Last Week's Results: Swept Wright State 17-3, 14-0, 3-0
Record Last Week: 3-0
Overall Record: 5-1
Upcoming Schedule: 2/28 vs St. John's; Three game series vs USC 3/2-3/4
Heels overmatch Wright State in games one and two then win a tough game in the series finale.
The Diamond Heels extended their winning streak to four games with a three game sweep over Wright State in Chapel Hill over the weekend. The first and second game were veritable offensive explosions for the Heels. In the first game on Friday night, Kent Emanuel got far more run support than he needed as the sophomore went six scoreless innings giving up three hits, two walks and striking out five. At the plate UNC continues to get a balanced performance with multiple players collecting two or more RBIs. Tommy Coyles and Tom Zengel had three RBIs with Chaz Frank, Cody Stubbs, Michael Russell and Parks Jordan collecting a pair of RBIs each. On the evening UNC had eight doubles including five in the eight run 2nd.
In the Saturday game, 3B Colin Moran reminded everyone why he led the ACC in RBIs a year ago. Moran hit for the cycle going 5-6 with six RBIs and UNC's first home run of the season. In fact Moran got his cycle in order which is called a "natural cycle." Moran singled in the first, doubled in the third, tripled in the sixth and homered in the seventh to accomplish the feat in order. Not to be overshadowed, Coyle also had four RBIs. On the mound, Chris Munnelly got his first start of the season and pitched seven shutout innings giving up three hits, three walks and striking out three.
The series finale was much closer than the two previous games with UNC only scoring three runs and no Heels being credited with an RBI. UNC scored two unearned runs in the third off a throwing error and passed ball. In the fifth Tom Zengel singled then advanced around the bases on an error before scoring off a wild pitch. On the day UNC only had seven hits but benefited from Wright State's poor defense. Freshman Chris O'Brien started the game and went for innings giving up six if Wright State's eight hits. R.C. Orlan pitched in middle relief retiring all 12 batters he faced before giving way to closer Michael Morin who decided to make things interesting in the ninth by putting two runners on before shutting the door.
Offensively the name of the game for the Heels is balanced with seven players posting at least seven RBIs so far this season. Colin Moran has 10 RBIs and Tommy Coyle has nine to lead the team. While it is still early in the season. UNC leads the ACC in doubles with 27 as well as sitting atop the league in multiple offensive categories. On the pitching side, Kent Emanuel is off to a 2-0 start with 1.50 ERA. R.C. Orlan is also 2-0 with both his wins coming in nine scoreless innings of relief. Chris Munnelly's performance on Saturday was important as he looks to establish himself as a weekend starter. It appears Mike Fox is still working through the personnel in an effort to figure 0ut what that rotation will look like once the meat of the season arrives.