A long day of baseball turned out to be a great afternoon for the #4 North Carolina Tar Heels, as they battered Boston College pitching twice to take a doubleheader from the Eagles by scores of 16-4 in game one then 15-3 in game two.
Every mistake BC pitchers made Tar Heels batters jumped on. To say they were comfortable swinging the bat would be an understatement. Meanwhile, UNC pitching with the help of plenty of run support pounded the strike zone. It led to solid pitching performances from both starting pitching and the bullpen.
In game one coach Mike Gambino sent LHP Dan Metzdorf to the hill in an outing that would only last 2.2 innings. Carolina roughed him up pretty bad. It started in the very first inning after a leadoff single from Brian Miller and a walk to Ashton McGee. The Tar Heels received RBI singles from Kyle Datres and Brandon Riley to take a quick 2-0 lead.
In the Carolina second, they got a RBI base hit from Miller, three hits in the game, to make the score 3-0.
In the third Zack Gahagan took Metzdorf over the center field wall for a two-run HR, his fifth of the season, 5-0 Heels. It would be the end of the day for the BC starter but not for UNC offense.
John Witkowski came out of the Eagles bullpen to try to slow down the attack of North Carolina, instead, he gave up a three-run bomb to Kyle Datres, his fifth of the season to center field to make it 8-0. They would add one more on a double play ball hit by Brandon Matorano to make it 9-0.
Meanwhile, what Boston College could not get from their starting pitching Carolina was. RHP Luca Dalatri was mowing down Eagle hitters with ease, retiring the first nine hitters he faced before Jake Palomaki leading off the fourth inning single to RF. Dalatri went six very efficient innings giving up only three hits and one earned run to pick up win number three on the year.
Carolina tacked on seven more runs against the Eagle bullpen to make the final score 16-4 as they banged out 20 hits in the process.
Game two belonged to RHP Brian Rapp for BC, the results were no different. A sac fly from Ashton McGee got things started then UNC used a double steal to plate run number two with Kyle Datres scoring from third and Brandon Riley taking second, 2-0 Tar Heels.
They would score five more in the second with the big blow coming from Kyle Datres who smacked bases clearing double to left field, 5-0 Carolina. They added three more in the third on RBI double from Cody Roberts and run-producing singles from Tyler Lynn and Michael Busch, 10-0 through three.
Austin Berger was North Carolina’s game two starter and much like his game one counterpart, he did his job going five innings giving up two hits and one earned run to pick up win number three on the year.
Carolina added five more runs with one coming on a solo HR from Zack Gahagan his seventh of the campaign off Michael Strem in the seventh as Coach Gambino trying anyone on the hill to get outs.
For BC starter Rapp his line was ugly with three innings pitched, eleven hits allowed and ten earned runs off those hits. The final score in game two was 15-3 visitors as UNC improved to 26-6 and 12-3 in the ACC, while Boston College falls to 9-20 and 1-14 in league play.
BC will try to right the ship with a midweek game VS Harvard before spending Easter weekend at Duke
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