Bolt Blasts UNC Past Miami, 4-1
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Freshman Skye Bolt connected on a go-ahead three-run home run in the eighth inning Sunday to help propel No. 1 UNC (18-1, 5-1 ACC) past No. 29 Miami (15-7, 2-3 ACC), 4-1, to clinch the series.
The home run was the fourth of the year for Bolt who finished his day at the plate 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
The first two batters of the Tar Heel eighth were retired quickly before sophomore shortstop Michael Russell turned on an A.J. Salcines offering and sent it down the left field line.
Russell's shot was cut down by a stiff breeze and hit the base of the outfield wall for a two-out double.
With a base open the Hurricanes elected to walk junior Colin Moran to face Bolt with a force out at every base.
Bolt got ahead 1-0 on Salcines and then turned on the second offering hitting a towering fly ball to left field that sailed over the fence for the go-ahead home run, thus putting UNC in front, 4-1.
The Tar Heels claimed a 1-0 lead in the very first inning behind a solo home run by Moran off of starter Andrew Suarez. The home run was Moran's second of the week and fourth of the season.
Junior left-hander Hobbs Johnson kept the Canes in check through the first four innings before Miami was able to even the contest at 1-1 in the fifth inning.
A hit batter and a walk would put two runners on for Alex Fernandez who singled up the middle to plate a run and tie the game at 1-1. Johnson was able to limit the damage and record a key strikeout to end the threat.
Sophomore right-hander Trevor Kelley would toss a scoreless sixth inning for the Tar Heels before surrendering a leadoff single to open the seventh inning.
Sophomore Chris McCue would come on in relief of Kelley and pick up a strikeout and a soft line out to end the threat.
McCue would follow the seventh with a scoreless eighth before Bolt delivered the go-ahead home run in the bottom half.
McCue worked around a flare single to left to open the ninth inning and retired the Canes in order after that to improve to 4-0 on the season.
The top five hitters in the Carolina lineup paced the offense Sunday as they combined to go 7-for-19.
Up next for the Tar Heels is a visit from Princeton on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Tigers are coached by former Tar Heel backstop Scott Bradley.