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BC stuns Miami in wild ACC tourney game

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  May 27, 2010 07:05 PM

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Boston College wins a wild one.

Andrew Lawrence's two-run homer in the 12th inning lifted BC past Miami 12-10 this afternoon at the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament in Greensboro, N.C.

BC Captain John Spatola belted a three-run home run to tie the game at 10-10 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning off Miami lefty Daniel Miranda.

In the 12th inning, BC's Matt Watson drew a one-out walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Philip Miclat. He came around to score when Lawrence hit a two-run walkoff homer to deep right field off Miami's Travis Miller for BC to seal the victory.

“Actually, I’d never done it before,“ Lawrence, a sophomore, said. “I’ve never had a walk-off hit of any kind before, and it’s indescribable. I can’t tell you how it felt with the ball going off the bat, and just knowing it’s out. It’s a great feeling.“

“Actually, I’d never done it before,“ Lawrence, a sophomore, said. “I’ve never had a walk-off hit of any kind before, and it’s indescribable. I can’t tell you how it felt with the ball going off the bat, and just knowing it’s out. It’s a great feeling.“

He was the star of the 12th inning. In the top half of the inning, he made a strong throw from his left field position to keep the ‘Canes off the board, and was greeted warmly after that half of the inning ended, including a bit of over excitement from assistant coach Jesse Woods.

“Coach Woods actually punched me in the face. By accident. So I was a little woozy,“ Andrews said with a laugh.

Andrews has just two home runs this season, but reminded of the stat, senior John Spatola dismissed it. “Those stats are misleading,“ he said. “He’s got some power.“

Miami had rallied from 4-0 and 5-4 deficits to tie the game at 5-5 going into the ninth inning. The Hurricanes scored 5 runs in the top of the ninth, powered by a Zeke DeVoss grand slam, but the Eagles rallied with five of their own in the bottom of the ninth to get the game into extra frames.

The No. 8 seeded Eagles are on the NCAA tournament bubble with at least one game remaining in Greensboro, against No. 5 Florida State on Friday at noon.

Information from the Richmond Times-Dispatch was used in this report.

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