Chaz Frank rolled out of bed early, took his 8 a.m. computer science exam and, not long after, made his way to Boshamer Stadium.
He was tired. But he wasn’t alone. Several other North Carolina baseball players followed the same routine on UNC’s last day of exams Tuesday. Frank said it was a long night of studying for many Tar Heels — especially junior Brian Holberton, who only managed two hours of sleep.
But freshman Landon Lassiter didn’t have those problems. He was well-rested. And in No. 1 UNC’s 9-5 victory against James Madison, he gave his teammates a much-needed energy boost.
“I’m pretty sure he’s been done with exams for about three or four days,” Frank said, laughing. “You could definitely tell. He had a really good night and kind of carried us there and gave us a little breathing room.”
Lassiter reached base in all five of his plate appearances Tuesday night, going 3-for-3 and drawing two walks. And when the Dukes tagged the wild UNC bullpen for five runs in the top of the seventh inning, Lassiter responded with a retaliatory two-run double in the bottom half — bumping the score to 9-5 and giving UNC a four-run cushion.