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No. 5 Tar Heels fall at N.C. State, 5-4

Posted April 15, 2011

No. 5 North Carolina scored four runs in the top of the second but it was the only offensive output for the Tar Heels on a night that saw NC State (19-16, 6-10 ACC) claim a 5-4 win at Dail Park Friday night. Patrick Johnson suffered his first loss in more than a year in the contest as Ben Bunting drove in three runs for the Tar Heels. Game two is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Patrick Johnson had another shaky first inning Friday night as he allowed a pair of runs in the beginning of the contest.

Brett Williams opened with a lead off single to center and stole second before Johnson notched a strike out and a fly out. Johnson would get a little too close to Harold Riggins hitting the first baseman before Tarran Senay hit a double down the right field line to make the score 2-0 after one.

The Tar Heels answered once again in the top of the second as they pushed four runs across all with two down in the inning.

With one out, Jesse Wierzbicki singled past a diving shortstop before Chaz Frank and Brian Holberton each drew a free pass to load the bases for Seth Baldwin. The junior right fielder went down swinging leaving things up to Ben Bunting.

After watching a strike, Bunting drove a pitch to deep right field that bounced off the wall for a three-run triple as the Tar Heels jumped in front 3-2.

Levi Michael made it 4-2 with a single to center that scored Bunting from third ending the scoring in the second frame.
Johnson settled down once again in the second inning working a perfect frame, while notching a pair of punch outs to get back on track.

The senior right-hander would rattle off 11 straight outs from the end of the first until the bottom of the fifth.

With one out in the fifth NC State managed an infield single to third and a walk to put a pair of runners on base. A bunt by Brett Williams moved runners to second and third for Pratt Maynard who hit a ball down the first base line that skipped off of the first base bag and over Jesse Wierzbicki's head all the way into the right field corner plating a pair of runs.

Andrew Ciencin followed with a single that hit off relief pitcher's Greg Holt glove followed by the second base bag scoring Maynard from third to make the score 5-4 in favor of the Wolfpack.

NC State starter Cory Mazzoni did Johnson one better after the rough second inning retiring the next 11 batters he would face.

Seth Baldwin broke things up with a single to open the top of the seventh and moved to second a sacrifice bunt. Levi Michael would draw a walk to put a pair of runners on but back-to-back outs would end the threat in the seventh.

Colin Moran opened the top of the eighth with a shot down the right field line for a lead off double but would be stranded there as UNC's 7-8-9 batters all went down via strikeout.

Carolina would go quietly in the top of the ninth suffering its sixth loss of the year and fourth in ACC play.

Greg Holt threw two scoreless innings, while R.C. Orlan, Andrew Smith, Tate Parrish and Jimmy Messer all combined to keep the Wolfpack from stretching their lead in the seventh and eighth innings.

It will be a battle of lefties on Saturday as Carolina is slated to throw freshman southpaw Kent Emanuel, while NC State will counter with fellow left-hander Grant Sasser. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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  • wjuliang Apr 16, 12:44 p.m.

    ^wjuliang

    No - if it was football, it would be 4-0 NCSU.

    Ha! Sorry, couldn't resist. :)

    — Posted by lmartin152

    good one. looking forward to you guys hearing 1-0 in six months! :)

  • lmartin152 Apr 16, 11:27 a.m.

    ^wjuliang

    No - if it was football, it would be 4-0 NCSU.

    Ha! Sorry, couldn't resist. :)

  • wjuliang Apr 16, 11:04 a.m.

    Ah geez Tar Heels. What is this football, again? Go Heels, get the next 2!

  • GC Apr 16, 10:26 a.m.

    Did the Tar Heels fall at NC State, or should it have read, NC State beats Tar Heels. Headlines... View More

    — Posted by gsms69

    Exactly gsms. If you will notice the story is from the 'UNC sports information office'.

    What a crock WRAL. You have all these reporters and you decide to use UNC's angle on the story. This is the kind of tripe we get from the News & Observer too.

    If the game was played in Chapel Hill I might understand it. But since it was in Raleigh you would expect that WRAL would use State's SID office.

    The real question is why not use your own reporter or the AP story & not either schools'? Pretty pathetic for WRAL to do that considering their studio is only a quarter of a mile up the road from Doak Field. I expect better from WRAL.

  • SAC71GOPACK Apr 16, 8:36 a.m.

    LOL
    where are all the HOLE fans that were claiming a SWEEP was forthcoming???

    run forest, run!!!

  • gsms69 Apr 16, 8:29 a.m.

    Did the Tar Heels fall at NC State, or should it have read, NC State beats Tar Heels. Headlines like in golf. Tiger 5 behind leader.... rather than Stricker, or Michelson lead tournament. Shoud UNC win today, see what the headling says.

  • duane11 Apr 16, 7:40 a.m.

    need to win today to clinch the series.....big win yesterday, as the season is hanging in the balance....already been swept in 2 series, cant lose any more....fsu lost again, so the atlantic is still up for grabs as long as State keeps winning series...GO PACK!!

  • lmartin152 Apr 16, 7:27 a.m.

    "WOOO HOOO" - Author's gender, proclivity, inclination, and orientation unknown.

    GO PACK!!!

  • packster56 Apr 15, 11:24 p.m.

    Go WOLFPACK!!!

  • jdupree Apr 15, 11:14 p.m.

    Go Pack, good way to start the weekend!

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