Meanwhile, North Carolina starter Rodney Hutchison kept the Camels (22-21) off the scoreboard, pitching five scoreless innings before running into trouble in the bottom of the sixth.
The first-year loaded the bases with one out before hitting a batter and allowing a two-run single, cutting UNC’s lead to 7-3.
The Tar Heels turned to reliever Brett Daniels with runners on first and second base, looking to escape the inning with their four-run lead intact. And with a strikeout and a groundout, he ended Campbell’s scoring threat.
The sophomore carried his momentum into the next two innings, striking out three batters and not allowing any players on base.
“He’s been our backbone in the bullpen all year,” Warmoth said of Daniels. “You’ve seen his numbers. Day in and day out, he comes ready to pitch. … He’s got the bulldog mentality that he’s going to throw every day.
“He’s going to do what it takes to win.”
And despite allowing a run in the top of the ninth inning, Daniels’ pitching helped UNC enter May on a two-game winning streak.
“This month hasn’t been the best, as well all know. Next month is what really matters, especially going into the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. We all believe. Everybody in that locker room believes. We know we have it in us, and we’re just going to keep trucking along. We’ll take ourselves against anybody.” — Hutchison on the team’s mentality entering April.
North Carolina assistant coach Scott Jackson posted a .268 career batting average in 182 games at Campbell, where he earned his bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. He also spent two seasons on the Camels’ coaching staff after his playing career.
Warmoth’s home run in the bottom of the second inning marked the second of his career. His first came against Davidson on March 17, 2015.
Three numbers that matter
6: The Tar Heels’ leadoff batter reached base in six of eight innings. North Carolina scored in four of those innings.
4: Campbell committed four errors during Wednesday’s game. Three of those errors came in the bottom of the fourth inning, leading to three UNC runs.
8: Daniels retired eight straight batters after entering the game in the top of the sixth inning. His three innings of work and four strikeouts both matched career highs.
The Tar Heels take a five-day break for final exams before returning to Boshamer Stadium on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. contest against Virginia Commonwealth.