UNC Takes Rain-Shortened Game, 6-1
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- No. 1 North Carolina claimed a midweek sweep of visiting James Madison (20-25) on Wednesday with a 6-1 win in a rain-shortened contest that was called in the sixth inning.
The Tar Heels improve to 44-4 on the year with the win as senior Chris Munnelly moves his record to 5-0. Munnelly threw five innings of one-run ball as he allowed two hits and struck out six.
Michael Russell paced the Tar Heels at the plate with a 3-for-3 performance with a run scored and two RBIs.
Parks Jordan busted up a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fourth inning when he lined a two-run double to right center field. Cody Stubbs and Michael Russell came around to score after they reached to open the inning thanks to a walk and a single.
A pair of wild pitches by James Madison starter Michael Church would allow Jordan to score from second and push UNC's lead to 4-1 after four innings.
The sophomore shortstop would hit a chopper through the middle of the infield scoring Moran and Holberton and extending the Tar Heel advantage to 6-1.
Freshman Reilly Hovis came on in relief of Munnelly to open the sixth inning and threw a scoreless frame to keep the Tar Heels in front.
Carolina will now head to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech in an ACC weekend series. Action will get underway at 7 p.m. on Friday from Russ Chandler Stadium and all three games will be carried live on ESPN3 and SiriusXM Radio.