Previewing Boston College

North Carolina (39-13, 17-9 ACC) travels to Chestnut Hill to take on Boston College (30-21, 12-13 ACC) in the final weekend of ACC play. Check out the key details to know about UNC's opponent for this three-game matchup ...

Game Schedule
Thursday 5/14 – 1:30 pm
Friday 5/15 – 1:30 pm
Saturday 5/16 – 1 pm

* All three games will be covered on the radio by the Tar Heel Sports Network.

* Boston College started the season off strong, going 8-2 in non-conference play (not including their exhibition loss to the Boston Red Sox) and then proceeded to shock Florida State to win its first ACC series against the Seminoles. The Eagles also recorded series wins against Maryland, NC State and Wake Forest, yet they now find themselves competing with the likes of Duke, NC State and Maryland just for an entry into next week's ACC Tournament.

* North Carolina has not lost a game to Boston College since the Eagles joined the ACC in 2006. In the nine Tar Heel wins, UNC has only allowed more than two runs to the Eagles on two occasions and has an average margin of victory of more than six runs.

* The Tar Heels will face a pair of sophomore starting pitchers in this series - one lefty and one righty – as well as a senior in the series opener. Senior right handeder J.B. MacDonald takes the mound on Thursday afternoon for the Eagles. He is 4-6 on the season with a 4.08 ERA. MacDonald has a K/BB ratio of 63/29 and has held opposing batters to a .234 average this season in 12 starts. Friday's starter, righty John Leonard, is 1-3 on the season with a 7.84 ERA in his nine starts. Opponents are hitting .357 against him and he has struck out 38 batters over 49.1 innings. Lefty Pat Dean will get the start on Saturday. Dean is 5-3 with a 3.11 ERA and has an impressive 76/12 K/BB ratio, while opposing are hitting him at a .270 clip.

* The closer is Nate Belfiore - he is 5-1 and has seven saves this season to go with a 2.41 ERA, while holding opposing batters to a .267 average. He has struck out 41 batters in 33.2 innings pitched.

* The Eagles have two batters ranked in the top 15 of the ACC in batting average - junior outfielder Robbie Anston (.366) and junior catcher Tony Sanchez (.362). Anston leads the squad with 14 stolen bases in 17 attempts and 19 doubles. Sanchez leads the Eagles with 14 home runs, a .676 slugging percentage, and a .465 on-base percentage.

* Boston College has batted .313 on the season while holding opposing batters to a .276 average. Everyone who has started more than three games for the Eagles is batting over .275. Anson is the lone threat on the basepaths, as the rest of the team has been successful on only 44.7 percent of its attempts.

* Boston College is currently ranked fourth in the ACC in fielding percentage at .970 and have only committed 60 errors in 51 games. The Eagles have allowed opposing teams be successful only 61.1 percent of the time on stolen bases (33-54). Junior Catcher Tony Sanchez has thrown out 37.5 percent of baserunners attempting to steal against him this season.


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