Bryse Wilson came up with big performances both at the plate and on the mound Tuesday to lead Orange to a 3-0 win over visiting Chapel Hill.
With the win, Orange (10-3, 5-1 conference) moved one-half game in front of Cardinal Gibbons (10-2, 4-1) in the Big Eight standings. Orange and Gibbons split their regular-season meetings this year.
Wilson, a 6-2, 215-pound junior, recently committed early to UNC-Chapel Hill. Tuesday, he made it clear why the Tar Heels were after him since his sophomore year.
Wilson (4-2) struck out eight Tigers and walked just one while scattering four hits over a full seven innings of work.
“Any time Bryse Wilson takes the mound, the whole team believes they have a really good chance to win,” Orange coach Dean Dease said. “He's a really, really fine pitcher and he did a remarkable job holding Chapel Hill at bay.”
In the bottom of the sixth, Wilson crushed a 3-1 fastball over the left field fence for his second homer of the season and a 3-0 lead for Orange.
Wilson went 2-3 at the plate on a 10-hit day for the Panthers. Braden Weber (2-3 HR), Eli Lockwood (2-2), and Cameron Mehl 2-2 each provided two hits.
Chandler Compton opened the scoring in the third inning by beating out an infield hit, advancing on two sacrifices and scoring on a wild pitch.
Weber made it a 2-0 lead in the fourth with his first home run of the season, sailing a 1-1 pitch into the cedar trees over the left field fence.
Wilson got into trouble just once, loading the bases with no outs in the top of the fifth. A fielding error and Wilson's only walk of the game put Tigers at first and second; Chapel Hill's Ari Horowitz (2-3 for the game) followed it a looping ball into left field.
Wilson induced the next two batters to pop up in the infield, and the third lined out to third.
“He got out of that bases loaded jam with no outs … that's big time,” Dease said. “That was probably the ball game right there.”