Behind three talented freshman and All-ACC First Team pitcher, BC heated up late, won two games at the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2009, and set the stage for an exciting 2020 season.
Dan Metzdorf pitched into the eighth for his sixth quality start in a row and BC used a 10-run outburst from its lineup to roll past the Irish and clinch an ACC Tournament spot.
Kaileen Hart was one of four Eagles to record a hat trick and one of eight to get on the board, as BC racked up 14 goals in the first half, en route to its largest victory in over two months.
Jerome Robinson and Ky Bowman erupted for 33 points in the final 11 minutes and 11 seconds of regulation, but the Eagles’ early-game shooting woes and poor perimeter defense proved to be simply too much to overcome.
BC will open ACC Tournament play on Tuesday afternoon at the Barclays Center against Georgia Tech—the last team it beat in the annual competition—looking to advance to the second round for the first time since 2015.
The Eagles saw their season come to an end in a 4-0 loss to Virginia in the ACC Tournament on Wednesday evening.
In April, North Carolina scored at least 15 runs in each of its wins over BC. On Thursday, in ACC Tournament pool play, the Tar Heels weren’t far off from reaching that mark again.
North Carolina scored seven unanswered goals in the first half of its ACC Tournament semifinal against BC. The Eagles put together a strong second half of play, but ultimately could not recover.
Nearing the five-minute mark in the first half, Ky Bowman leapt to block to a Bryant Crawford shot. But the All-ACC Freshman fell awkwardly on his right leg. His season was finished, and effectively, so was the Eagles’.