CHARLOTTE — Tony Montalbano got caught in a rundown between third base and home for the final out and N.C. State withstood a late rally to complete a sweep of its season series with Charlotte, winning 2-1 Tuesday.
With runners at the corners with two out in the ninth, Wolfpack second baseman Logan Ratledge misplayed a grounder, allowing Michael Green to score from third for Charlotte (22-14), cutting the lead to 2-1.
Montalbano tried to score from first base, but pulled up midway between third and home after seeing right fielder Jake Fincher’s throw get cut off at the pitcher’s mound, setting up the rundown that ended the game.
N.C. State (29-10) pitcher Ethan Ogburn kept Charlotte handcuffed most of the game, taking a perfect game into the seventh inning and striking out five.
North Carolina 5, Coastal Carolina 1: Chaz Frank broke up a no-hitter in the sixth inning with a game-tying RBI triple as the host Tar Heels (35-2) scored five unanswered runs to win their 10th straight, topping the Chanticleers (24-13), who also entered the game on a nine-game streak.
Five different players had RBIs for UNC, which scored a pair of runs in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh inning and won despite being outhit 8-4.
Coastal Carolina took a 1-0 lead in the inning when Jacob May connected on a solo home run to open the inning.
Parks Jordan started the sixth-inning rally for the Tar Heels with a one-out walk and raced around from first on Frank’s 13th career triple.
Colin Moran registered his 57th RBI of the year two batters later as he plated Frank with a sacrifice fly and put the Tar Heels in front 2-1.
Chris Munnelly combined with reliever Chris McCue on a scoreless seventh inning before the Tar Heel bats added a few insurance runs.
Cody Stubbs opened the seventh with an opposite field solo home run, his fifth of the year, to put Carolina in front 3-1. Then, a walk to Michael Russell and a single by Mike Zolk put runners on the corners for catcher Matt Roberts. The junior dropped a sacrifice squeeze bunt toward first base to plate Russell and move Zolk into scoring position.
Parks Jordan pushed the lead to 5-1 when he lined an RBI single into left center.
McCue delivered a 1-2-3 eighth inning and returned to the mound for the ninth.
Coastal Carolina opened the ninth with a single to center before McCue retired the next two batters.
McCue issued a walk to put a pair of runners on base as Trent Thornton was summoned from the bullpen.
A single by the Chanticleers’ leadoff man Trent Blackman loaded the bases before Thornton forced a ground ball to the right side to end the game. News Services