CHAPEL HILL — Cody Stubbs tallied three hits Tuesday night but none was bigger than his game-winning RBI single to push No. 1 North Carolina past VCU (12-10), 3-2 in 10 innings.
The Tar Heels (22-1) had to use a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the game to extra innings after North Carolina stranded 17 runners over the first eight innings, including leaving the bases loaded in three frames.
Trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom half of the ninth inning North Carolina cleanup hitter Skye Bolt bunted for a leadoff single.
Stubbs followed by laying down a bunt to the right side of the infield and forced the second baseman to make a play. Stubbs reached first for the infield single but an error allowed Bolt to reach third.
With runners at the corners and nobody out, Michael Russell hit his fifth hard-hit ball of the night to shallow left field. Bolt tagged from third base and beat the throw that was cut off by the third baseman as UNC tied the game at 2.
Lassiter singled up the middle with one out in the 10th. Colin Moran nearly ended the game but enabled Lassiter to move into scoring position when he hit a fly ball deep to center field.
VCU had a base open with Lassiter at second and issued Bolt an intentional walk to create a force at every base.
The force would not come into play, however, as Stubbs laced a ball into the right center field gap and two-hopped the outfield wall as Lassiter came around to score.
William & Mary 10, East Carolina 4: Visiting William & Mary (17-8) pounded out 19 hits and got multi-hit performances from five players en route to a win over East Carolina (11-14).
The Tribe scored a pair of runs in the first frame taking an early 2-0 lead. Ryan Brown and Ryan Lindemuth recorded back-to-back one-out singles and later scored.
Matt Wainman (3-2) picked up the win allowing a pair of runs, both unearned, on four hits with four walks and five strikeouts in five innings of work.
Tyler Bolton (0-2) dropped his second-straight start giving up two runs, both earned, on seven hits with two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.
N.C. Central 5-10, Longwood 4-0: The Eagles have set a new school record in the modern era with their ninth straight win.
N.C. Central (18-9) scored three times in the first inning and held out despite being outhit 14-9. Jacob Russell (3-1) earned the win on the mound, with Gavin Guarrera getting the save.
The Eagles scored five runs in both the first and sixth innings of the nightcap to close out Longwood early. Ruben Rios earned the win pitching.
Saint Augustines 7-5, Claflin 8-3: The Falcons recovered from dropping the opener in eight innings to beat Claflin in the nightcap in a doubleheader played at USA Baseball Complex in Cary.
Saint Augustines (22-10) has won 11 of their past 13 games.