The No. 18 North Carolina baseball team (25-14, 9-9 ACC), lost to the No. 20 Boston College Eagles (26-12, 11-9 ACC), 9-4, Saturday night at Boshamer Stadium, dropping its second straight home ACC series.
Boston College jumped out to an early lead as UNC starting pitcher Connor Boviar let up two hits in the first frame, and the Eagles scored on a sacrifice fly to center field.
Casey Cook extended his streak of getting on base to 28 games, as the leadoff man popped a single into left field. However after loading the bases with no outs the Tar Heels were unable to capitalize and the inning ended with three men stranded.
The Tar Heels, once again, juiced the bases in the second, only to score when junior Jackson Van De Brake drew a walk to pull UNC level with the Eagles. Even with three men on base, the Diamond Heels walked away from the inning with only one run to show for it.
The bats for both teams struggled at the plate after their respective one run innings, until junior Tomas Frick hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth to score Van De Brake, giving UNC its first lead of the game.
First-year Cameron Padgett inherited a bases-loaded game on the line situation in the eighth and Cameron Leary proceeded to smash a grand slam successfully snatching the lead away from the Tar Heels. The Eagles continued to run away with the game in the ninth adding an additional four runs to their lead putting the Tar Heels in the lead when Travis Honeyman doubled down the left field line plating two more.
Vance Honeycutt cut Boston College’s lead down with a two RBI homer in the ninth, his eleventh of the 2023 season. The Tar Heels ended the game in a bases loaded situation, and dropped their second home ACC series in a row.