UNCW Baseball Upsets No. 1 North Carolina
CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina – Tyler Molinaro’s two-run homer in the eighth and shutout relief from Kelly Secrest over five and 2/3 innings lifted #21 UNCW over #1 UNC Chapel Hill, 9-8, in college baseball action onTuesday at Boshamer Stadium.
For the Seahawks, who improved to 31-11 with the road win, it was their first win against a top-ranked program and their highest since a 15-5 win at #5 East Carolina in 2004. UNC, meanwhile, dropped to 39-3 on the season and saw its 14-game winning streak come to a halt.
The Seahawks trailed 6-0 in the third and 8-6 in the fourth before outscoring UNC, 3-1, over the final three frames. The win also snapped a 13-game losing streak to their in-state rivals that dated back to 2003.
Molinaro and Michael Bass keyed the Seahawks at the plate, each with two hits. Luke Dunlap knocked in three runs with a bases-loaded double in the fourth inning.
Trent Thornton (8-1) suffered the loss after allowing Molinaro’s homer in the eighth.
UNCW clipped UNC starter Chris Munnelly for four runs on two hits and five walks over three and 2/3 innings.
Colin Moran was one of three Tar Heels with two hits on the game, including his 10 homer of the season. He knocked in three runs.
Secrest (2-0) shutdown the Tar Heels, allowing one hit and two walks over his season-long outing. Secrest finished with two strikeouts and faced just three hitters over the minimum.
Up next: The Seahawks close out their eight-game road stretch with a three-game series at Towson beginning on Apr. 26 with a 3 p.m. start.
How it happened: The Seahawks erased a 6-0 deficit in the fourth inning with six-runs to even the game. Michael Bass singled in two runs and Dunlap added a three-run double off the wall in left to tie the game. Trailing 8-7 in the eighth, Terence Connelly opened the inning getting hit by a pitch and Bass moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt. Molinaro then belted the first pitch he saw over the wall in right center for the lead.
Inside the numbers: UNCW plated six runs with two out … Seahawk pitchers held the Tar Heels to just two hits with two out (2-for-10) … Lefthanded hitters were 1-for-11 against Secrest and righties 0-for-6 … UNC recorded 17 fly ball outs in spacious Boshamer Stadium.
Notes: The win was the second over a top-ranked squad as the UNCW men’s soccer team edged top-ranked UNC Greensboro in 2005 … Dunlap extended his career-long hitting streak to 12 games while Ryan LaGrange tied his career-high streak at 11 games … Michael Bass, who was ranked fourth nationally in batting average, raised his season average to .433, going 2-for-4 … Bass also extended his on-base streak to 38 games … Nine runs were a season-high allowed by the Tar Heels.