No. 17 UNC boots Davidson
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Jesse Wierzbicki blasted his second home run of the season and Cody Stiles earned his first career win as No. 17 North Carolina claimed a 14-6 win against visiting Davidson Wednesday. The win improves Carolina to 8-1 on the year as the Tar Heels get set to host Stony Brook in a three-game series starting Friday at 3 p.m.
Carolina dug itself an early hole as the Wildcats pushed two runs across in the top of the first but the Tar Heels bounced back with a pair of runs in their half of the first to even the score.
Three consecutive walks with one out loaded the bases for Jacob Stallings who lifted a ball to left field to score Tommy Coyle from third before Chaz Frank continued his hot start with a single through the right side that scored Levi Michael.
Stiles settled down in the second as he retired the side in order before his offense tacked on another run when Levi Michael laced a single to center scoring Ben Bunting to make the score 3-2.
The Carolina offense exploded for five runs in the third as 11 Tar Heels went to the plate. Wierzbicki blasted a two-run shot, while a pair of Wildcat errors helped the Tar Heels add to their lead. Bunting and Colin Moran each tallied a RBI in the inning as Carolina extended its lead to 8-2 after three.
Davidson struck back in the sixth with a two-out rally. Back-to-back singles followed by a walk loaded the bases before Michael Zelbo singled to center driving two runs in. Another walk and another two-run single quickly cut the Carolina lead to four (8-4) at the end of five and a half innings.
A pair of RBI hits from Bunting and Coyle in the sixth inning extended the Carolina lead to 10-6 before the Tar Heels put the game away with four runs in the seventh. Wierzbicki, Bunting and freshman Parks Jordan all tallied RBI hits in the inning for Carolina. The RBI single for Jordan was the first of his career.
Carolina used nine different pitchers in the game and received scoreless outings from Tate Parrish, Tim Brechbuehler, Greg Holt, Andrew Smith, Jimmy Messer and Bryant Gaines.
Wierzbicki finished 2-for-4 on the day with three runs scored and three RBIs, while Bunting added three RBIs of his own.