Runs have come easy lately for North Carolina’s baseball team.
So when N.C. State took a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning on Friday night, UNC starter J.B. Bukauskas wasn’t ready to panic.
“I had no doubt our offense was going to score when I gave up that run,” Bukauskas said. “I knew (the offense) would bounce right back.”
That’s just how it went for the No. 4 Tar Heels in a 7-2 win over the Wolfpack on Friday night to push their winning streak to 10 games.
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Kyle Datres hit a two-run home run off the netting in left field to give the Tar Heels (28-6, 13-3 ACC) the lead for good in the bottom the sixth.
UNC added three more runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth to push their six-game total to 78 runs.
“That’s pretty good,” junior shortstop Logan Warmoth said.
Yeah, not bad. Warmoth was right in the middle of it with four hits and an RBI. He has feasted on Wolfpack pitching with a .687 average (11 of 16) in the past four games against N.C. State (19-16, 7-9).
Bukauskas threw five no-hit innings and only gave up the run in the sixth to improve to 6-0. N.C. State first baseman Stephen Pitarra broke up the no-hitter in the sixth with a single to right and then scored on a single by centerfielder Josh McLain for a 1-0 lead.
Bukauskas struck out six and gave up four runs in seven innings. Warmoth and Millbrook’s Brian Miller had RBI singles in the seventh and catcher Cody Roberts tacked on a two-run home run in the eighth.
N.C. State won the series last year in Raleigh, which helped keep the Tar Heels out of the ACC and NCAA tournaments. The Heels haven’t lost a home series to the Wolfpack since 2004.
“Any time we’re playing State, you know you’re going to have a good a game, a good crowd and this atmosphere is fun,” Bukauskas said. “It’s definitely big to get the first one out of the way.”
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