Monday Baseball Report(2/18)

The #1 ranked Heels open the season 3-0 with wins over Seton Hall and Coastal Carolina.

Last week's results: def. Seton Hall 1-0, 17-2, Coastal Carolina 7-1
Record Last Week: 3-0
Record This Season: 3-0
Upcoming Schedule: 2/22-2/24 vs Stony Brook

The Tar Heels opened the 2013 baseball season on Friday with a 1-0 win in a nip-and-tuck pitcher's duel versus Seton Hall. Kent Emanuel went the distance giving up four hits, striking our five and walking none to secure the shutout. Likewise, the Heels bats were kept quiet with only four hits. Freshman Skye Bolt, who went 2-3 in his debut, scored on a Chaz Frank sacrifice fly in the sixth for the game's only run.

Following the cancellation of Saturday's game due to snow, UNC scored two games worth of runs in the second and final game against the Pirates. The Heels posted two six run innings in the rout including a pinch hit grand slam from Grayson Atwood in the fifth. Freshman middle infielder Landon Lassiter went 4-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored after going hitless in his debut on Friday. Fellow rookie Skye Bolt followed up his 2-3 day in the opener going 4-5 on Sunday with three RBIs. Colin Moran was 2-5 with two RBIs and Parks Jordan also had a pair of hits and two RBIs.

Benton Moss went five innings giving up one run and striking out seven. Mike Fox took the opportunity in the blowout to give four freshman pitchers around an inning of work each.

With the one of the games in the Seton Hall series cancelled on Saturday, UNC added a home game with Coastal Carolina today. The Heels moved to 3-0 with a 7-1 win. Hobbs Johnson pitched 4.1 innings giving up one earned run but left the game as a precaution due to tightness in his forearm. Chris McCue struck out five in 2.2 innings of relief. Chris Munnelly and Luis Paula closed out the game with an inning each. At the plate, freshman Skye Bolt continued the torrid start to his UNC career with a 2-3 day and an RBI. Chaz Frank had three RBIs and Colin Moran had two.

For a first series, UNC did all the things you would expect. Mike Fox did use the blowout of Seton Hall on Sunday and today's game to shuffle various players into the game which is not unusual for this stage of the season.

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