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Monday Baseball Report(2/25)

UNC runs its record to 6-0 with a sweep of Stony Brook.

Last week's results: def. Stony Brook, 11-2, 7-1, 9-8
Record Last Week: 3-0
Record This Season: 6-0
Upcoming Schedule: 2/27 vs St. John's, 3/1-3/3 vs Rice, California, Texas A&M in Houston

If you recall, Stony Brook upset LSU in the Super Regional last year to advance to the College World Series. In that respect you are at least talking about a program that has some recent accomplishments. The Seawolves also had seven players on that team drafted meaning this probably isn't quite the same caliber team that took the field a year ago.

The weather played havoc with UNC's schedule for the second straight weekend forcing the Heels to play one game on Saturday and a doubleheader on Sunday. In the series opener, Kent Emanuel went seven innings striking out eight and giving up two runs(one earned) in an 11-2 win. The Heels took advantage of four Stony Brook errors and seven walks to cruise easily. Michael Russell, Colin Moran, Parks Jordan and Brian Holberton all had a pair of hits each.

In the first game of the Sunday doubleheader Benton Moss moved to 2-0 on the season with a seven strikout performance over 7.1 innings as UNC clinched the series 7-1. As was the case in the first game, Stony Brook committed four errors as UNC scored seven runs on ten hits. Moran was 2-4 with an RBI and three runs scored. Skye Bolt and Cody Stubbs each drove in two runs.

The second game of the doubleheader gave UNC's the first real test of the season. With Hobbs Johnson unable to start, Chris Munnelly got the call and was the first of three Tar Heel pitchers to give up at least two runs in the game. With UNC up 6-2, the top of the 8th proved to be a disaster as the Seawolves scored six times to stake an 8-6 lead. Chris McCue had pitched two scoreless innings heading into the 8th when the wheels came off. Following a single, McCue threw a wild pitch, walked a batter, threw a second wild pitch then walked a second batter to load the bases. McCue was pulled for Trevor Kelly who gave up a 2 RBI double. Luis Paula followed and gave up a walk and 2 RBI double. Finally Shane Taylor was brought and extracted UNC from the inning but not before another RBI single.

UNC got one run back in the bottom of the frame on an pinch-hit RBI single from freshman Landon Lassiter after Holberton was hit by a pitch then moved to second on a balk. In the 9th, with the Heels down two, Back-to-back doubles from Skye Bolt and Cody Stubbs plated one run. Following a pair of walks, Mike Zolk singled up the middle to bring in Stubbs with the game winning run.

The Heels played the first mid-week game of the season on Wednesday against St. John's in a rematch of the elimination game from last June that ended UNC's season. UNC will then head to Houston, TX for three games in the Astros Foundation College Classic.