After a series loss last weekend against Dallas Baptist University, the North Carolina Tar Heels are now 7-2 on the season. The 2-1 series loss to DBU hurt UNC in the national rankings, including being dropped from the D1Baseball Top 25.
Below are the current rankings for Carolina:
- ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll: 16 (updates after Week 3)
- Baseball America: 22
- Collegiate Baseball: 20
- National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association: 23
- D1Baseball: n/a
Here are the results from the past week:
UNC Baseball Results
|3-6-20||vs. Notre Dame||L 5-8||10-5|
|3-7-20||vs. Notre Dame||L 8-11||10-6|
|3-8-20||vs. Notre Dame||L 8-14||10-7|
|3-10-20||vs. Gardner-Webb||W 13-6||11-7|
|3-11-20||vs. VMI||W 9-2||12-7|
Due to the snow lingering on the field last Friday, the first game of the series was moved to Saturday, making for a doubleheader in Chapel Hill.
The first game of the series was dominated by junior Joey Lancellotti. The righty threw seven shutout innings, striking out seven and allowing just four hits.
Lancellotti contributed to UNC’s three-run first inning as well. After first baseman Aaron Sabato drove in centerfielder Dylan Harris, Lancellotti returned the favor for Sabato with a double to left. Lancellotti made it home off the bat of left fielder Angel Zarate.
Zarate had a big third inning. The redshirt sophomore drove in Sabato and Danny Serretti. After advancing to second, he stole third and scored on a throwing error by DBU’s catcher.
Carolina tacked on three more runs in the sixth. Kyle Blendinger and Nik Pry each pitched an inning after Lancellotti went seven innings to secure the shutout for Carolina.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Carolina got on the board early with a Zarate RBI single in the first. DBU tied the game with a home run in the third, then UNC responded with a solo shot from Harris.
In the fourth, DBU scored three runs that proved to be enough for the victory. The Patriots added one more in the top of the seventh before catcher Will Stewart had a solo home run for UNC in the bottom half of the inning.
DBU scored in the top of the ninth for the final margin of 6-3.
In the Sunday finale, Carolina allowed two runs in the top of the first, and that was all it took for DBU. The Tar Heel offense did not show up that day, and wasted a great pitching effort by Austin Love.
The redshirt sophomore came in relief of starter Connor Ollio in the fourth and went the distance for UNC. The first 10 batters he faced did not reach base. He finished with a career-high nine strikeouts.
On Tuesday against NC A&T, Max Alba earned his first career win in first collegiate start. Alba went five innings, striking out six batters.
Harris, Serretti, and Zarate led UNC batters with two hits each. Harris had a RBI triple in the seventh. That was Carolina’s first triple of the season.
Tyler Causey had a pinch hit two-run home run in the eighth to cap off a 8-0 Carolina victory.