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Miami Dade Holds Off BCC Baseball 7-4

March 29, 2013 - Nationally 10th-ranked Miami Dade College built a 6-1 lead and held off Brevard Community College's baseball team 7-4 on Friday night at Bruce Bochy Field on the Melbourne Campus.

The teams play again at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bruce Bochy Field. Admission is free.

Miami Dade, which sits in first place in the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference, improved its conference record to 12-2 and its overall record to 28-5. BCC fell to 6-9 in the conference, where it still holds the fourth and final postseason qualifying spot, and 18-17-1 overall.

Miami Dade outhit BCC 10-8 but BCC committed six errors. However, BCC did not have sole claim to sloppy play as Miami Dade allowed BCC's first three runs to score courtesy of a balk and two passed balls.

David King and Hunter Denning had two hits each for BCC, which refused to knuckle under to an aggressive, hard-nosed Miami Dade team.

"We made six errors, we should be lucky the score was 7-4," BCC head coach Jeff Tam said. "In the same sense, in tough situations we have to make tough pitches and we didn't do that. They got a few two-out hits and we let up and there's your result, we lost by three."

Miami Dade also stole six bases, which figured in three of its runs.

While three of BCC's runs were gift-wrapped no one was contemplating any returns.

"You take what you can get, it kept us within striking distance," Tam said. "We're going to have to buckle down and hit good pitching and we're going to have to field the ball."

Starting pitcher Kenton Hering took the loss for BCC.

Beyond Saturday's game BCC does not play again until 5 p.m. Friday when it hosts conference foe Broward College.