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Monday Baseball Report(3/11)

The Heels stay undefeated.


Last week's results: def. Davidson 10-2, Wake Forest 4-0, 20-6, 6-2
Record Last Week: 4-0
Record This Season: 14-0
Upcoming Schedule: 3/12 vs Gardner-Webb, 3/13 vs High Point, , 3/15-3/17 vs Miami

UNC continues to roll along running the overall record to 14-0 and getting off to a 3-0 start in ACC play with a sweep over Wake Forest.

On Tuesday, the Heels hosted Davidson and opened up a 5-0 lead in the third inning and was never really threatened. Skye Bolt continues to hit the ball well going 2-3. Colin Moran picked up two RBIs and Trent Thornton pitched 5.2 innings for the win.

Over the weekend, UNC opened up ACC play facing Wake Forest in Winston-Salem. On Friday, Kent Emanuel was doing Kent Emanuel things pitching a shutout as the Heels won 4-0. Emanuel gave up only five hits, walked three and struck out seven. The complete game was his second of the season in only four starts.

While the offense was somewhat limited on Friday(compared to other games) UNC did something on Saturday they had done very little off all season: hit home runs. The Heels came into the second game of the series with three home runs on the season as a team. UNC simply is not a power team preferring to kill you slowly with hit after timely hit. UNC appeared to be making up for lost time with eight home runs in a 20-6 thrashing of the Demon Deacons. Moran homered twice, once 1st and again in the 2nd on his way to a 6 RBI day. Brian Holberton also had two home runs and drove in five. Landon Lassister, Skye Bolt, Cody Stubbs and Mike Zolk also went deep as UNC went up 11-0 after two innings.Benton Moss moved to 4-0 on the season striking out seven in six innings of work.

The Heels closed out the series with a 6-2 win as Bolt smacked his third home run of the season. Hobbs Johnson gave up two runs in the first inning and went four innings total. Chris McCue got credit for the win in relief. Trevor Kelly came on to pick up the save. Moran and Stubbs had an RBI each to remained tied for the team lead with 19 apiece.

UNC is off to an excellent and totally expected start for the #1 team in the country. However, perhaps the toughest challenge of the season awaits this weekend when Miami comes to Chapel Hill. The Heels have lost five straight to Miami and seven of their last eight against the Hurricanes. The Heels were swept in Coral Gables last season and Kent Emanuel was roughed up in the first game and UNC lost in 13 innings in the second game of the series. There is no way of knowing how much the recent ineptitude versus Miami weighs on the Tar Heel players, I am sure for some of them, it would be nice to exorcise this particular demon.