Carolina blows 8-3 lead, falls to BC on walkoff single
Blake Butera singled home Nick Colucci in the bottom of the ninth and Boston College rallied for a stunning 10-9 win over No. 30 North Carolina Saturday afternoon at Commander Shea Field. Carolina led 8-3 after six but BC scored seven times in the final three innings to even the three-game series.
Michael Russell had three hits and drove in three runs to lead the Tar Heels, who dropped to 17-13 and 6-8 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Butera was 3 for 5 with three RBIs and Chris Shaw drove in four as the Eagles improved to 10-19 and 2-12 in the league.
Tom Zengel missed his fifth home run of the year by inches as Shaw got his glove on the ball enough to keep it in the park and limit the Tar Heel senior to a double. After a wild pitch moved Zengel to third, Landon Lassiter drove him in and Parks Jordan doubled home Lassiter to make it 2-0. Carolina added two more on Russell’s infield hit and an Eagle throwing error to give Moss a 4-0 lead.
After not allowing a hit through three dominant innings, Moss was touched for six singles and three runs in the fourth. BC went 12 scoreless in the series before falling scratching in the frame, which featured five consecutive Eagle hits at one point. But the junior from Enfield, N.C., bounced back for a 1-2-3 fifth and his teammates picked him up in the sixth.
Carolina scored four times in the inning despite collecting just two hits. Consecutive one-out walks and a Tyler Ramirez bloop single loaded the bases and chased BC starter Andrew Chin. Russell greeted righty Luke Fernandes with a line drive single to center and when the ball scooted under the glove of Tom Bourdon, all three runs came around to score. Fernandes then uncorked a wild pitch that plated Russell and made it 8-3.
Boston College wouldn’t quit, however, and the homestanding Eagles got three runs back in the seventh off Moss and reliever Reilly Hovis. Moss walked Gabriel Hernandez to lead off the inning and Hovis replaced him. BC scored three times before Hovis could escape, the big blow a two-run double off the bat of Butera.
The Eagles got three more off relievers Zach Rice, Spencer Trayner and Henry Sisson in the eighth with just one hit as the bullpen combined to walk eight batters in 2.2 innings.
After a walk and a stolen base put the winning run on second with two outs against Sisson (0-1), Butera’s single to right scored Colucci to end it.
The rubber game of the series is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday.