Benton Moss crossed his fingers.
“We’re like this,” he said with a smile on his face.
The “we” Moss was referring to was North Carolina (29-15, 13-10 ACC) baseball’s starting rotation of freshman J.B. Bukauskas, sophomore Zac Gallen and himself.
This was the same starting rotation that dominated Boston College (22-21, 9-14 ACC) over the weekend, sweeping the three game series while not allowing a single earned run in 24 innings.
“J.B. and I, and Gallen and I and Gallen and J.B., we’re all really tight, and we pull for each other,” Moss said. “We have a good relationship, and I think that helps a lot to have someone who’s in your position just on a different day to encourage you and kind of know what you’re going through.”
But the starting pitchers didn’t need any encouragement against Boston College.
Gallen kicked off the weekend by throwing his second career complete game and first career shutout Friday in a 1-0 victory.
The next day, Bukauskas picked up where Gallen left off, pitching seven strong innings while allowing no runs and eight strikeouts.
With the pressure to follow up his teammates’ strong performance, Moss started Sunday slowly, walking the first batter and falling behind 2-0 to the second batter.