College Baseball

No. 1 Tar Heels ground Eagles to improve to 23-1

Observer News ServicesMarch 28, 2013 

— No. 1 North Carolina rode a four-run seventh inning to a 6-2 victory Wednesday against Winthrop at Boshamer Stadium.

The Tar Heels (23-1) jumped a lead after the first inning when Michael Russell opened with a double and came around to score on a Landon Lassiter single.

Lassiter made his way to third base before crossing the plate on a Skye Bolt sacrifice fly to give freshman right-hander Trent Thornton a 2-0 lead. Thornton surrendered just three hits in five scoreless innings of work before getting into trouble in the sixth.

The Eagles (8-17) put the first two men on with singles before a sacrifice bunt moved the pair into scoring position. A groundout snapped Thornton’s scoreless streak – which had reached 20 1/3 innings – and another single tied the score.

Despite allowing the two earned runs, Thornton (5-0) still boasts an ERA of 0.81.

The Tar Heels will begin a three-game series Saturday at Clemson.

N.C. State 10, UNC Wilmington 6: The Wolfpack (17-9) held off a pair of comeback attempts by the Seahawks (17-8) at Wilmington.

N.C. State rolled to a 3-0 lead through its half of the second, but UNC Wilmington responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half to keep it close. The Wolfpack batted around for five runs in the third to make it 8-2, and again the Seahawks rallied with a four-run fourth to trim the deficit to 8-6.

Brett Austin finished 3-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, an RBI and two walks. Austin extended his ACC-leading doubles total to 13.

Duke 15, N.C. A&T 1: The Blue Devils (13-13) totaled 11 hits and took advantage of eight walks in a victory against the Aggies (7-17) in Greensboro.

Every player in Duke’s starting lineup reached base and scored at least one run. Redshirt sophomore Chris Marconcini and junior Jordan Betts both were 2-for-3 as the pair combined for seven RBIs and four runs scored.

“We played well in all three phases,” Blue Devils coach Chris Pollard said. “… We were really efficient with our offense in the third with the walk, the hit by a pitch and the two-out single. Then in the seven-run fourth, we did a good job with our two-out approach.”

Freshman James Marvel (3-2) picked up his third straight win, allowing one run on three hits in five innings. The right-hander struck out the side in the first and totaled five strikeouts in the game. A walk and a hit batter started Duke’s third when it scored four runs.

East Carolina 11, Elon 4: Jay Cannon had three hits, including a homer, and two RBIs, Chase McDonald smacked two solo homers and Bryan Bass one to help the Pirates (12-14) roll at Elon (14-11).

Western Carolina 5, Gardner-Webb 2: The Catamounts (14-12) scored four runs in the ninth inning to rally past the Runnin’ Bulldogs (13-11-1) in Boiling Springs, N.C.

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