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Baseball Drops Close Battle to No. 10 North Carolina

Hennessy is batting 4-for-5 against the Heels.

Hennessy is batting 4-for-5 against the Heels.

May 5, 2012

Final Stats

Chapel Hill, N.C. - The Boston College baseball team fell, 6-5, to 10th-ranked North Carolina in a rain-delayed affair at Boshamer Stadium on Saturday. BC outhit UNC, 13-9.

The Eagles (20-28, 9-17 ACC) held a 5-2 lead after four, but play was stopped for four hours and 35 minutes due to rain. When the game resumed, the Tar Heels (33-13, 15-8 ACC) scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game, and then took the lead in the seventh.

Five Eagles tallied two hits, including senior Andrew Lawrence, who was 2-for-3 with a run, RBI and walk, and sophomore John Hennessy, who was also 2-for-3 with an RBI. Sophomore Blake Butera tallied two RBIs on the night.

Senior RHP Kyle Prohovich (1-2) recorded the loss, going 2.2 in relief, allowing the winning run, one hit, six walks and two strikeouts. Sophomore right-hander Eric Stevens started the game and went 3.1 innings, allowed four hits, two runs and four walks.

Chris O'Brien (1-2) earned the win in 1.1 innings of relief. He did not give up a hit, walk or run and struck out one. Michael Morin earned his 12th save of the season, pitching the final 1.1 innings, allowing one walk and striking out two. Starter Benton Moss lasted only 1.2 innings, allowed all three BC runs, six hits, one walk and struck out one.

The Eagles struck first, scoring three runs on five hits to take an early 3-0 lead in the second. Senior Anthony Melchionda and junior Rob Moir led off with back-to-back singles and Lawrence plated one with a double down the left-field line. A fielder's choice moved Lawrence to third as Moir was tagged out and sophomore John Hennessy drove him on a infield single over the pitcher's head. With the bases loaded, Butera laced one through the left side for the Eagles' third run.

UNC got one run back in the bottom of the inning on sac fly by Adam Griffin, scoring Cody Stubbs, who doubled and advanced to third on a groundout.

BC tacked two on in the fourth as junior Matt Paré was hit by a pitch to led off the inning and moved to second on a sac bunt by Hennessy. With two outs, senior Marc Perdios drove him in on a single to left. Perdios landed on second with the throw home and scored on a single by Butera, giving the Eagles a 5-1 lead.

The Heels tallied one in the fourth, loading the bases on a single, hit by pitch and walk and with senior reliever Matt Brazis in, Chaz Frank hit a slow roller to short, which Melchionda bare handed and threw to first for the second out. Another 63 groundout ended the fourth as Brazis kept the Eagles up, 5-2.

After the rain delay, North Carolina was able to tie the game at five in the bottom of the fifth. With senior left-hand reliever Nate Bayuk on the mound, Colin Moran reached second on an error and Jacob Stallings drove him in. Stallings scored on a grounder to short with one out, as Griffin just beat the throw to first which would have ended the inning on a double play. Parks Jordan tied the game with a single to left, scoring Griffin, who moved to second on a base hit. Bayuk ended the inning with a strikeout looking.

The Tar Heels took the lead in the seventh after Prohovich pitched a scoreless sixth with one K and the Eagles stranded runners on second and third in top of the inning. Tommy Coyle walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Brian Holberton drove him in on a double to right. Paré tagged out the runner trying to steal home for the third out.

The Eagles and Heels will wrap up the series on Sunday at noon. The game can be seen on ESPN 3.

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