Seahawks Drop 5-1 Decision To North Carolina
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
With the win, the Tar Heels (48-12) advance to the regional championship game on Sunday at 5 p.m., where they will play the winner of the Elon-UNCW (43-16-1) game, which will be played at 1 p.m.
White (9-3), who was the 2008 ACC Pitcher-of-the-Year, picked up the win for the Tar Heels with a career-long. White fanned five of the first six hitters he faced on his way to an 8-strikeout game.
Overshadowed by White’s outing was UNCW senior Jeff Hatcher (6-2) who went the distance for the second time this season and striking out a career-high nine.
In a pitching dominated contest, UNC’s Tim Fedroff, who went 2-for-4, was the only player with more that one hit. Both teams combined to leave just three runners on base.
The Tar Heels wasted little time getting on the board, taking advantage of two hits and an error to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Sophomore Dustin Ackley led off with a single and moved to second on a throwing error by Hatcher on an attempted pickoff. Sophomore Kyle Shelton followed with a single to left, moving Ackley to third. Fedroff grounded into a double play and Ackley scored.
Kyle Seager pushed UNC’s lead to 3-0 with a 2-run, 2-out homer to right off Hatcher in the fourth. Tim Federowicz then followed with a solo homer to left to make it 4-0.
In the fourth, senior Jason Appel tied the UNCW career-record for hits with 256 after doubling down the left field line.
A sacrifice fly by senior Jes Snyder narrowed UNCW’s deficit to 4-1 in the fifth. Senior Nate Hall doubled off the right center field wall to lead off the inning and a ground ball moved him over to third.
Hatcher was unable to keep UNC off the board in the sixth, allowing a lead off double to Fedroff and two batters later, Seager scored him from third with a sac fly to make the final 5-1.