CHAPEL HILL — Top-ranked North Carolina used a four-run first inning to get started, and then held on for a 9-5 win Tuesday night against James Madison.
Landon Lassiter went 3-for-3 with three RBIs for the Tar Heels (43-4), and Cody Stubbs also drove in three runs as North Carolina improved to 24-1 in nonconference action.
Left-hander Hobbs Johnson (4-0) claimed his second consecutive mid-week win, holding the Dukes (20-24) to just one hit and striking out four, while working around five walks. Johnson lowered his ERA to 2.00.
The Tar Heels jumped to a 4-0 lead thanks to RBI singles by Colin Moran and Parks Jordan as well as a two-run double by Cody Stubbs in the first inning.
North Carolina added single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to push the lead to 7-0.
The Dukes would get to the Tar Heels bullpen in the seventh inning when they sent nine men to the plate and the Tar Heels walked four.
A bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly would plate two runs in the seventh before a single fell into left-center for Tyler Duke to score two more runs and cut the deficit to 7-4. A wild pitch would score another for James Madison before Tate Parrish came on and struck out Matt Tenaglia to end the threat.
Trent Thornton came on with two on and one out in the eighth and quickly forced a foulout and a ground ball to first to end the inning. He would toss a scoreless ninth for his fourth save of the year.
Campbell 6, College of Charleston 2: Consecutive two-out hits in the fourth by Will Albertson, Nick Ray and Jesse Simmons put the Camels (40-9) ahead 4-1 against the Cougars (26-21) in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Campbell’s David Olson retired nine straight batters to close the game.
High Point 7, N.C. Central 4: Spencer Angelis hit his first home run of the season and Dane McDermott had three hits and two RBIs for the Panthers (24-24), who took the lead for good at N.C. Central (25-26) with a three-run sixth. Akeem Hood had two hits and Troy Marrow one hit and two RBIs for the Eagles.
Furman at Clemson: The Paladins will play a day-night doubleheader Wednesday with games at Clemson after Tuesday’s contest was rained out. The first game will begin at 2:30 andthe second at 7 p.m.
Duke at Davidson: The game was canceled after three pitches because of a steady rain.