No. 10 North Carolina drops Winthrop
Moran goes 2-for-4 with a home run in return to Tar Heel lineup
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- No. 10 North Carolina turned in a second consecutive shutout and Colin Moran made a splash in his return to the lineup as the Tar Heels (31-13) downed Winthrop (13-30), 2-0 on Wednesday night. Moran was 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run and two RBIs to pace the Tar Heel offense.
Moran made his presence felt right away as he drove home the eventual game-winning run in the bottom of the first inning.
Lead-off man Chaz Frank drew a walk to open the first and proceeded to make his way to third by stealing second base and moving up on a throwing error.
Moran worked his way into a hitter's count at 2-1 before slapping a Preston Johnson offering through the left side to plate Frank and give Hobbs Johnson a 1-0 lead to work with.
Johnson was impressive on the mound once again as he cruised through four innings of work not allowing a runner to reach second base.
Johnson surrendered just two hits in his four innings of work, did not walk a batter and struck out six Eagles.
Relievers Shane Taylor and Tate Parrish combined on a scoreless fifth inning before Chris McCue sat the Eagles down in order in the sixth.
Moran made it a 2-0 Tar Heel lead when he opened the sixth with a solo home run, his third of the year, by turning on a Mitchell Knox offering and sending it over the right field wall.
The back-end duo of R.C. Orlan and Michael Morin provided the final nine outs of the ball game to give Carolina the 2-0 win.
Orlan threw a scoreless seventh before notching two outs in the eighth and made way for Morin on the mound.
He shut the door on the eighth before forcing a game-ending 4-6-3 double play for his 11th save of the year.
The Tar Heel pitching staff has posted 19 consecutive scoreless frames during their last two games.