Feb. 25, 2009

Courtesy of North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - A two-run home run by Jose Iglesias in the eighth inning, and two Tar Heel errors in the ninth lifted No. 18 Coastal Carolina to a 7-3 win over No. 1 North Carolina Tuesday at Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium. Levi Michael went 2-for-5 with a home run and an RBI single, and Mike Cavasinni went 2-for-5 with two runs scored to pace the Tar Heels (3-1).

Iglesias added a sacrifice fly in the ninth for a game-high three RBI, and Rico Noel led the Chanticleers (4-1) with two hits.

Left-hander Matt Rein (1-0) picked up the win after allowing one run on two hits in 2 1/3 innings for Coastal, which recorded its first-ever win over the nation's No. 1-ranked team.

Right-hander Colin Bates (0-1) took the loss for the Tar Heels but was not helped by the costly pair of errors in the ninth. He allowed five runs - only one of which was earned - on three hits and two walks over an inning of work.

The late Coastal rally spoiled a solid start for UNC right-hander Patrick Johnson, who struck out a career-best nine and allowed just one unearned run over five innings in a no-decision. He held the Chanticleers to two hits and walked just one, before left-hander Brian Moran, who struck out four over 2 1/3 innings, entered in the sixth.

With UNC holding a 3-1 lead through seven, the two-run home run by Iglesias - his fourth on the season - knotted the score at three. Noel started the rally with a double off Moran, and Iglesias followed two batters later with a shot to left off Bates.

In the ninth, a single by Adam Rice and a two-base throwing error by UNC catcher Mark Fleury on a bunt attempt put runners at second and third with no outs. After a walk loaded the bases, a fielding error by shortstop Ryan Graepel allowed the go-ahead run to score. Noel followed with an infield single, David Anderson drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk and Iglesias added a sacrifice fly to close the scoring for Coastal.

Ben Bunting and Cavasinni singled in the ninth for the Tar Heels, but they could push across any runs.

Carolina took advantage of a Coastal Carolina error to grab an early lead in the first. After Johnson struck out the side looking, Cavasinni singled to lead off the bottom of the inning, took second on a walk to Dustin Ackley and advanced to third on a Kyle Seager fielder's choice, but Taylor Motter's throw to first on Seager's grounder was errant and allowed the game's first run to score.

Coastal tied the game in the third with an unearned run of its own, as Dan Bowman singled and scored from second on a passed ball and a wild pitch.

After Moran fanned the side in the sixth to strand two runners, Michael belted the second pitch he saw from Hessler out to left center to regain the lead for Carolina. The home run was the first of Michael's career and the first by a Tar Heel at the renovated Boshamer Stadium.

Michael struck again in the seventh to boost Carolina's lead to 3-1 with an RBI single through the left side to score Cavasinni, who reached on a fielder's choice and alertly took second on a wild pitch.

Ackley, who went 0-for-3 with a walk, saw a 16-game hitting streak dating to last season come to an end.

Carolina is back in action at home Wednesday against Liberty at 3 p.m.