Baseball Drops Series to No. 30 North Carolina
April 6, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team lost, 12-2, to No. 30 North Carolina on Sunday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. The Tar Heels (18-13, 7-8 ACC) took two-of-three from the Eagles (10-20, 2-13 ACC) in the weekend series.
After UNC jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, BC tied the game, but could not hold on and the Heels added seven runs in the sixth, capitalizing on Eagles' misplays in the field.
Sophomore Joe Cronin was 2-for-3 with a run, while classmate Chris Shaw was 2-for-4, also scoring a run. Both have tallied at least one hit in the last five games. Sophomore Logan Hoggarth and senior Tom Bourdon recorded the RBIs for the Eagles.
Sophomore starter RHP Jeff Burke (0-4) allowed eight hits, five runs - four earned - three walks and struck out three over 5.1 innings. Sophomores RHP John Nicklas and LHP Jesse Adams pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings, respectively, each recording one K.
North Carolina right-handed starter Zac Gallen (3-2) went five innings, allowed five hits, two runs, one walk and struck out three. Reilly Hovis picked up the save, going the final four innings without surrendering a hit or run, walking one and striking out three.
The Heels got on the board early, tallying a run in the first. Burke loaded the bases on two hits and a walk and Tom Zengel plated one run with a sac fly. Landon Lassiter grounded to short, allowing Cronin to flip to junior Blake Butera for the second out before the second baseman threw onto first to attempt the double play. The ball skipped away from senior first baseman John Hennessy so Wood Meyer, who tallied one of the singles, tried to score, but Hennessy retrieved the ball and threw home to track him down at the plate, keeping it a 1-0 game.
UNC added one run to make it 2-0 in the fourth. Adrian Chacon and Korey Dunbar tallied back-to-back one-out singles and moved into scoring position on a passed ball. Tyler Ramirez grounded one between first and second; Butera ranged over to make the grab and get the out at first, but Chacon crossed to the plate for the second Tar Heel run. Burke ended the inning with a strikeout looking.
The Eagles scored two in the fourth to even the score. Shaw led off by grabbing an extra base on a single when left fielder Parks Jordan overran the ball and Cronin followed with a base hit to put runners at the corners. Hoggarth singled to right center to make it a one-run game with no outs. Bourdon then flied to left to plate Cronin and tie the game before Hoggarth was thrown out at second, also trying to tag up. A groundout ended the inning, but BC had knotted the game.
UNC broke the game open in the sixth, scoring seven runs on five hits and two errors. Lassiter led off the inning with triple to center and Jordan brought him in on a base hit to right. Jordan landed on third after an infield single by Chacon, which Butera made a good diving grab but threw wide of first. Korey Dunbar hit a sacrifice fly to plate Jordan and with new pitcher senior lefty Steve Green on the hill, Chacon scored on a double by Ramirez. Green loaded the bases on an intentional walk and a hit by pitch and freshman right-hander Bobby Skogsbergh entered the game. Skye Bolt hit a fly ball to left that Hoggarth misjudged, allowing Bolt to reach and two runs to score. With two down, Lassiter came through for the Heels again, this time with a double to left to score two more and make it a 9-2 game.
The Heels added three more the following inning to take a 12-2 lead. They loaded the bases on a double and two infield singles before Nicklas entered the game. He forced Zengel to fly out without allowing a run in before Lassiter hit a deep fly to center, plating one. Jordan following with a single to right to score two more before Nicklas ended the inning with a strikeout.
The Eagles return to action on Tuesday, April 8 when they host Dartmouth at 3 p.m. at Pellagrini Diamond.