Tar Heels take series against Wake
After dropping the first game of the series on Friday, North Carolina came back to win games on Saturday and Sunday and took the series against Wake Forest in baseball.
On Friday, The Tar Heels came up with a 5 run 8th to tie the game up and send it to extra innings but it was the Deacs who came away with the 7-6 victory. Mark Rhine drove home the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning. Michael Morin lost his first game of the season falling to 3-1. The Deacons scored 3 runs off of ace Kent Emanuel who went 6.1 innings giving up 3 earned runs. Parks Jordan led the Tar Heels with 3 rbi in the game.
On Saturday, it was North Carolina jumping out to a 6 run lead before holding on to take the win, 7-3. UNC scored 5 in the bottom of the first led by Michael Russell who doubled and drove home two in the inning. Russell had 3 rbi on the day. Cody Stubbs and Jacob Stallings each drove in a run along with Parks Jordan and Shell McCain. Hobbs Johnson took the win for the Tar Heels in relief. It was his first decision of the season. Starter Chris Munnelly went 3.2 innings giving up only 1 run. Wake Forest was led by Charlie Morgan who drove in a run.
North Carolina took the series on Sunday in dramatic fashion. Parks Jordan drove home Michael Russell in the bottom of the ninth. Russell scored from second base in the walk off victory. It was a tight game all the way through with Wake Forest jumping out to a 2-0 lead before a 3 run 5th put Carolina ahead. But Wake Forest came up with an unearned run in the top of the 9th to tie the game. Brett Armour scored on a sacrifice bunt following a throwing error earlier in the inning.
But the Tar Heels rallied in the bottom half of the inning and took the win moving them to 22-5 and 9-3 in the conference. Wake falls to 19-11 and 5-7 in conference play. Freshman, Benton Moss had a solid outing going 5 innings allowing 1 earned run. Michael Morin took the win for UNC in relief. He moves to 4-1 on the season.
Carolina will be in action next on Wednesday, hosting Elon before heading to Miami for a 3 game series next weekend. The Hurricanes are currently one game behind North Carolina in the Coastal division.
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