Bolt gives UNC 8-5 lead in ninth
Posted June 1, 2013
Top 9th, UNC 8 Towson 5:
An RBI sac fly by Skye Bolt gives UNC a little extra cushion heading into the bottom of the ninth.
Bottom 8th, UNC 7 Towson 5:
Trouble for North Carolina starter followed as Emanuel allowed a double, a walk and then hit Fitzgerald with a pitch to load the bases. Designated hitter Kurt Wertz singled to right, scoring two runs. An RBI sac fly added another as Towson closed the gap to 7-5.
Top 8th, UNC 6 Towson 2:
A double by Cody Stubbs, followed by a Michael Russell double down the third base line gives the Heels a 6-2 lead in the top of the eighth. Zolk followed with an RBI out at shortstop forcing Towson to pull starter Brandon Gonnella for Nick Cioffi.
Bottom 7th, UNC 5 Towson 2:
The Tigers pounced again in the seventh on an RBI single by Brendan Butler.
Bottom 6th, UNC 5 Towson 1:
Kent Emanuel allowed a double and a walk in the bottom of the sixth to set up an RBI single by Towson’s Pat Fitzgerald to get the Tigers on the board.
Top 6th, UNC 5 Towson 0:
Brian Holberton hits a double off the wall in right field to send Michael Russell around to home.
Top 5th, UNC 4 Towson 0:
Mike Zolk doubles to right, Parks Jordan reaches on a bunt single to 3rd, Zolk advances. Chaz Frank fouls out off left field allowing Zolk to steal home. North Carolina leads 4-0 in the top of the fifth.
Top 4th, UNC 3 Towson 0:
Michael Russell singles in a pair with a two-out base hit to left to score Lassiter and Bolt and extend the Heels lead to 3-0.
Top 2nd, UNC 1 Towson 0:
Cody Stubbs hit a solo home run to give the Heels the first run of the game. Carolina leads Towson 1-0.
The Tar Heels advanced to face No. 3 Towson Saturday at 6 p.m. in Boshamer Stadium in the winner's bracket of the the double-elimination regional.
North Carolina defeated Canisius 6-3 Friday night after Towson took a 7-2 win over No. 2 Florida Atlantic in the Chapel Hill regional opener.
The Heels will start ACC pitcher of the year Kent Emanuel (10-3, 2.11) against Towson righthander Brandon Gonnella (4-4, 5.22).
Towson upset Florida Atlantic thanks to a stellar pitching performance by starter Mike Volpe who only allowed one unearned run in seven inning pitched. A three-run homer by Andrew Parker in the sixth highlighted the Tigers offense.
Carolina grinded out their win over the Golden Griffins. After going ahead 3-0 in the first inning, Canisius held within one run of the Heels until the eighth inning when North Carolina pulled away for the win.
The winner of Saturday's late game will advance to face the winner of Florida Atlantic, Canisius Sunday at 6 p.m. The losers will pair up Sunday at 1 p.m.