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Baseball Falls to No. 10 North Carolina, 4-1

Gorman pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Gorman pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless relief.

May 6, 2012

Box Score

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.

Senior Spenser Payne tallied the only run for the Eagles, hitting a lead-off homer in the fourth. Classmate Andrew Lawrence and junior Matt Paré also recorded hits.

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.

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