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Monday Baseball Report(3/25)

The Tar Heel cruise through the week undefeated.

Last week's results: def. Princeton 16-0, def. Boston College 11-0, 5-2
Record Last Week: 3-0
Record This Season: 21-1
Upcoming Schedule: 3/26 vs VCU, 3/27 vs Winthrop, 3/30-4/1 vs Clemson

In a way you could almost call this a "light" week for the Diamond Heels. The midweek game saw UNC with another inning of batting around on the other team as the Heels throttled Princeton 16-0. Colin Moran had a big day going 4-6 with two RBIs and Skye Bolt had three RBIs and three runs scored to continue his torrid pace. Trent Thornton pitched 7 innings of shutout baseball followed by two innings, no-hit stint from Luis Paula. In short, the midweek games continue to be an exercise in keeping the team from getting rusty in between the ACC games on the weekend.

The weekend brought a last minute change to the schedule that had UNC playing at home rather than on the road. Originally the Tar Heels were slated to play a three game series at Boston College but the field conditions in Chestnut Hill were deemed unplayable. The series was moved to Chapel Hill with a doubleheader on Saturday and the series finale on Sunday. The Eagles were treated the home team i.e. they batted last while for RPI purposes it was considered a home game for the Heels.

In the first game Kent Emanuel dominated the Eagles only giving up three hits and striking out seven in eight innings as the Heels won the first game of the doubleheader 11-0. UNC used a 19-hit attach highlighted by a five run sixth which blew the game open. Brian Holberton provided the big stick in the frame with a three run homer to right center.

In the second and what turned out to be the final game of the series, Benton Moss and Chris McCue combined to hold Boston College to a pair of runs. Bolt drove in two runs and Moran one to push the Heels to their 21st win of the season 5-2. UNC and Boston College were schedule for a third game on Sunday but it was cancelled due to rain and will not be made up.

The two wins over BC pushed the Heels to 7-1 in ACC play where they sit a half game in front of Virginia in the Coastal Division. After two midweek games, UNC hosts yet another big series against the always tough Clemson Tigers. Like the Miami series, this will be a tough test for the Tar Heels.