Posted: 1:05 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013
By Brian Barbour
Last week's results: def. VCU 3-2(10), Winthrop 6-2, won series vs Clemson 10-3, 6-2, 4-5(11)
Record Last Week: 4-0
Record This Season: 25-2, 9-2 ACC
Upcoming Schedule: 4/3 at UNCW, 4/5-4/7 vs Maryland
Based on the run totals, this probably constitutes one of UNC's lead productive weeks at the plate. It also saw the Tar Heel got to extra innings with mixed results.
A week ago, UNC needed an extra frame to get past VCU, 3-2. The Heels trailed 2-1 going to the bottom of the ninth but got a sacrifice fly from Michael Russell to bring in Skye Bolt from third to tie the game. In the bottom of the 10th Cody Stubbs would single to bring in Landon Lassiter to get the win. Hobbs Johnson, who was scheduled to face Boston College two days prior but saw the game rained out gave up a pair of runs in five innings. A four man combination out of the bullpen held VCU scoreless the rest of the way.
On Wednesday, UNC scored four runs in the seventh to break a 2-2 tie and defeated Winthrop 6-2. Trent Thornton continues to do solid work with 7.0 IP and two earned runs given up. Colin Moran has picked up his pace tallying three RBIs against the Eagles.
The weekend series was a Saturday-Monday affair with the final game televised on ESPNU. In the opener, Kent Emanuel went 8 innings giving up just one run and striking out five. UNC used a pair of four run innings to open up an 8-1 lead on the Tigers.
The second game of the series started on Sunday night but was halted after 2.2 innings due to rain. Benton Moss got the start and was pitching brilliantly when his outing was ended prematurely. The game was resumed at 2:30 on Monday with Trent Thornton going to the mound and finishing the 6-2 Tar Heel win. Moss struck out six in his short stint and Thornton followed up with seven Ks himself while giving up two runs, none of them earned.
The nightcap of the doubleheader saw UNC drop a 5-4 decision in 11 innings. Colin Moran put the Heels on the board with a two run homer in the third and it was 3-1 UNC in the top of the sixth when both the pitching and defense had a couple of troublesome moments leading to Clemson grabbing the lead. The Heels would tie the game up in the seventh but were unable to do anymore offensively. Clemson ultimately loaded the bases in the top of the 11th and squeeze a run out of it. The Heels were able to put runners on in the bottom of the inning but could not capitalize.
Freshman Skye Bolt, had a horrific game going 0-4 and being picked off first after a walk. Bolt also made a mistake throwing the ball in from right field that permitted Clemson's Tyler Kreigher to move to third base. Kreiger would later score on a wild pitch to give Clemson the lead. Bolt also grounded out to end the game with runners on 2nd and 3rd. Not a stellar night for a player who has been very good so far.
UNC now sits a half-game ahead of Virginia in the Coastal Division.