The North Carolina Tar Heels will have a week off after Tuesday’s win versus Richmond. UNC is riding a six-game winning streak that included a series sweep of Clemson over the weekend in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels are ranked third in all the major polls, even collecting a first-place vote in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
Carolina still has the lead in the Coastal Division, leading Virginia by five games. Next weekend, Virginia hosts Miami in a match up that will determine who will have the momentum chasing the Tar Heels down the stretch in the Coastal. Miami trails Virginia by two games in the division with one game in hand.
Here are the results from last week:
UNC Baseball Results - Week 11
|4/28/2017||vs. Clemson||W 5-1||34-9|
|4/29/2017||vs. Clemson||W 5-4||35-9|
|4/30/2017||vs. Clemson||W 3-2 (10)||36-9|
|5/2/2017||vs. Richmond||W 5-4||37-9|
Against Richmond on Tuesday night, the Tar Heels took the early lead in the first on a RBI double by left fielder Tyler Lynn.
Catcher Brandon Martorano hit a RBI single and shortstop Logan Warmoth had a sac fly in the fourth to stretch the UNC to three.
However, Richmond rallied with two outs int he fifth to tie the score at three. The Spiders added one in the seventh to take the lead.
In the eighth, third baseman Kyle Datres reached on a double, and after Cody Roberts reached on a single, second baseman Zack Gahagan knocked in Datres to tie the game at four.
Trevor Gay and Taylor Sugg pitched for the Heels in the ninth and kept Richmond off the board. In the bottom of the ninth, the top of the order was up for Carolina. Richmond intentionally walked Lynn to load the bases and Datres, in the cleanup spot, was up next for the Tar Heels. A pop-up to shallow right caused confusion between Richmond’s center and right fielders and Carolina won on a walk-off for the second straight game.
Here is the final play, via the ACC Digital Network:
On the Tar Heel roster, Logan Warmoth continues to lead the team in batting average (.330), home runs (7), hits (64), extra base hits (24), runs (42), and slugging percentage (.541). Kyle Datres leads the team in RBIs (36). Brian Miller leads UNC with 18 stolen bases.
Tar Heel starting pitcher J.B. Bukauskas continues his stellar season on the mound by leading the ACC in wins (8), ERA (1.51), and strikeouts (96). Closer Josh Hiatt is tied for the conference lead with 13 saves on the year.
The Diamond Heels return to action next Tuesday against Davidson.