Tar Heels Take Doubleheader From BC
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- No. 1 North Carolina won its third consecutive series to open conference play Saturday when the Tar Heels swept a doubleheader from visiting Boston College, 11-0 and 5-2.
Landon Lassiter, Skye Bolt and Brian Holberton all totaled four hits in the sweep as Carolina improved to 21-1 on the year and 7-1 in ACC action. Boston College fell to 3-17 overall and 0-8 in conference play.
The Tar Heels and Eagles were locked in a tight contest in the opener before the Tar Heel bats came to life in the fifth inning. Mike Zolk tallied a RBI double in the three-run fifth before a sacrifice bunt that was misplayed by the Eagles allowed two more runs to score and give starter Kent Emanuel a lead which the junior left-hander would not relinquish.
Emanuel carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning as he allowed just one base runner, a leadoff error in the first, that Emanuel quickly erased with his sixth pickoff of the season. The Eagle finally broke through in the hit column with a two-out single in the fifth.
Carolina would blow the game open in the sixth inning when the Tar Heels sent nine men to the plate in a five-run inning with the big hit coming off the bat of Brian Holberton. The junior left fielder connected on his fourth home run of the season, a three-run blast to centerfield to put Carolina ahead, 7-0.
The Tar Heels added three more runs in the eighth as Colin Moran, Skye Bolt and Cody Stubbs drove in three consecutive runs with a single, bases loaded walk and sacrifice fly.
Emanuel would continue his mastery of the Eagles with three more scoreless innings in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings as he kept Boston College from getting a runner to second base. Reilly Hovis would come on to deliver a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the 11-0 win.
Emanuel improves to 4-1 on the year with the victory and in the process lowered his ERA to 1.17 on the year.
Leadoff man Chaz Frank, Landon Lassiter and Brian Holberton all tallied three hits apiece in the win, while Holberton drove in three runs and scored two more. Zolk also crossed the plate a pair of times in the rout.
The Tar Heels carried the momentum into the first inning of game two as Carolina took a 1-0 lead after the first half inning behind a Chaz Frank hit by pitch, a Colin Moran walk and a Skye Bolt RBI single.
The lead would not last long as the Eagles first three batters reached and tied the contest at 1-1 with a RBI double from Blake Butera.
Sophomore Benton Moss would settle down after the one-run first as he retired nine straight after the first three batters reached in the first.
The Tar Heels knocked out Boston College starter Andrew Chin with a two-run fourth inning all thanks to a two-out rally. Lassiter started the rally with a single through the left side before scorinng on a Colin Moran double that was sent off the right center field wall to put Carolina in front, 2-1.
Skye Bolt quickly made it a two-run lead pulled a ball past the shortstop and into left field to plate Moran and bump the score to 3-1.
The Eagles answered in the bottom half with a leadoff double and a single put runners on the corners with nobody out. A sacrifice fly would plate a run but Moss was able to record the final two outs and keep UNC in front, 3-2.
Moss would cruise from that point as he put the Eagles down in order in the fifth and sixth innings before working around a leadoff walk in the seventh for another scoreless frame after the Tar Heels added another run in the top half.
Michael Russell opened the seventh with a double into the left field corner and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on a squeeze bunt by Mike Zolk.
Sophomore right-hander Chris McCue came on in relief of Moss to open the eighth and forced a pair of fly outs and a strike out in the eighth before sitting down the side in order in a 1-2-3 ninth for his first career save.
Moss improved to an ACC-best 6-0 on the year with the win on Saturday.
Moran, Bolt and Russell all tallied two hits in the nightcap with Bolt driving in a pair of runs from the cleanup spot.
Carolina was the road team in each contest despite hosting the series. The Tar Heels were scheduled to play at Boston College this weekend but were unable to due to field conditions in Boston.
The Tar Heels will go for the weekend sweep of Boston College on Sunday with first pitch set for 1 p.m. Junior left-hander Hobbs Johnson will take the mound for the Tar Heels.