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Miami Dade Squeaks by BCC 2-1
April 13, 2013 - Sometimes the baseball doesn't bounce the right way, at least for one team.
That was the case on Saturday as Brevard Community College dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker to Miami Dade College at Bruce Bochy Field on the Melbourne Campus.
Miami Dade scored its two runs in the top of the ninth inning as designated hitter Jesus Pintado's third hit of the day went just over the glove of leaping BCC first baseman Matt Harris for the winning runs batted in.
But that wasn't the only bad break for BCC. The Titans had loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning only to see Miami Dade turn a triple play on a line drive from designated hitter David King.
Miami Dade first baseman Mario Amaral snagged the liner, stepped on first base to double off Harris and then threw to second baseman Mikal Hill to get T.J. Glessner.
BCC then left the bases loaded in the third inning when Chris Torres scored its only run on a wild pitch, and then saw Harris get thrown out at home – shortstop to catcher – on Jorge Gonzales' ground ball in the eighth.
The loss dropped BCC to 10-12 in the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference, setting up a two-game – Tuesday and Wednesday – showdown with Palm Beach State (12-10) for the right to host the conference tournament on Friday and Saturday.
BCC visits Palm Beach in Lake Worth on Tuesday and hosts Palm Beach at 5 p.m. Wednesday. BCC must win both games to grab second place by virtue of a tiebreaker. Otherwise Palm Beach will host the conference tournament.
Miami Dade, which improved to 18-4 in the conference, earlier locked up the automatic bid to the state tournament in May in Lakeland. The winner of the conference tournament between Broward College, BCC and Palm Beach State receives the second bid.
BCC managed just three hits on Saturday. BCC right-hander Taylor Brookes held Miami Dade to three hits over seven innings before departing for James Baggs. Baggs allowed one base runner in the eighth.
Derwin Roman - who took the loss - started the ninth inning for BCC but allowed three base runners without recording an out. Chris Gilmore then relieved and got one out before Pintado's decisive hit.
Gilmore induced a double play ground ball to get out of the inning. Roman Restrepo opened the bottom of the ninth with a single for BCC but the Titans could do no further damage.
"When you have bases loaded in the first inning and you hit the ball that hard and the luck of the draw was a triple play, and they dive with the bases loaded (in the third) and knock the ball down and it rolls right to the second baseman, there's not a lot you can do," said BCC head coach Jeff Tam said.
"They (Miami Dade) were very lucky today. We were resting some guys and we gave some guys some opportunities to move up on the pecking order and they didn't get it done. It is what it is.
"The games that are going to matter to us are Tuesday and Wednesday. If we can be fortunate enough to play good baseball like we have been we'll be the No. 2 seed and that's what we're looking for right now."
BCC has beaten Palm Beach once in four tries this season.