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UNC claims ACC regular season championship

Posted May 17, 2013
Updated May 18, 2013

— A six-run eighth inning propelled No. 2 North Carolina (47-7, 21-6 ACC) to its first ACC Regular Season Championship since 1990 Friday night as the Tar Heels downed No. 7 Virginia (44-9, 21-8 ACC), 8-5.

Trailing 5-2 entering the bottom of the eighth inning the Tar Heels were facing an uphill battle as Virginia entered the contest 37-0 when leading after seven innings and had closer Kyle Crockett on the mound.

After a fly out put one out on the board, Brian Holberton hit a ball that short-hopped the shortstop as the junior reached first base on an error.

UNC, UVA baseball Highlights: No. 2 UNC grabs win over UVA, regular season title

Michael Russell then turned on a Crockett offering and sent it into the left center field gap for a RBI triple as the Tar Heels pulled within two at 5-3.

A hit by pitch would put runners on the corners for Mike Zolk who laced a pitch to right center that one-hopped the wall. Russell would walk home to score and Cody Stubbs raced around from first to tie the contest at 5-5 before Zolk slid around the tag at third for his first triple of the season.

Parks Jordan would work a full count before drawing a walk to put runners at the corners once again, this time forChaz Frank.

The senior outfielder lined a ball past the third baseman and into right field to push the Tar Heels in front, 6-5.

Carolina would not stop there as Landon Lassiter dropped an offering from reliever Josh Sborz down the right field line to add another run ahead of a Colin Moran RBI fielder's choice. The run batted in for Moran was his 80th of the season as the junior third baseman joined Marshall Hubbard (2004) and Scott Johnson (1985) as the only Tar Heels to reach the RBI plateau.

Freshman closer Trent Thornton came on for the top half of the ninth inning and struck out all three Cavaliers he faced to earn his sixth save of the year.

Sophomore right-hander Chris McCue improved to 6-0 on the year as he kept the Tar Heels in the contest by allowing one run over 2.1 innings of work out of the bullpen.

Carolina fell behind 3-0 after three and a half innings of action Friday night as Mike Papi doubled in a run in the third inning against starter Benton Moss and the Cavaliers used a Brandon Downes solo home run followed by a Kenny Towns RBI single in the fourth.

Zolk came through with his first big hit of the night in the bottom of the fourth when he doubled off the right field wall scoring Michael Russell who singled and Cody Stubbs who walked with two outs in the frame.

A solo home run off the bat of Mike Papi opened the fifth inning for Virginia before the Cavaliers used a Reed Gragnani sacrifice fly in the eighth to add to their lead before the furious comeback by the Tar Heels in the bottom half of the frame.

Michael Russell finished the night a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and a RBI, while Landon Lassiter contributed three hits and a RBI. Zolk matched a career high with four RBIs in the win for the Tar Heels.

The win assures the Tar Heels of the top spot in next week's ACC Tournament as Carolina claimed their fifth ACC Coastal Division title since 2006 and first ACC Regular Season crown since 1990.

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  • gunny May 19, 1:22 p.m.

    Congrats to the diamond Heels! Flagship of the ACC!!

    — Posted by 4tarheels

    you are no longer the flagship when you are caught for cheating, payment to player changing grades you are now the PHAGSHIP

  • I am not who you think I am May 18, 6:11 p.m.

    The senior outfielder lined a ball past the third baseman and into right field to push the Tar Heels in front, 6-5.....

    was this article proofread

  • Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer May 18, 5:39 p.m.

    GO HEELS!!

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh May 18, 4:51 p.m.

    There with a few of my rowdy Tar Heel fans. Nervous game until the 8th when the Heels figured... View More

    — Posted by Spirit of Evilash

    That must have been a great time, Smitty! Surprised at Moran's slump, but hopefully he'll come out of it soon. Great to have Sky Bolt back, but it will take some time for him to get back into game form, and that's time that the Heels may not have.

  • Jewelry-EricLeak May 18, 4:40 p.m.

    Really? Tell us about all the other ACC Regular season "Champions" in baseball.... View More

    — Posted by rayraynral

    You sound pretty mad.

    You also sound like you care a lot about baseball.

    Tough season for an... View More

    — Posted by daviepoplar85

    We beat you. The cheaters with the fake classes that nobody attends and gets passing grades... View More

    — Posted by rayraynral

    Are you referring to the school with the "First Year College" program that is specifically designed to give sub-par (athletes) students a way to stay eligible for several years?

  • Hokies94 May 18, 1:26 p.m.

    Solid playing. Congrats.

  • acc_rules May 18, 11:15 a.m.

    they seem to think the headline was written by a Tar Heel fan. poor things.

    the journalist who... View More

    — Posted by BeastOfTheHill

    Beastie. If you're going to comment on someone else's intelligence at least spell the word "they're" correctly. It diminishes your credibility.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh May 18, 10:54 a.m.

    You sound pretty mad.

    You also sound like you care a lot about baseball.

    Tough season for an... View More

    — Posted by daviepoplar85

    We beat you. The cheaters with the fake classes that nobody attends and gets passing grades... View More

    — Posted by rayraynral

    So that is the pinnacle of your season, congrats on getting a game from the Heels. Sounds like... View More

    — Posted by Spirit of Evilash

    Seems like ray ray is a little re re.

    More posts from fackers on this story than their own about... View More

    — Posted by heelsforever

    Agree. And where was is said that the Baseball team "took fake classes". Oh, that's right, it WASN'T. Ray Ray is a bitter ABC'er.

  • BeastOfTheHill May 18, 9:48 a.m.

    they seem to think the headline was written by a Tar Heel fan. poor things.

    the journalist who wrote the article also wrote the headline abc'ers.
    (they're not very bright)

  • BeastOfTheHill May 18, 9:43 a.m.

    You sound pretty mad.

    You also sound like you care a lot about baseball.

    Tough season for an... View More

    — Posted by daviepoplar85

    We beat you. The cheaters with the fake classes that nobody attends and gets passing grades... View More

    — Posted by rayraynral

    So that is the pinnacle of your season, congrats on getting a game from the Heels. Sounds like... View More

    — Posted by Spirit of Evilash

    Seems like ray ray is a little re re.

    More posts from fackers on this story than their own about... View More

    — Posted by heelsforever

    They hate it when we win!! LOL!

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