CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. --- Zac Gallen and Reilly Hovis combined to allow just two runs on six hits and No. 30 Carolina pounded out 16 hits as the Tar Heels scored a series-clinching 12-2 win over Boston College Sunday afternoon at Commander Shea Field. Michael Russell reached five times and scored three runs, Parks Jordan and Landon Lassiter each drove in three and Carolina won its second road series of 2014 to improve to 18-13 and 7-8 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
After a bitter 10-9 loss Saturday afternoon, the Tar Heels jumped on BC starter Jeff Burke right away in Sunday's rubber game of the series. UNC loaded the bases with nobody out in the first and took a 1-0 lead on Tom Zengel's sacrifice fly. Carolina made it 2-0 in the fourth on a Tyler Ramirez RBI groundout.
But the Eagles (10-20, 2-13 ACC) bounced back to tie it in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of runs off Gallen. Chris Shaw led off the frame with a double and scored on Logan Hoggarth's single to right. Tom Bourdon then evened the game at 2 with a sac fly to left, but Jordan threw out Hoggarth trying to advance to second to end the inning.
That would prove to be a big out, because Gallen and Hovis dominated the rest of the way. Hovis was especially impressive, rebounding from Saturday's rough outing to throw four shutout innings. The sophomore from Gastonia needed just 39 pitches to get through four hitless frames, allowing just one walk and striking out three for his first save of 2014.
But before Hovis could take control on the mound, the Carolina bats busted out for a 7-run sixth to blow it open. Lassiter led off the inning with a triple off Burke for his first extra-base hit of the year. Jordan singled him home, and two batters later Korey Dunbar's sac fly made it 4-2. Ramirez greeted reliever Steve Green with an RBI double before a walk and a hit by pitch loaded the bases for Skye Bolt.
Bolt lifted a fly ball to left which Hoggarth misplayed, allowing two runs to score. Two batters later, Lassiter doubled home two more and it was 9-2. UNC added three more in the eighth on a Lassiter sac fly and a two-run single off the bat of Jordan to turn it into the team's biggest conference win of 2014.
The Tar Heels will return to Chapel Hill for a five-game homestand that begins Tuesday, April 8, at 6 p.m. against North Carolina A&T.