Baseball Fall to No. 10 North Carolina
May 4, 2012
Chapel Hill, N.C. - The Boston College baseball team dropped the first of a three-game series to 10th-ranked North Carolina, 15-1, on Friday evening at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels (32-13, 14-8 ACC) outhit the Eagles (20-27, 9-16 ACC), 16-9. BC left 10 runners on base throughout the night.
Junior RHP Hunter Gordon (2-6) gave up a career-high 12 hits, 13 runs and 12 earned runs. He walked two and struck out one in 4.0 innings. Sophomore Matt Alvarez pitched the final three innings of relief and did not give up a run. He struck out two, walked one and allowed two hits.
North Carolina starter LHP Kent Emmanuel (6-3) pitched six scoreless innings, allowed five hits, two walks and struck out seven.
Freshman Tyler Hinchliffe extended his career-long hit streak to five games with a single in the fifth. Sophomore Tom Bourdon was 2-for-3 with a walk, while classmate John Hennessy came in as a pinch hitter and went 2-for-2 with an RBI.
Hennessy scored the Eagles' run in the eighth when sophomore Blake Butera led off with a single, advanced to second on senior Anthony Melchionda's base hit, moved over to third on a fielder's choice and Hennessy brought him home on a base hit past the first baseman.
The Tar Heels tallied the first run of the game in the first, as Chaz Frank singled through the left side to start the game, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a fielding error.
The Heels broke open the game in the second, scoring eight runs on seven hits. Frank tripled with the bases loaded to bring in three and he crossed the plate on a single by Michael Russell. Cody Stubbs put UNC up, 9-0, with a three-run jack over the right-center fence before Gordon recorded three straight outs.
UNC added two more in the third and two in the fourth to take a 13-0 lead. In the third, Colin Moran doubled with runners on first and second to bring one in and Jacob Stallings grounded out to give the Heels an 11-0 lead. In the fourth, Frank hit a two-out, bloop single to right to score runners from second and third.
The Eagles stranded two in the fifth and the sixth and North Carolina came back to score two more in the sixth off freshman left-hand reliever Nick Poore. Stubbs laced one over Hinchliffe's head, who made a leaping stab, but could not come up with it, allowing two to cross the plate.
The two team return to Boshamer Stadium for a 2 p.m. game on Saturday, May 5.