North Carolina had to wait a little longer than expected to get going in the ACC baseball tournament because of the weather on Thursday.
But once the rain cleared and the Tar Heels took the field it didn’t take them long to crush their first opponent. North Carolina scored three runs in the top of the first inning and beat Boston College 10-0 in seven innings at Louisville Slugger Field.
“Our guys obviously, like everybody else, have been cooped up in the hotel, so they were excited and anxious to play,” UNC coach Mike Fox said. “We got a good start from Tyler Baum and anytime these two guys (Brian Miller and Logan Warmoth) are getting on us for us like they did early, we’ve got a good start offensively.
“The first inning helped and then we played as well as we could for seven innings. That’s a good win for us.”
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Five pitchers combined for a two-hit shutout in the game that was ended because of the ACC’s 10-run rule. The game had originally been scheduled for Wednesday night but was called then because of rain.
Warmoth said the Tar Heels were ready to get on the field after being off since last Saturday when they beat Virginia Tech to end the regular season.
“You could see from the guys that everybody was ready to come out and play,” he said. “We were cooped up all day yesterday in the hotel.”
Baum (6-0) worked three innings and allowed two hits while picking up the victory. The six Tar Heels pitchers combined for six strikeouts and did not issue a walk.
“The pitching, we pretty much had it scripted out today the way we wanted it to go,” Fox said. “Obviously, not knowing we were going to play seven innings, but we had a couple other guys we’d have liked to have used for an inning today, but we got J.B. (Bukauskas) and our bullpen rested, Brett Daniels and Josh Hiatt ready to go.
“You know, it’s how we wanted it, so J.B. is going to need to pitch as well as he did against (N.C. State) last time to have a chance.”
The Tar Heels (45-11) will play N.C. State (34-22) on Friday night in the final game of pool play. The winner will advance into Saturday’s semifinals.
At the plate, seven different players had hits and six had RBIs.
Warmoth led the 14-hit attack with a 4-for-4 day, while Miller went 3-for-4. The top two guys in the order also scored two runs apiece.
“Yeah, they’ve been pretty special,” Fox said of his top two guys in the order. “Just great leaders, and they’ve made themselves into really, really good players. When they play well, we generally play well. They’re all about the team, and I’m happy for them individually but also what they’ve been able to do for our team and lead our team.”
ACC baseball tournament
Who: UNC vs. N.C. State
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Louisville Slugger Field, Louisville, Ky.
TV: FSCR, ACC Network Extra