Following the North Carolina baseball team's third and final loss against Boston College last weekend, head coach Scott Forbes reacted bluntly to his team's performance.
“I think you gotta call a spade a spade,” Forbes said. “We got beaten in every aspect of the game this weekend: pitching, defense and timely hitting.”
The then-No. 20 ranked Eagles came to Chapel Hill and played clean, fundamental ball by executing in all facets of the game, which helped them outscore North Carolina by 10 runs during the series. The Tar Heels gave the Eagles 21 free passes — walks or batters hit by a pitch — over the course of the weekend and committed three errors on Friday, which helped Boston College take control.
UNC's woes began in game one when junior starting pitcher Max Carlson lasted only 2.2 innings and surrendered five runs.
The Tar Heels scored six runs in the first inning but proceeded to follow that monster frame with seven scoreless innings before eking out a late run to force extras.
Forbes was impressed with the “battle offensively” after the team collected 16 hits. He was also drawn to the “outstanding” performance of the bullpen, namely Dalton Pence, Matt Poston and Kevin Eaise.
But when it came to putting the game away — hammering the proverbial nails in the coffin — the Tar Heels were unable to stop the Eagles. The team's three errors ultimately proved fatal.
“(Boston College is) gonna play clean and kind of make you beat yourself,” junior infielder Jackson Van De Brake said. “So I mean, I'm going to keep saying it, we're gonna find a way to get through that.”
The key to conquering the Eagles seemed to be Connor Boviar, who put the Saturday game on his shoulders by holding the Boston College offense at bay. The junior pitcher allowed just two runs in 7.1 innings, but once he exited, the Eagles scored seven more times in the final two frames.