No. 4 North Carolina Takes Game Two From Baseball, 16-10
May 15, 2009
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Six different Tar Heels drove in two or more runs as No. 4 North Carolina defeated the Boston College baseball team, 16-10, on Friday at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.
Dustin Ackley led the way for UNC (40-14, 18-10 ACC) by going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a homer, four runs and four RBI. Kyle Seager also went 4-for-5 with four runs and two RBI. Garrett Gore had a 3-for-5 day with a double and two RBI while Ryan Graepel went 2-for-5 with three RBI. Four other Tar Heels drove in two runs apiece.
For the Eagles (31-22, 13-14 ACC), sophomore Matt Hamlet went 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI while junior Tony Sanchez had two hits and three RBI. Junior Robbie Anston went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs while sophomore Mickey Wiswall and freshman Anthony Melchionda both had two hits, a double and an RBI.
Brian Moran improved to 7-1 with the win on the mound after throwing 3.0 innings in relief. He allowed one run and struck out four. Patrick Johnson picked up the save when he entered a two-run ball game in the seventh. He allowed two unearned runs in his outing.
Boston College played catch-up all day and came as close as two runs in the seventh inning, but North Carolina scored four times in the eighth and twice in the ninth to secure the win. The Eagles left 14 runners on base in the game.
North Carolina opened the game with four runs in the top of the first - all with two outs - to take the early lead. Gore singled to center on a 1-2 pitch to drive in the first run and then Mark Fleury walked on the next at-bat to load the bases. Graepel fell behind 1-2 but sliced a single to right and then the ball got past the right fielder which allowed the bases to clear to give UNC a 4-0 advantage.
The Eagles got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning. Anston forced a full count and then doubled to the gap in left to leadoff the frame. Redshirt freshman Andrew Lawrence did his job and moved Anston over to third on a groundout and then Sanchez singled on a 2-0 offering for BC's first run.
Boston College produced another run in the bottom of the second with two down. After Adam Warren struck out the first two batters, junior John Spatola hit a ball sharply up the middle that the second baseman couldn't backhand and then he reached second on a wild pitch. Anston then pulled a single through the left side of the infield for an RBI to cut the lead in half, 4-2.
The Tar Heels got one of those runs back in the top of the third on an RBI double from Gore to push the lead back to three runs, 5-2.
BC matched its first two innings with another run in the third. Wiswall and junior Barry Butera both hit singles to put runners on first and second with one away. The pair got into scoring position with a double steal and then Hamlet plated a run with an RBI infield single.
UNC pushed across five runs in the top of the sixth to pull ahead by seven. After the Tar Heels loaded the bases with no outs, Mike Cavasinni reached and two runs scored when a grounder to first took a vicious hop. Ackley then doubled to right field for another run to push the lead to 8-3.
Seager stepped to the plate next and roped a single through the right side of a drawn-in infield for two more runs to extend the lead to 10-3.
The Eagles tacked on another run in the sixth but left the bases loaded with nobody out. Hamlet and senior Harry Darling hit consecutive singles to leadoff the frame and then Melchionda drove an 0-1 pitch the opposite way for a double down the right field line and a run. Anston then wore a fastball in the back to load the bases with nobody out, but the Tar Heels got out of the inning without any more damage.
BC made it a game when it scored four times with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to pull within two runs. Butera and Hamlet hit consecutive singles with one down and then after the second out was recorded, Melchionda sent a pitch up the middle that hit the pitcher for a single that loaded the bases. Anston walked on four pitches and Lawrence was hit by a pitch to bring home two runs to make it 10-6.
Sanchez then fell behind in the count 1-2 but singled to center to add two more runs to pull BC within a pair, 10-8.
UNC responded with four runs of their own in the top of the eighth to put the game out of reach, highlighted by an Ackley three-run home run. The Tar Heels also scored two more times in the top of the ninth to take a 16-8 lead.
BC produced two more runs in the bottom of the ninth. Freshman Spenser Payne led off with a walk and after a strikeout, Sanchez reached on a fielder's choice and Payne was safe at second when the second baseman dropped the throw. Wiswall then hit the wall in right-center for a double and a run and junior Mike Belfiore got the other run in with a groundout to short.
The rubber match of the series will be played on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. Boston College will honor seniors Mike Augustine, Darling, JB MacDonald and Matt O'Brien prior to their last game in Chestnut Hill.