Heels prevail on
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Down to its last out in the bottom of the
10th, North Carolina came up with a walk and two singles to bring an end to
a scoreless marathon in a 1-0 victory over East Carolina Wednesday night at
Chaz Frank's seeing-eye, walk-off single up
the middle drove in Mike Zolk to bring across the run that had eluded both
teams on an evening dominated by pitchers. Zolk had advance to third on a
single through the right side by Parks Jordan.
Starters Kent Emanuel for North Carolina and
Jeff Hoffman for the Pirates each put in lengthy stints before giving way to
their respective bullpens.
Emanuel, a sophomore lefthander, lasted 8 1/3
shutout innings, struck out seven and limited East Carolina four hits and no
walks. Junior righthander Michael Morin (5-3) took over from there and got
credit for the win after pitching out of jams in the 8th, 9th and 10th.
Junior southpaw Tyler Joyner relieved Hoffman
for the Pirates and pitched a perfect inning before turning over the
pitching chores to Tanner Merritt. A sophomore righty, Merritt retired the
Heels in order in the 9th and entice the first two batters into groundouts
in the 10th before issuing the walk to Zolk that was eventually transformed
into the winning run.
When Zolk walked, he became the first Tar
Heels batter to reach base since Michael Russell walked to lead off the 6th.
East Carolina threatened in each of the final
three innings. Runners were stranded on third in the 8th and 10th. In the
9th, senior Tim Younger reached on an infield single and moved to second on
a walk to junior John Wooten. When senior Zach Wright followed by beating a
throw to first on an infield hopper, Younger was cut down at the plate after
trying to stretch his advance from third to home.
The Pirates will host a rematch with North
Carolina on Wednesday, May 9.
East Carolina now turn its focus to
conference action with a
weekend series at home against Tulane. Matchups are set for Friday (6 p.m.),
Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (11:30 a.m.)
04/26/12 02:08 AM.
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