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Bolt walk-off gives Heels 6-5 win over USC

Posted June 8, 2013
Updated June 9, 2013

North Carolina overcame early pitching trouble and a late South Carolina comeback for a 6-5 win Saturday in game one of the Chapel Hill super regional.

With two outs and two strikes, UNC's Skye Bolt hit an RBI walk-off single for the win in the bottom of the ninth.

"It's every guys dream as a hitter," said Bolt. "I love being in that situation, I thrive off of it."

South Carolina tied the game at 5 all in the top of the eighth after an RBI double from Chase Vergason. Carolina closer Trent Thornton went 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth to give the Heels the last chance in regulation.

"We know that we can do it but who wants to play 14 innings when you can do it in nine and get the victory?," Bolt said.

Fox, players: Incredible game, great win Fox, players: Incredible game, great win

The Gamecocks scored four runs, including a Joey Pankake home run, in the first three innings to end North Carolina starter Kent Emanuel’s day after just 2.1 innings. Emanuel allowed seven hits, four earned runs and struck out one batter in his shortest outing all season. Monday’s starter RHP Chris Munnelly came in to take over.

Munnelly put two on in the top of the fourth when Fox opted for lefty Tate Parrish. Parrish got the Heels out of the inning, leaving South Carolina scoreless for the first time all game.

North Carolina answered USC with two runs in the bottom of the first and brought it within one run at 4-3 in the bottom of the third. Gamecock first baseman Kyle Martin kept the Heels from tying the game in the bottom of the fourth with a line drive grab at first for a double play.

After blanking South Carolina in the fourth, fifth and sixth, the Tar Heels stepped up offensively in the bottom of the sixth for their first lead of the game.

Cody Stubbs dropped a double on the warning track in right field to advance Skye Bolt to third with no outs. South Carolina opted to pull starter Nolan Belcher for Adam Westmoreland but the damage was done. Brian Holberton hit a 2 RBI single to put the Tar Heels ahead 5-4.

"Incredible baseball game," said head coach Mike Fox. "We feel very fortunate to be able to have won. A couple clutch wings of the bat for our guys."

Chris McCue came in for the Tar Heels in the fifth, pitching two scoreless innings. Trent Thornton entered in relief in the seventh.

North Carolina will start Hobbs Johnson in game two of super regional play. The Heels face South Carolina Saturday at 1:05 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium.

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  • unc70 Jun 9, 12:21 p.m.

    I'm right on the field just past third. Stayed out there until fairly late in the game. Will be... View More

    — Posted by unc70

    It looked like a sell out crowd yesterday - hope it's the same today. "Heart Attack... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    It was reported to be a sellout, which is in the neighborhood of 4,500. I was impressed... View More

    — Posted by Ken D.

    I originally had plans to be out of town and didn't try to get tickets. Those plans were... View More

    — Posted by kornfan2448

    They were being quoted outside the Bosh for $100-125 each.

    Attendance is listed at 4,335. Capacity is usually listed as 4,100. There were temporary seats tucked in at various spots around the stands. It was very full, very hot. Today will be brutal in the sun, and there really isn't any shade this time of day.

  • fergie Jun 9, 10:58 a.m.

    Benton Moss today for the Heels' 10th CWS appearance.

  • kornfan2448 Jun 9, 9:39 a.m.

    Was looking for you on the screen today. Guess I know why I didn't see you.

    — Posted by ncstateforever

    I'm right on the field just past third. Stayed out there until fairly late in the game. Will be... View More

    — Posted by unc70

    It looked like a sell out crowd yesterday - hope it's the same today. "Heart Attack... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    It was reported to be a sellout, which is in the neighborhood of 4,500. I was impressed... View More

    — Posted by Ken D.

    I originally had plans to be out of town and didn't try to get tickets. Those plans were cancelled late week and I looked to buy tickets and couldn't fine them anywhere (StubHub, etc...). Great to see the interest in local college baseball.

  • BattlingBishop 5 Jun 9, 9:23 a.m.

    Was looking for you on the screen today. Guess I know why I didn't see you.

    — Posted by ncstateforever

    I'm right on the field just past third. Stayed out there until fairly late in the game. Will be... View More

    — Posted by unc70

    It looked like a sell out crowd yesterday - hope it's the same today. "Heart Attack... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    It was reported to be a sellout, which is in the neighborhood of 4,500. I was impressed... View More

    — Posted by Ken D.

    6 NTs will do that for a program.

  • Ken D. Jun 9, 9:06 a.m.

    LOVE your avatar!

    What a game! talk about Heart Attack Heels! Bottom of 9th, two outs, two... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    Was looking for you on the screen today. Guess I know why I didn't see you.

    — Posted by ncstateforever

    I'm right on the field just past third. Stayed out there until fairly late in the game. Will be... View More

    — Posted by unc70

    It looked like a sell out crowd yesterday - hope it's the same today. "Heart Attack... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    It was reported to be a sellout, which is in the neighborhood of 4,500. I was impressed watching the LSU-Oklahoma game at the size of their crowd - 11,400! It could be that the amount of fan interest in ACC games has something to do with the 58 year championship drought for the league.

  • Hokies94 Jun 9, 8:12 a.m.

    One of the best games of the year. Bolt is a true gamer. He wanted to have this chance. Congrat's to the Heels. My computer got knocked out on Friday night. Glad I could say congratulations to the Heels and the Pack.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jun 9, 7:12 a.m.

    Errors help us today, but all part of the game. Hope we can continue tomorrow with another win.

    — Posted by ncstateforever

    LOVE your avatar!

    What a game! talk about Heart Attack Heels! Bottom of 9th, two outs, two... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    Was looking for you on the screen today. Guess I know why I didn't see you.

    — Posted by ncstateforever

    I'm right on the field just past third. Stayed out there until fairly late in the game. Will be... View More

    — Posted by unc70

    It looked like a sell out crowd yesterday - hope it's the same today. "Heart Attack Heels" games don't lack excitement, that's for sure.

  • 123dnih Jun 9, 1:51 a.m.

    Any cheating going on in C Hill today............?? Hmmm..

    — Posted by Alex25

    ...You are pitiful and boring...

  • unc70 Jun 8, 9:43 p.m.

    Errors help us today, but all part of the game. Hope we can continue tomorrow with another win.

    — Posted by ncstateforever

    LOVE your avatar!

    What a game! talk about Heart Attack Heels! Bottom of 9th, two outs, two... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    Was looking for you on the screen today. Guess I know why I didn't see you.

    — Posted by ncstateforever

    I'm right on the field just past third. Stayed out there until fairly late in the game. Will be there Sunday unless offered far, far more than today's 100-125 each. Probably even then.

  • The Greatest Ever Jun 8, 9:26 p.m.

    Go Heels! great win!

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