Heels win it in walk off, 6-5 over South Carolina
Posted June 7, 2013
Updated June 8, 2013
Bottom 9: UNC 6, SCAR 5
Parks Jordan reaches on a single up the middle and Chaz Frank bunts him around to second. Bolt ends it with an RBI single.
Bottom 8: SCAR 5, UNC 5
Michael Russell reaches second on a fielding error by USC second baseman. The Gamecocks intentionally walk Brian Holberton and then switch pitchers. Tyler Webb comes in to relieve Adam Westmoreland.
Mid 8: SCAR 5, UNC 5
South Carolina ties it up on an RBI double to center.
Mid 7: UNC 5, SCAR 4
UNC's Trent Thornton comes in to relieve Chris McCue after one batter. Heels keep South Carolina scoreless in fourth straight inning.
End 6: UNC 5, SCAR 4
Stubbs drops a double on the warning track in RF, Bolt advances to third with no outs as South Carolina opts to pull starter Nolan Belcher for Adam Westmoreland. Brian Holberton hits a 2 RBI single to put the Tar Heels ahead for the first time all game.
Mid 5: SCAR 4, UNC 3
North Carolina makes another pitching change putting in Chris McCue for Tate Parrish to start the fifth.
Mid 4: SCAR 4, UNC 3
North Carolina escapes with two batters on after switching from RHP Chris Munnelly to LHP Tate Parrish. In 1.1 IP Munnelly allowed 2 hits, 0 runs and had one 1 strikeout.
End 3rd: SCAR 4, UNC 3
Colin Moran scores from first after a Cody Stubbs double down the right field line and a throwing error by the right fielder.
Mid 3rd: SCAR 4, UNC 2
Solo homerun by Joey Pankake and South Carolina extends their lead to 4-2 in the top of the third. Kent Emanuel is pulled in top of the 3rd. RHP Chris Munnelly is in, he's 6-0 on the year w/ a 2.56 ERA. Emanuel went 2.1 IP, 7 hits, 4 ER. Munnelly started the game Monday against FAU before being pulled after three innings. The Tar Heels get out of the inning with a pair of ground balls.
Mid 2nd: SCAR 3, UNC 2
A Graham Saiko RBI gives the Gamecocks one in the top of the second putting them up 3-2 on the Heels.
End 1st: SCAR 2, UNC 2
Colin Moran hits a double to the left field wall scoring Landon Lassiter. With two outs Graham Saiko, the South Carolina left fielder, drops a fly ball hit by Cody Stubbs. Colin Moran crosses home plate and the game is tied at 2.
Mid 1st: SCAR 2, UNC 0
North Carolina starter Kent Emanuel allowed two hits and a walk to load the bases in the first inning. Grayson Greiner took advantage with a single to left field scoring two runs. Emanuel rebounds with a strike-out and the last out is taken on a fly to second.
After a dramatic finish to the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional that saw the top-ranked Tar Heels use a pair of late-inning rallies Carolina returns home to host South Carolina in the NCAA Chapel Hill Super Regional beginning Saturday.
The game, originally scheduled for a 1:05 p.m. Friday start, will now be played Saturday at noon due to inclement weather.
The Tar Heels and Gamecocks have faced off 95 previous times on the diamond with the Tar Heels holding a 60-34-1 edge and will be meeting for the first time since the 2007 NCAA Super Regional in Chapel Hill that UNC claimed 2-1 en route to the College World Series.
The two squads have met 12 times in the postseason with South Carolina owning an 8-4 advantage, including a five-game winning streak from 2002 until the 2007 Super Regional.
South Carolina head coach Mike Holbrook spent ten years on Mike Fox's staff at North Carolina, but don't expect the two guys to be getting together for dinner this weekend. They don't talk much.
"No, not much, he's the enemy now," Fox said with a smile Thursday.
"Yeah we don't talk as much as I would like but I wouldn't be sitting up here and coaching at the University of South Carolina if it wasn't for the opportunities he afforded me," said Holbrook.
Holbrook, also a former Tar Heel player, is in his first year as head coach of the Gamecocks. He left Chapel Hill after the 2008 season to join Ray Tanner's staff as an assistant.
"You know assistant coaches have to make difficult choices at times," said Fox.
"It wasn't all about Chad Holbrook going to work for Ray Tanner," Holbrook said. "My wife lives in Columbia, South Carolina. My family is way more important than the employer I'm going to work for."
Friends or enemies both men have the same goal this weekend.
"He's going to try to beat me and I'm going to try and beat him just in terms of our team," said Fox. "You know it's not about either of us."
Since leaving North Carolina Chad Holbrook has won two National Championships, Mike Fox his former mentor, UNC his former school stand in the way of a third.