Coming off a loss to Liberty on Tuesday, the No. 14 North Carolina baseball team (11-5, 7-3 ACC) responded with a 9-3 win at No. 21 Boston College (10-6, 2-5 ACC) on Friday.
In the first inning, UNC came out strong against a solid Boston College team and jumped out to a 3-0 lead. The runs came via a three-run home run by shortstop Danny Serretti, his third of the season and second in as many games.
In the bottom of the fourth, Boston College closed the gap with a sacrifice fly to right field, which plated left fielder Cameron Leary. Through four innings, the score was 3-1.
UNC added another run in the fifth, as the Tar Heels capitalized on three quick walks from Boston College pitching. With the bases loaded, Serretti reached base via a fielder’s choice, which drove in second baseman Johnny Castagnozzi.
In the sixth inning, the Tar Heels broke the game open. After Dallas Tessar laid down a sacrifice bunt to bring two runners into scoring position, Castagnozzi drove them in with a double down the left field line. Left fielder Angel Zarate followed up with a single up the middle, bringing in Castagnozzi to give the Tar Heels a 7-1 lead.
The Tar Heels extended the lead once again in the top of the eighth, when Serretti ripped a single to center to drive in center fielder Justice Thompson. The Eagles would respond in the bottom half of the inning, as a solo home run and RBI triple made the score 8-3.
UNC scored its last run in the top of the ninth, and Nik Pry retired all three Boston College batters in the bottom half of the inning to seal the 9-3 victory.