UNC shut out for second time this season in loss at Virginia Tech

By R.L. Bynum

Needing to build momentum to solidify its NCAA tournament resume, North Carolina’s bats instead went silent with runners on base.

Two Virginia Tech pitchers held the Tar Heels to a season-low five hits, and the Hokies rolled to a 7–0 victory Friday in the three-game ACC weekend series opener at English Field in Blacksburg, Va.

It was the second time UNC (26–16, 9–11 ACC) has been shut out all season and was its fifth consecutive league loss. The Tar Heels, who were last shut out in an ACC game two years ago in a 4–0 loss at Notre Dame, left four runners on base, were 4 of 11 with runners on base, hit into two double plays and struck out 10 times.

Carolina’s previous low run output was in a 9–1 loss at Notre Dame in the second game of an April 2 doubleheader. The Heels had scored at least three runs in every other game.

Virginia Tech starting pitcher right-hander Anthony Arguelles (2–1) was sensational, throwing 7⅓ innings shutout innings and 104 pitches, giving up five hits and two walks while striking out seven.

The only positive from the game was that Carolina finally got some length out of a Friday starter. Junior right-hander Connor Bovair (5–1; top photo) went seven innings, giving up eight hits, five runs and two walks while striking out five.

The Hokies (24–14, 10–10) took the lead on Eddie Eisert’s two-run, one-out double to center field in the second inning after a pair of singles off Bovair. David Bryant, whose single to right scored Eisert, belted a two-run homer to right field with two outs in the fourth inning.

The Hokies added a pair of solo home runs in the ninth inning off reliever Will Sandy — blasts from Brody Donay and Christian Martin.

NOTES — Game 2 of the series is at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPN3) with a pair of right-handers starting: UNC’s Jake Knapp (3–3, 5.45 ERA) and Virginia Tech ace Drue Hackenberg (4–4, 4.62 ERA). Because of Sunday’s forecast for bad weather, Game 3 will be played at 7 p.m. Saturday (ACC Network). Starters for the finale haven’t been named. … Casey Cook went 1 for 4 to reach base for the 31st consecutive game. … The D1 Baseball NCAA tournament projection released Wednesday lists the Tar Heels among the first five out. … UNC is 81–32–2 all-time against the Hokies, including 31–16 in Blacksburg. … The game lasted 2 hours and 12 minutes.

Virginia Tech 7, UNC 0

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17Friday10–8 LSeton HallHome0–1
18Saturday11–2 WSeton HallHome1–1
19Sunday4–2 WSeton HallHome2–1
21Tuesday14–2 WRadfordHome3–1
22Wed.10–0 WLongwoodHome4–1
24Friday6–5 LNo. 15 East CarolinaGreenville4–2
26Sunday6–5 LNo. 15 East CarolinaHome4–3
28Tuesday10–4 WVCUHome5–3
1Wed.14–10 WVCUHome6–3
3Friday3–2 W
11 innings
Stony BrookHome7–3
4Saturday7–5 WStony BrookHome8–3
5Sunday15–4 WStony BrookHome9–3
7Tuesday8–4 W,
5 innings
Western CarolinaHome10–3
8Wed.15–5 WPenn StateHome11–3
10Friday7–3 LNo. 11 VirginiaHome11–4,
0–1 ACC
11Saturday8–4 LNo. 11 VirginiaHome11–5,
0–2 ACC
11Saturday6–0 WNo. 11 VirginiaHome12–5,
1–2 ACC
14Tuesday16–3 WCharlotteCharlotte13–5
15Wed.16–2 WHigh PointHome14–5
17, 18Friday,
17–7 WPittsburghPittsburgh15–5,
2–2 ACC
21Tuesday6–4 WN.C. A&THome16–5
23Thursday6–3 WDukeHome17–5,
3–2 ACC
24Friday8–5 LDukeHome17–6,
3–3 ACC
25Saturday5–3 WDukeHome18–6,
4–3 ACC
28Tuesday12–7 LNo. 9 Coastal CarolinaHome18–7
31Friday10–8 WNotre DameSouth Bend, Ind.19–7,
5–3 ACC
2Sunday5–2 WNotre DameSouth Bend, Ind.20–7,
6–3 ACC
2Sunday9–1 LNotre DameSouth Bend, Ind20–8,
6–4 ACC
4Tuesday5–0 LSouth CarolinaCharlotte20–9
6Thursday8–1 WGeorgia TechAtlanta21–9,
7–4 ACC
7Friday10–6 WGeorgia TechAtlanta22–9,
8–4 ACC
7Friday8–4 LGeorgia TechAtlanta22–10,
8–5 ACC
11Tuesday10–6 WQueensHome23–10
13Thursday5–4 LNo. 8 MiamiHome23–11,
8–6 ACC
9–8 W,
11 inn.
No. 8 MiamiHome24–11,
9–6 ACC
15Saturday4–3 LNo. 8 MiamiHome24–12,
9–7 ACC
18Tuesday5–3 WCharlotteHome25–12
21Friday9–8 L,
10 inn.
Boston CollegeHome25–13,
9–8 ACC
22Saturday9–4 LBoston CollegeHome25–14,
9–9 ACC
23Sunday6–2 LBoston CollegeHome25–15,
9–10 ACC
25Tuesday18–2 WUNCWHome26–15
28Friday7–0 LVirginia TechBlacksburg, Va.26–16,
9–11 ACC
29Saturday12–8 WVirginia TechBlacksburg, Va.27–16,
10–11 ACC
29Saturday13–7 WVirginia TechBlacksburg, Va.28–16,
11–11 ACC
2Tuesday6–5 LNo. 11 CampbellHome28–17
3Wed.2–1 WNo. 15 East CarolinaGreenville29–17
9Tuesday5–4 WGardner-WebbHome30–17
11Thursday9–8 WN.C. StateHome31–17,
12–11 ACC
12Friday9–3 WN.C. StateHome32–17,
13–11 ACC
13Saturday12–2 WN.C. StateHome33–17,
14–11 ACC
16Tuesday8–6 LNo. 9 Coastal CarolinaConway, S.C.33–18
18Thursday14–7 LNo. 3 ClemsonClemson, S.C.33–19,
14–12 ACC
19Friday5–4 LNo. 3 ClemsonClemson, S.C.33–20,
14–13 ACC
20Saturday3–1 LNo. 3 ClemsonClemson, S.C.33–21,
14–14 ACC
ACC tournament
23Tuesday11–5 WGeorgia TechDurham34–21
25Thursday10–2 WNo. 11 VirginiaDurham35–21
27Saturday10–4 LSemifinal vs.
No. 3 Clemson
JuneNCAA tournament
Terre Haute Regional
2Friday5–4 LIowaTerre Haute, Ind.35–23
3Saturday5–0 WWright StateTerre Haute, Ind.36–23
4Sunday6–5 L,
13 innings
Iowa Terre Haute, Ind.36–24
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Photo courtesy of UNC Athletics Communications


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