Baseball Drops Doubleheader to No. 1 North Carolina
March 23, 2013
Chapel Hill, N.C. - The Boston College baseball team lost two games, 11-0 and 5-2, to top-ranked North Carolina at Boshamer Stadium on Saturday after the series was relocated to Chapel Hill for the weekend. The Eagles (3-17, 0-8 ACC) were outhit, 27-8, by the Tar Heels (21-1, 7-1 ACC) in the two games.
In the first game, junior right-hander Eric Stevens (0-5) went 5.1 innings, allowed a career-high 12 hits and tied a career-high with eight runs, six of which were earned. He did not walk a batter and struck out two. Freshman Chris Shaw went 2-for-3 in the game.
UNC's left-handed starter Kent Emanuel (4-1) pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and no walks. He struck out seven.
North Carolina tallied 19 hits in the first game, the most the Eagles' pitching staff has allowed this season.
The Eagles started the game with great defense. With a runner on first, Colin Moran popped one up in foul territory and freshman shortstop Gabriel Hernandez chased it down, making the diving catch into the wall on the third-base line. The runner on first took off for second and freshman Joe Cronin made the throw to sophomore second baseman Blake Butera for the out to end the inning. In the third, Skye Bolt tried to move up to third on a ball in the dirt, but senior catcher Matt Paré was able to make the quick throw to catch the runner stealing and Cronin tallied the third out by diving to snag a line drive out of the air.
The teams played four scoreless innings before the Heels got on the board in the top of the fifth, taking a 3-0 lead. Cody Stubbs singled up the middle and with the hit and run on, Brian Holberton tallied a base hit through the right side to put runners on the corners with one out. Mike Zolt drove Stubbs in with a double over Cronin's head and a misplayed bunt toward first scored two more.
Shaw singled in the fifth to tally the Eagles' first hit on the afternoon, but UNC tacked on five more in the sixth to make it 8-0. Skye Bolt led with a double and came around to score on a single by Stubbs. With runners on first and third, Holberton homered over the right-center field fence to make it a 7-0 game. With senior right-handed reliever Hunter Gordon on the mound, runners on first and second and one out, Landon Lassiter grounded to Butera, but he overthrew the second-base bag, allowing the eighth run in.
In the eighth, with one out and the bases loaded, Colin Moran singled to center and Bolt drew a walk to score two more runs. With the bases loaded, freshman left fielder Logan Hoggarth caught a foul ball down the line for the second out, allowing a runner to tag up to make it an 11-0 game.
In the second game, five different Eagles tallied a hit while Butera and Shaw earned RBIs. Redshirt freshman LHP Andrew Chin (1-5) shouldered the loss, pitching four innings, allowing five hits, three runs - all earned - three walks and striking out one.
UNC RHP Benton Moss (6-0) went seven innings, allowed five hits, two runs - one earned - two walks and struck out six. Right-hander Chris McCue earned his first save, pitching the final two innings without allowing a run or hit, walking one and striking out two.
The Heels scored a run in the first as Chaz Frank was hit by a pitch to start the game. He moved up to second on a walk and scored when Bolt laced a base hit to center. BC tied the game in the bottom of the inning when junior John Hennessy led off with an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error by shortstop Michael Russell. Butera doubled to left to drive in his teammate and knot the game at one.
UNC went back up, 3-1, in fourth with two outs after Chin had retired five of the last six batters he faced. Lassiter singled through the left side and Moran drove him in on a double to center. He scored when Bolt tallied a base hit.
The Eagles got one back in the bottom of the frame when junior Tom Bourdon led off with a double to left and Paré nailed a base hit through the left side. Freshman Stephen Sauter moved Bourdon to third with a groundout and Shaw plated him with a sacrifice fly to left.
North Carolina added a run in fifth and one in the seventh. With freshman lefty reliever Jesse Adams on the hill in the fifth, Holberton smacked a one-out double to right and moved to third on a wild pitch. He scored on balk. In the seventh after classmate right-hander Jeff Burke had taken over for Adams, Russell led off with a double and moved up 90 feet on sac bunt. Graduate student LHP Nate Bayuk entered the game and Mike Zolk laid down another bunt, allowing Russell to score the fifth run for UNC.
The teams wrap up the season with a 1 p.m. game on Sunday, March 24 back at Boshamer.