Baseball Hosts No. 30 North Carolina
April 3, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team welcomes No. 30 North Carolina to Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field for a three-game series beginning on Friday, April 4 at 2:30 p.m. The Eagles (9-18, 1-11 ACC) will host the Tar Heels (16-12, 5-7 ACC) in the first Atlantic Coast Conference series at Pellagrini Diamond.
Boston College comes into the weekend series after notching two non-conference wins earlier in the week. On Tuesday, BC tallied a 2-1, walk-off win against Connecticut in the first game at Pellagrini Diamond. Redshirt freshman Luke Fernandes earned his first career win, throwing the final 3.1 innings with a run or walk, striking out two and giving up just one hit. On Wednesday, the Eagles rallied from a four-run deficit to beat UMass, 7-6, at home behind the arms of junior Nick Poore, freshman Bobby Skogsbergh and sophomore John Nicklas, who pitched shutout baseball for the final six innings. Skogsbergh tallied his third win while Nicklas picked up his second save.
Junior right-hander John Gorman (2-4, 3.68 ERA) will start the series for the Eagles. While he lasted only three innings against No. 1 Florida State in his last outing, he allowed just one run, two hits, two walks and struck out four over six innings against Wake Forest the week before. North Carolina will throw righty Trent Thornton (5-1, 2.02 ERA). On Saturday, redshirt sophomore LHP Andrew Chin (2-1, 1.95 ERA) will face RHP Benton Moss (2-1, 3.23 ERA). Chin tied a career high with eight Ks against the Noles over 7.1 innings, allowed just three hits, two runs and two walks in his last outing. He is fourth in the ACC with a .171 opponent batting average and his ERA ranks sixth. On Sunday, BC will throw sophomore right-hander Jeff Burke (0-3, 4.36 ERA), who has only allowed five extra-base hits in 2014 and all were doubles. The Tar Heels' starter is undetermined.
North Carolina is coming off a 9-4 win against UNC Wilmington on Tuesday, snapping a six-game losing streak, which included the Heels being swept at Duke over the weekend. UNC leads the all-time series with Boston College, 16-1, dating back to 2006, when the Eagles joined the ACC. BC's lone win came at home in 2009 when the Eagles took the first game of the series against the fourth-ranked Tar Heels. In all 17 meetings between the two squads, the Heels have been ranked in the top 10, including last year's No. 1 ranking. Last year, the series was moved to Chapel Hill after a late-season snow storm hit Chestnut Hill making Pellagrini Diamond unplayable. The Eagles still earned last at bats, but dropped a doubleheader to the Heels. The third game was canceled due to rain.