Tar Heels Take Series From Terrapins
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- No. 1 North Carolina (28-2, 11-2 ACC) battled back from an early deficit to claim a 5-3 series-clinching win over Maryland (16-14, 4-10 ACC) Saturday night at Boshamer Stadium.
The Terrapins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top half of the first inning as they scored a pair of runs against Tar Heel starter Benton Moss.
The Carolina offense chipped away at the lead with single runs in the second and third innings before using a three-run fourth inning to claim a 5-3 lead.
The Tar Heels picked up three straight singles from Cody Stubbs, Michael Russell and Mike Zolk to open the fourth inning before Parks Jordan stepped in and delivered a RBI single to right field to tie the game at 3-3.
Matt Roberts followed by lifting a fly ball to left field that looked deep enough for a sacrifice fly but the ball was dropped allowing everyone to move up a base and give the Tar Heels a 4-3 lead. A Brian Holberton ground out would plate another run before the Carolina bullpen took over.
Junior Shane Taylor threw a scoreless fifth inning before sophomore Chris McCue struck out three over the next three scoreless innings.
McCue retired eight of nine hitters he faced during one stretch of his outing as he kept the Terrapins in check and the Tar Heels in front.
Maryland threatened in the top half of the ninth inning with a leadoff double from LaMonte Wade before Carolina went to the bullpen once again for freshman right-hander Trent Thornton.
Thornton came on and forced a ground out to second for the first out of the inning as Wade advanced to third base.
Wade would be stranded at third as Thornton buckled down and struck out the next two batters to claim his first career save and give Carolina the 5-3 win.
Eight of Carolina's nine starters recorded a hit Saturday night as the Tar Heels claimed their seventh series victory of the year.
Parks Jordan paced the offense with a pair of RBIs, while Holberton and Roberts each added one apiece.
Tate Parrish earned the win, the second of his career, as he recorded the final out of the fourth inning.
Carolina will look for the series sweep on Sunday with first pitch set for 1 p.m.