UNC Baseball Sweeps Boston College


No.15 UNC Completes 3 game sweep of Boston College with excellent performances from the pitching staff.

UNC baseball hosted Boston College in a 3 game weekend series at home. Carolina came into the series looking for some momentum heading into the end of the season and the beginning of the postseason. Most importantly, UNC looks to sharpen up their play for the ACC tournament. After the Boston College series they have two more weekend series(Notre Dame, and Virginia) as well as some mid-week match ups with some smaller schools including UNCW.

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Day 1: UNC started Zac Gallen on Friday night after a rough start a weekend ago against Virginia Tech where he had to be pulled from the game in the 6th inning. Gallen looked like a completely different pitcher this weekend, he hit all of his spots and pitched an absolutely phenomenal game. Gallen only allowed 3 hits in his second complete game shoutout. Mike King of Boston College also pitched a great game only giving up 1 run against a hot Carolina offense.

Boston College started a comeback effort in the bottom of the 9th. It started with Gallen striking out Johnny Adams before walking Jake Palomaki. Then Gallen gives up a single to Blake Butera after only allowing 2 hits all game. Following a quick fly out Boston College then loads the bases with a walk by Michael Strem. With the Bases loaded and 2 outs Donovan Casey shoots a line drive into what looks to be right field but UNC first baseman Joe Dudek makes a great backhanded stop and beats Casey to first base to secure the win for UNC.

Day 2: After an intense pitching duel on Friday night Carolina sends J.B. Bukauskas to the mound to try to keep up the great pitching. Bukauskas did just that by pitching 7 scoreless innings against the Eagles.

UNC was finally able to get on the scoreboard in the 4th inning after leaving 5 runners on base in the first 3 innings. The 4th inning started with a Logan Warmouth single, he was then moved to second on a ground out. With a runner on second Zach Gahagan sent a shot up the middle to score Warmouth and give the Tar Heels the 1 run lead. Joe Dudek and Skye Bolt both had RBI singles to add to the UNC lead and make it 3-0. In the Bottom of the 6th Lassiter hits a RBI double to make it 4-0 Carolina.

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That would give Bukauskas more than a comfortable lead to work with as he shut down the Boston College offense. Trevor Kelly would come in for relief and continue to move through the Eagles offense in the 8th and 9th innings. The only run Boston College was able to produce was of a Carolina throwing error in the top of the 9th inning. Bukauskas picked up his first win since March 14 against Pitt.

Day 3: UNC comes into Sunday looking for the 3 game sweep of Boston college and their 6th straight win. Benton Moss takes the mound on Sunday and keeps the good pitching rolling for the Heels. Moss pitches 8 scoreless innings and only allows 2 hits for a struggling Eagles offense.

Korey Dunbar hit a 2 run home run in the 6th scoring Tyler Ramirez, that is Dunbar’s sixth home run of the season. Tyler Ramirez also hit a solo home run showing how much the Heels offense is heating up heading into the end of the season and nearing the ACC tournament. The Tar Heels won the game by a final score of 6-0.

With Moss’s 6 strikeouts on Sunday he becomes one of three other pitchers in Carolina history to reach 300 strikeouts. Moss improves to 6-0 on the year and debatably one of the best pitchers in Carolina’s rotation.

Carolina has won six straight games and plays UNC Greensboro on Tuesday before taking a seven-day break for exams. Carolina looks to be heating up just at the right time and could do some serious damage in this years ACC tournament and throughout the rest of the postseason.