Baseballl Falls in Series Opener to No. 30 UNC
April 4, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team lost, 7-0, to No. 30 North Carolina to open the conference series on Friday afternoon at Eddie Pellarini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. The Eagles (9-19, 1-12 ACC) could only tally three hits against the Tar Heels' (17-12, 6-7 ACC) starter, who threw a complete game.
Sophomores Chris Shaw and Joe Cronin, along with senior John Hennessy, were the only Eagles to notch hits off UNC right-hander Trent Thornton (6-1). He walked three and struck out five over nine innings.
BC right-handed starter junior John Gorman (2-5) allowed five runs on five hits, four walks and he struck out five over 4.1 innings. Redshirt sophomore lefty Tyler Hinchliffe pitched three innings of scoreless relief, allowing three hits, two walks and tying a career high with four Ks.
The Heels got on the board early, scoring two in the first off back-to-back hits. Wood Myers drew a one-out walk, followed by Skye Bolt's double to right. Tom Zengel drove both of them in with a double to right center before Gorman forced a groundout and a strikeout looking to end the inning.
UNC added another run in the second with two outs as Tyler Ramirez reached on an infield single, just beating shortstop Cronin's throw as he ranged over behind the mound to grab the slow chopper. Ramirez moved up to second on a stolen base, barely making it to the bag before freshman catcher Nick Sciortino's throw. Michael Russell singled to center to make it a 3-0 game.
After Gorman struck out two and Sciortino recorded a caught stealing to make quick work in the fourth, the Heels added three more on a homer by Zengel in the fifth. Gorman walked two with two outs before junior LHP Nick Poore entered the game. Zengel hit his fourth home run of the season over the right-field fence to give UNC a 6-0 lead. Poore got out of the inning with a groundout and a strikeout looking on three straight pitches.
In the sixth, Poore loaded the bases on a single and two walks. Hinchliffe came into the game and retired the first batter he faced with a strikeout swinging. Myers brought the seventh North Carolina run with a base hit through the left side. Hinchliffe then struck out the next two he faced to get the Eagles out of the inning.
The Eagles threatened in the ninth with runners on second and third after Hennessy led off with a single and pinch hitter redshirt sophomore Geoffrey Murphy drew a four-pitch walk. Redshirt sophomore Nick Colucci moved the runners into scoring position with a groundout, but they were stranded on a shallow fly ball to center and a strikeout to end the game.
BC had runners at the corners with one out on Shaw's and Cronin's singles in the fourth, but Thornton tallied a groundout and strikeout to get out of the jam. The Eagles left six men on base in the game.
The two team return to the diamond on Saturday, April 5 for a 1:30 p.m. matchup.