UNC Back Atop the Coastal
North Carolina has rebounded nicely after being swept in Miami. They have put together a string of 5 consecutive victories in baseball which has catapulted them back to a tie with Miami in the Coastal Division of the ACC.
It started last week with a win against UNC-Asheville in Chapel Hill before Carolina headed up to Charlottesville to face Virginia in a three game series over the weekend. The Cavs were nipping at the heels of North Carolina going into that series but when Carolina left, they had some elbow room behind them.
Tar Heel pitching was rock solid giving up only 6 runs in the whole series. Kent Emanuel got back on track on Friday giving up only 1 run in 8 innings and yielded just 3 hits. R.C. Orlan came in for an inning of relief taking the win as Jacob Stallings homered in the top of the 10th giving Carolina the 2-1 win in extra innings.
On Saturday, the bats came alive as the Tar Heels built a 6-1 lead and held on for a 6-2 Final. Chaz Frank drove in two runs in the game and R.C. Orlan took another win, going to 7-0 on the season, in relief. It was the Tar Heels bullpen that excelled as Coach Fox used 5 pitchers in the game, spreading out the innings. Orlan's 2.2 innings pitched was the most for any Tar Heel pitcher on the day.
Carolina concluded the sweep over Virginia on Sunday, 5-3. It was Benton Moss going 6 innings and giving up only 2 earned runs to take the win. He moves to 3-2 on the season. The Tar Heels jumped out to a 4-0 lead with a 4 run second inning led by Brian Holberton who drove in two runs in the inning. Adam Griffin went 2 for 3 driving in a run in the game.
Carolina stepped out of the conference on Tuesday against High Point. Chaz Frank had a big game going 2 for 4 from the plate, driving in 3 runs. Adam Griffin drove in two as well and Shane Taylor had a solid game on the mound going 5 innings, allowing just 1 earned run and moving to 4-0 on the season. Carolina built a lead of 10-1 before High Point battled back to make the final 10-5.
The win on Tuesday moved the 6th ranked Tar Heels to 28-9 on the season. Carolina hosts Liberty tonight in Chapel Hill before a three game series with Georgia Tech begins at Boshamer Stadium on Friday. The Yellow Jackets are currently 4-7 in the conference.