Seahawks Fall To Tar Heels, 8-1
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Fifth-ranked UNC Chapel Hill banged out 10 hits, including five for extra bases, as the Tar Heels topped No. 26 UNC Wilmington, 8-1, in college baseball action Tuesday before a standing-room only crowd of 3,608, a Brooks Field record.
The Tar Heels snapped a two-game skid and improved to 18-4, while the Seahawks, who had their own two-game winning streak halted, fell to 17-4.
Junior lefthanded reliever Brian Moran (1-1) picked up the win in relief of red-shirt sophomore starter Bryant Gaines. Gaines fanned six in 4 2/3 innings and allowed one run on three hits and a pair of walks.
UNCW junior Mike Rooney extended his hitting streak to a career-high eight games with a 3-4 outing at the plate, raising his average to .342.
Freshman Levi Michael, who was one of three Tar Heels with two hits on the night, opened the scoring in the top of the first with a one-out homer off losing pitcher sophomore Stephen Harrold (2-1).
UNC added to its lead in the third, plating six runs on eight hits off Harrold, who didn’t make it out of the inning. Ben Bunting, who batted twice in the inning, led off with a single and moved to third on a double by Michael that was lost in the lights. Dustin Ackley followed with a two-run single the next batter and Kyle Seager doubled to right to put runners at second and third. Garret Gore, who also had two hits, and Mark Fleury knocked in runs with a single and sac fly, respectively to make it 5-0. Ryan Graepel (2-for-3) doubled with two outs to score Gore with the final run of the inning.
Matt Cavasinni tripled with two out in the eighth off red-shirt freshman Tyler Smith to score Graepel from second. Cavasinni scored on the next play when Bunting reached safely on the second Seahawk error of the evening to make it 8-1 UNC.
The Seahawks will play their second nationally-ranked opponent in as many days on Wednesday when they visit No. 19 East Carolina for a 6 p.m. start. The Tar Heels, meanwhile, return to Boshamer Stadium for a 6 p.m. start against UNC Charlotte.
Notes: UNCW has dropped its last eight to the Tar Heels ... The Seahawks fell to 1-2 against nationally-ranked opponents ... Despite being out hit, UNCW left more batters on base, 10-7, than the Tar Heels ... The previous high for attendance on record was 3,257 on May 11, 2004 against East Carolina ... Freshman Steven Davis lowered his ERA to 0.92 with two innings of shutout relief ... UNCW struck out a season-high 13 times.