April 3, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Two big innings proved all that was needed for Boston College as the University of Connecticut baseball team fell 8-5 in non-conference action on the road, Tuesday afternoon. The Eagles scored five runs in the second and three in the eighth dropping the Huskies to 15-13 overall, while BC improved to 13-15.
Trailing 5-0 after two, UConn got on the board with a pair of runs in the fourth. Freshman left fielder Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) drove in the first run with a single through the right side. Later in the inning, redshirt-junior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) beat out a groundball to short with the bases loaded, scoring senior DH Tim Martin (Stratford, Conn.).
Connecticut trimmed the lead to 5-3 in the top of the fifth when junior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) put his seventh homerun of the season over the wall in left field.
In the sixth, senior first baseman Ryan Fuller (Old Lyme, Conn.) brought the Huskies within one on a line drive base knock to left field, scoring redshirt-senior Joe Pavone (Rochester, N.Y.) from second. UConn tied the game on a pop-fly off Mazzilli's bat that landed in shallow right for an RBI single.
Junior right-hander Pat Butler (Chatham, N.J.), who came on for the start of the third, began his sixth inning of work in the eighth. After getting one out, Butler allowed back-to-back singles and was pulled. Boston College sophomore center fielder Tom Bourdon then drove in the eventual game-winning run on a double just inside the third base bag. The Eagles went on to add two more runs on a botched play by the UConn first and second basemen.
Martin and Pavone each singled in the ninth, bringing the tying run to the plate. With one out, Yavarone grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, ending the game.
Butler pitched 5.1 innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on seven hits, while striking out six. Sophomore lefty Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) gave up five runs on six hits in just 1.2 innings pitched in the start.
For Boston College, freshman right-hander Eric Stone only lasted 1.2 innings in the start and senior lefty Nate Bayuk (2-1) was credited with the win. Bayuk pitched 2.1 innings of shutout ball out of the pen and was succeeded by senior Kyle Prohovich in the ninth, who earned the save.
On the day, UConn and BC were deadlocked at 14 hits apiece. Martin went 4-5 for the Huskies, while Mazzilli was 3-5 with two RBI. Freshman second baseman Blake Butera went 3-5 with two RBI and a run for the Eagles.
Connecticut takes the field again on Thursday for the first of three in a BIG EAST series at Pittsburgh, beginning at 3:00 pm.