 and his career total to 90.