Boston College fell to UNC in its first ACC semifinal appearance
DURHAM, N.C. – The Boston College baseball team was eliminated from the ACC Championship with a 13-5 decision to No. 17 North Carolina in the program’s first trip to the semifinals at Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Saturday. The Eagles fell to 31-27 on the season, while the Tar Heels improved to 41-17 and move on to Sunday’s championship game.
The first two Carolina batters of the game walked and scored in the bottom of the first and the Tar Heels went on to lead the whole way. UNC built a 7-1 lead after the fifth and thwarted a BC comeback by answering the Eagles’ four-run top of the sixth with three in the home half.
Junior right fielder Joe Suozzi (Glen Cove, N.Y.) led Boston College with a 3-for-4 day at the plate. Junior first baseman Jack Cunningham (South Riding, Va.)reached base three times, including a solo home run. Senior catcher Gian Martellini (Johnston, R.I.) added a 2-for-4 game.
Senior right-hander John Witkowski (Melrose, Mass.) made his third start of the season. Witkowski (1-1) allowed four runs in two-plus innings; leaving the game with two on and nobody out in the third.
Eagles Run Ends
Score: No. 17 North Carolina 13, Boston College 5
Records: North Carolina (41-17), Boston College (31-27)
Location: Durham Bulls Athletic Park (Durham, N.C.)
- Trailing 7-1 after five, Cunningham got the BC offense going with a solo home run in the top of the sixth.
- BC scored three more times in the sixth; including back-to-back two-out singles by Baldelli and Alu.
- Burns registered his first multi-RBI game of the season.
- Cunningham stole his seventh base of the season and 15th of his career.
- Cunningham hit his ninth home run of the season.
- Martellini hit his 12th double of the season and 38th of his career.
- Martellini picked up his 20th multi-hit game of the season and 50th of his career.
- Suozzi recorded his 11th multi-hit game of the season, third of the tournament and 15th of his career.
- BC is 5-7 all-time in the ACC Championship.
- BC is 11-22 when the opponent scores first.
- BC is 8-15 against ranked opponents this season.
The 2019 NCAA baseball tournament field will be revealed at noon ET on Monday, May 27. You can watch the 64-team bracket release on ESPNU or WatchESPN.