Thursday, May 27, 2010

BC beats Miami, or How I learned to stop worrying and love the walk-off bomb

It took a lot of home runs, but Boston College slugged their way to an ACC Tournament victory in Greensboro on Thursday.

Behind Mike Dennhardt, Boston College climbed out to a 4-0 lead, which evaporated in the 6th inning following a Miami home run and a bullpen fold.  BC got the lead back in the 7th on a home run, but gave it back in the top of the 8th.  The score was 5-5.

In the 9th, Miami spanked BC's bullpen for 5 runs, taking a 10-5 lead into the bottom of the 9th.  After a few timely hits, John Spatola hit a 3-run, 2-out home run to tie the game, eventually forcing extra innings.  The two teams would remain 10-10 in the 10th and 11th.

In the top of the 12th, Andrew Lawrence (remember that name for a moment) gunned down a Miami baserunner at home plate trying to score from second on a base hit.  This play ended the inning.  Andrew Lawrence's next big play would end the game, as he hit a two-run no-doubt home run in the bottom of the 12th to seal Boston College's 30th victory of the season.

The implications of this win are monstrous.  Having just beaten a Top 15 team (with a chance to beat another ranked team tomorrow), the Eagles may have just sealed their bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.  All will be revealed in a few days, but this was a crucial win and one hell of a ball game if I do say so myself.

Boston College may not be the best team out there, but they do not quit.  They went down to the wire with the #1 team in the nation yesterday and fought from 5 runs down to beat another very good team in Miami.  Their play in this ACC Tournament so far will be a big benefit to their tournament chances.

No comments:

Post a Comment