Baseball Travels to No. 1 North Carolina
March 22, 2013
Chapel Hill, N.C. - The Boston College baseball team was scheduled to host top-ranked North Carolina, but due to a snow-filled week, the Eagles will travel to Boshamer Stadium to take on the Tar Heels in a three-game series. With the change in schedule, the Eagles (3-15, 0-6 ACC) will start the 2013 ACC slate with three straight road series against top-15 conference opponents.
The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, March 23 starting at noon. The second game will start 40 minutes after the conclusion of the first. The third game of the series i at 1 p.m. The Eagles will be the "home" team for the weekend, taking the last at bats in all three games.
BC is looking for its first Atlantic Coast Conference victory after dropping a three-game set to fifth-ranked Florida State the first weekend of conference play and another three-game series at ninth-ranked Georgia Tech last weekend. Both in-state midweek games were postponed to later dates due to the weather. The Heels (19-1, 5-1 ACC) lost their first game of the year to Miami on Friday before taking the next two games of the series. On Tuesday, they defeated Princeton, 16-0, at home.
In the past two years, the Eagles are 2-4 against top-ranked teams. Last year, BC hosted No. 1 Florida State in Chestnut Hill, playing the Noles to two tight losses - 6-5 and 6-3 - before tallying a big, 17-6 victory on Sunday. In 2011, the Eagles hosted top-ranked Virginia and lost, 17-0, in the first game before earning a 5-4, 11-inning victory in game two. UVA took the series with a 4-0 win on Sunday.
While BC was supposed to open Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field this week after being on the road for the first 18 games of the season, it will have to wait until next week, the 22nd game of the season, to host a game. The Eagles will have traveled over 11,000 miles before playing on the friendly confides of Pellagrini Diamond.
BC has only one win against the Tar Heels since joining the ACC in 2006. Last year, the Heels swept the Eagles in Chapel Hill and before that, the two teams had not played each other since 2009, when the Maroon and Gold went 1-2 in Chestnut Hill. UNC swept BC from 2006-08. Last year, 10th-ranked UNC won all three games in at home with 15-1, 6-5 and 4-1 victories. Current junior John Hennessy led the team with four hits on the weekend, going 4-for-7 with two RBIs. Classmate Tom Bourdon had three hits, as did sophomore Blake Butera, who also tallied two RBIs. In the second game, BC 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 Heels scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game, and then took the lead in the seventh.
The Eagles will be the "home" team for the weekend, taking the last at bats in all three games.
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