CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - #21 North Carolina scored nine runs in the third inning and Tar Heel starter Greg Holt held College of Charleston to two hits over six innings as UNC shutout the Cougars 10-0 Wednesday evening at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels improve to 32-17, while CofC falls to 36-14.
The Tar Heels exploded for nine runs in the third inning, using seven hits and one Charleston error to do the damage. Levi Michael led off the frame with a bunt single and scored on a RBI double down the left-field line by Dillon Hazlett. Freshman starter Matt Pegler (Greenville, S.C./Riverside) retired Brian Goodwin on a fly out to center, advancing Hazlett to third. Ryan Graepel lined a double down the right-field line to score Hazlett and advanced to third on a groundout by Tommy Coyle. Junior RHP Robert Jeroszko (Greenville, S.C./J.L. Mann) relieved Pegler and gave up a two-run blast to left by Jesse Wierzbicki for a 4-0 UNC lead.
A walk to Jacob Stallings and a single to right center by Mike Cavasinni put runners at the corners for the Tar Heels and Jeroszko loaded the bases on six pitches to Ben Bunting. Back-to-back walks with the bases loaded by Jeroszko increased UNC's lead to 6-0 before senior RHP Tom Schiller (Rochester, N.Y,/Monroe CC) came in from the bullpen for the Cougars. A pair of back-to-back singles by Goodwin and Graepel scored the final three runs of the inning, in which the Tar Heels sent 14 batters to the plate.
With junior RHP Casey Lucchese (Lexington, Ky./Paul Lawrence Dunbar) on the mound, UNC added a single run in the bottom of the sixth on a RBI double by Bunting to left that scored Cavasinni, who walked earlier in the inning. The Cougars threatened in the top of the seventh as sophomore LF Jose Rodriguez (Hialeah, Fla./Broward College) singled up the middle, but on a double down the right-field line by senior 1B Greg Blake (Westerly, R.I./Lake City CC) was thrown out attempting to score by five feet. Junior DH Kolby Epley (Yadkinville, N.C./Forbush) walked on six pitches and Blake advanced to third on a wild pitch by UNC reliever Zach Bernard, but sophomore RF Thomas Brittle (Cross, S.C./Berkeley) struck out to end the frame.
Pegler allowed three runs on five hits in 2-2/3 innings, while Jeroszko was touched for six runs on two hits with four walks without recording an out. Blake had two hits for the Cougars, who where held to five hits in the game.
Holt walked one and struck out three in the six innings for the Tar Heels. Five UNC batters had two hits apiece as their lineup collected 13 hits, four for extra bases.
Charleston returns to action Friday evening in Boone, N.C. as it faces Appalachian State in the final Southern Conference series of the regular season. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m.