The Boston College Eagles flew into Chapel Hill to take on the Tar Heel Nine over the weekend. Bad weather on Friday forced a doubleheader to be played on Saturday. All that did was set up a remarkable weekend of baseball.
The Tar Heels started slow in Game 1. The Eagles were able to race out to a 4-1 lead after two innings. Three of the runs were earned, as the defense couldn’t help starter Tyler Baum get out of the second. The Tar Heels answered in the third thanks to back-to-back homers by Dylan Enwiller and Michael Busch, and eventually took a two-run lead after six.
Unfortunately, the ninth inning was an issue for the Tar Heels, a common theme of this season so far. The Eagle’s Jack Cunningham hit a three run bomb to give BC a 7-6 lead. Fortunately, the Tar Heels were able to tie it in the ninth thanks to a sac fly by Clemente Inclan.
In the Bottom of the 11th, well, you just have to see how it ended:
Michael Busch's dribbler off the bat is just enough to give the Heels an 8-7 walk-off win. pic.twitter.com/LV1PvpbCHC— Carolina Baseball (@DiamondHeels) April 20, 2019
The horrible defensive communication by the Eagles’ infield ended game one for the 8-7 win.
Game two featured a ton more offense. At first, it appeared the walk-off win had demoralized BC as Carolina was able to race out to a 7-1 lead after four innings. The Tar Heels’ bullpen, however, couldn’t keep the Eagles at bay as they were able to chip away at that lead, and entered the ninth only down by two, 10-8. Again, the Tar Heels couldn’t hold a lead in the ninth inning, and BC was able to get it to extras again, this time 10-10.
Again, it would take two extra innings, and again the Tar Heels scored the walk-off win:
Double header? Double walk-offs! Game 2️⃣ highlights ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/sNGgFOFHOJ— Carolina Baseball (@DiamondHeels) April 21, 2019
Aaron Sabato would end it a little more conventionally, nailing a deep double to score Dylan Harris. So, two game, two eleven-inning games, Ten hours to play both, and a little history made:
10 hours later....— Carolina Baseball (@DiamondHeels) April 21, 2019
This was the first time in Carolina Baseball history that both games of a double header have gone to extra innings, and both teams combined to play 10 hours, use 24 pitchers, score 36 runs, leave 49 runners on base and throw almost 1,000 pitches. pic.twitter.com/GXjPxQ5L0g
Turns out the Tar Heels weren’t done putting up gaudy numbers.
Sunday’s game started rough. It appeared the Tar Heels were still recovering from the marathon played on Saturday and the Eagles were able to get out to a 6-2 lead. The Tar Heels offense woke up a little in the fifth, narrowing the gap to 6-4.
Then the sixth inning happened.
Ike Freeman would strike out looking to start the bottom of the sixth frame. The next out was recorded by...Ike Freeman. In between, the Tar Heels would get two doubles and a homer, as well as multiple wild pitches, to turn the 6-4 deficit to a 12-6 lead. The Heels would then score four more runs before Michael Busch mercifully ended the inning for BC. When it was all said and done the Tar Heels were up 16-6, and would go on to win 16-8.
A massive 12-run half inning was all the Heels needed to secure the sweep over Boston College! Game 3️⃣ highlights ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/OyhPWNPlQC— Carolina Baseball (@DiamondHeels) April 21, 2019
So, in case you didn’t follow along, that’s a sweep that included a doubleheader with two eleven-inning games and a twelve-run inning to wrap up the series. If you got a chance to go to the Bosh this weekend, you saw some fun baseball.
The Tar Heels exit the weekend tied with Georgia Tech for first place in the Coastal. They’ll stay in Chapel Hill this week, playing Coastal Carolina on Tuesday before hosting Virginia this weekend.