No. 2 UNC Drops Opener To No. 7 Virginia
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- No. 2 North Carolina surrendered a season-high 10 runs Thursday night as No. 7 Virginia claimed the first game of a three-game set, 10-4, at Boshamer Stadium.
The Cavaliers (44-8, 21-7 ACC) took a 2-0 lead in the second inning before Carolina responded in the bottom half with two runs of its own behind a RBI single from Brian Holberton and a sacrifice fly by Mike Zolk.
The Tar Heels (46-7, 20-6 ACC) would carry the momentum into the third inning as starter Kent Emanuel retired the Wahoos in order before the top of the order went to work.
Chaz Frank opened the inning with a single to center field and stole second base. A Landon Lassiter single would put runners on the corners for Colin Moran who pushed the Tar Heels in front with a RBI single past the first baseman and into right field.
Skye Bolt followed with a ground ball to the shortstop that scored another run as the Tar Heels held a 4-2 advantage after three innings.
Virginia would storm right back with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth before taking advantage of a Tar Heel miscue in the fifth inning to plate two more unearned runs and regain the lead at 6-4.
The Cavaliers added a single run in the sixth to push the margin to 7-4. The Tar Heels would threaten Virginia starter Brandon Waddell in the sixth inning when Cody Stubbs opened the inning with a walk and Michael Russell singled.
Mike Zolk hit a high chopper to first base that was mishandled allowing Stubbs and Russell to move up 90 feet and load the bases with one out. Back-to-back fly outs to center field would strand the runners and end the last threat of the night for the Tar Heels.
Virginia added two more runs in the eighth and another in the ninth to provide the final tally of 10-4.
UVA freshman starter Brandon Waddell improved to 5-1 on the year with the win and closer Kyle Crockett threw two innings of one-hit ball to seal the deal.
The loss for Emanuel (9-3) was his third of the year and marked the first time in his career that he suffered losses in back-to-back starts.
Freshman Landon Lassiter paced the Tar Heels at the plate as he went 4-for-5 with four singles and a run scored.
Sophomore Benton Moss will toe the rubber for Carolina on Friday as he will face Virginia left-hander Scott Silverstein. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.