Holberton collects two RBIs as UNC holds on to beat Canisius in opener
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Chaz Frank had three hits and Brian Holberton drove in two runs to help North Carolina beat Canisius 6-3 on Friday night in the Chapel Hill Regional.
Holberton's two run-single provided an early lead for the Tar Heels (53-8), the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament. Canisius (42-16) trailed 4-3 in the eighth before UNC added two runs on Mike Zolk's sacrifice fly and Frank's single to stay in control.
It was an otherwise off night for the Tar Heels, who got a shaky start from Benton Moss and had two runners thrown out at home.
Ryan Coppinger and Jose Torralba each had two hits for fourth-seeded Canisius, which loaded the bases with one out in the eighth only to see Trent Thornton strike out the next two batters.
Garrett Cortright (11-4) took the loss, while Canisius stranded 14 men on base in its first NCAA game.