BC BASEBALL’S Season Ends in ACC Tournament
The Eagles can’t muster runs against powerhouse UNC
Score: North Carolina 10, Boston College 0 (7 innings)
Records: North Carolina (45-11) vs. Boston College (25-28)
Location: Louisville Slugger Field in Louisville, Ky.
- Junior Jake Palomaki and senior Michael Strem logged the only two hits for the Eagles in the game.
- Junior Donovan Casey threw two innings of scoreless relief, not allowing a UNC hit, giving up one walk and striking out one.
- The Eagles did not record an error for the 24th time in 2017.
- Carolina mounted a 3-0 lead in the first and added one to take a 10-run lead after five.
- UNC pitchers kept the Eagles off the board for as BC was shut out for the sixth time this season.
- Due to the run rule, the game was shortened to seven innings.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Tar Heels scored three in the first to jump out to an early lead. Back-to-back singles put two on with no outs and Ashton McGee hit a triple off the wall to give UNC a 2-0 lead. Kyle Datres grounded out to make it a three-run game. With two down and runners on second and third, sophomore left-handed starter Dan Metzdorf got a strikeout swinging to end the inning.
- UNC made it a five-run lead in the third and forced Metzdorf from the game. Datres led off with a walk and with one down, Zack Gahagan doubled to left to plate Datres. Tyler Lynn singled through the right side to make it a 5-0 game. Junior RHP Brian Rapp came into the game and got a 543 double play to get out of the inning.
- Carolina took a 9-0 lead in the fourth. With the bases loaded and one out, Dates singled through the left side and Brandon Riley drew a bases-loaded walk. Gahagan hit a sac fly to deep center to score one and put runners on the corners. A wild pitch scored a run before Rapp got a grounder to get out of the inning.
- The Heels made it a 10-0 game the following inning. With one out, Michael Busch doubled and Brian Miller singled to bring in the 10th UNC run. Carolina loaded the bases with two outs on a base hit and a walk but Rapp got a grounder to second to get out of the jam.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- The Eagles move to 3-6 all-time in the ACC Tournament after falling to North Carolina in the teams’ first-ever meeting in the postseason.
- BC end the season 0-4 against UNC. The Eagles are 2-25 all-time against the Heels and are now 0-1 on neutral territory.
- Sophomore Gian Martellini finished the season with at least one hit in 42 of the 52 games played this season.
- Sophomore Jake Alu‘s career-long, nine-game hit streak came to an end. He finished the season with at least one hit in 19 of the final 23 games.
- Casey’s eight-game hit streak came to an end. It was his longest of the season.
- The Eagles’ 25 wins were the third-most under seventh-year head coach Mike Gambino. The 11 conference wins were the second most.
- The team’s .975 fielding percentage ranked fourth all-time in BC record books.
- The Eagles stole 75 bases this season, finishing fifth in BC record books.
- Senior Johnny Adams finished his career on 10 BC record lists. He tied for third for career games played (203) and career games started (201), seventh for at bats (696) and fourth for career sacrifice hits (24). His 41 double plays this season ranked third in single-season record books and his 149 assists tied for ninth.
- Senior Michael Strem finished his career second all-time with 58 doubles, tied for ninth with nine sac flies and tied for eighth with 93 walks. He reached base safely 295 times in his career, ninth in record books, while his at bats (716) ranked sixth, his 188 career games started tied for fourth and 190 games played tied for eighth.
- Junior Jake Palomaki drew 31 walks on the year, tying for 10th on the single-season list, while his 119 walks in his three-year career is first all-time. His .427 career on-base percentage is sixth all-time at BC, while his 41 career stolen bases is tied for sixth and his 17 career sacrifice hits is tied for ninth.
- Sophomore Jacob Stevens started 16 games this season, tied for first on BC’s single-season list. His 3.89 career ERA ranks ninth in BC record books.
- Junior RHP Donovan Casey‘s five saves tied for eighth on BC’s single-season record list.
- Junior Mitch Bigras‘ 417 putouts on the season ended No. 4 on the single-season list while his 40 double plays tied for fourth.
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