Baseball Falls to No. 10 North Carolina, 4-1
May 6, 2012
Chapel Hill, N.C. - The Boston College baseball team lost to 10th-ranked North Carolina, 4-1, in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. The Eagles (20-29, 9-18 ACC) were outhit by the Tar Heels (34-13, 16-8 ACC), 11-3, and left 11 runners on base.
A trio of three freshmen worked from the mound for BC. Right-handed starter Eric Stone (1-3) shouldered the loss, going three innings, allowing five hits and three runs. Left-hander Tyler Hinchliffe came in to relieve him and went 1.1 innings, allowed five hits, one run, one walk and a strike out. Righty John Gorman pitched the final 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit. He walked one batter and struck out one.
The Heels' left-handed starter Hobbs Johnson (4-1) earned the win, going 5.1 innings, allowing just two hits, one run, five walks and he struck out seven. Right-hander Michael Morin earned his 13th save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
UNC was the first to get on the board, tallying a run in the second after Stone retired the Heels in order in the first. Cody Stubbs knocked a one-out single to center and moved to second another base hit. Adam Griffin singled to right center to plate Stubbs and give UNC a 1-0 lead.
BC threatened in the second, loading the bases with one out on a hit by pitch, single and walk, but two straight Ks left the Eagles scoreless.
The Tar Heels added two more in the third on back-to-back doubles and a sac fly by Colin Moran.
The Eagles got one back in the fourth on Payne's lead-off solo shot, as he launched one over the left-field wall for his fifth of the season.
UNC scored again in the fourth as Brian Holberton walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Griffin drove him in on a two-out blooper to right center to make it 4-1, Carolina lead.
The Eagles return to Shea Field to host Fordham in a two-game series beginning on Saturday, May 12 at 4 p.m.