The Tar Heels got offensive contributions up and down the lineup, but especially from the middle of the order. UNC’s third, fourth, fifth and sixth batters each drove in multiple runs.
Sophomore Grayson Atwood, in his first at-bat of the season, hit a pinch-hit grand slam in the Tar Heels’ six-run fifth inning.
And freshmen Skye Bolt and Landon Lassiter each had good days at the plate — Lassiter was 4-4 with two runs batted in, and Bolt was 4-5 with three RBI. Bolt is now 6-8 in his first two games.
“Right now I’m seeing the ball real well, picking it up out of the pitcher’s hand really well,” Bolt said. “The swing feels nice and short — I’ve found myself in a lot of two-strike situations and I’ve been able to cut down on the swing and put it where they’re not. So I feel real confident, obviously.”
But North Carolina really put the game out of reach in the second, when they scored six runs with two outs to go up 8-1.
The rally started after a strange pitching decision by the Pirates. With two outs, Seton Hall elected to intentionally walk Colin Moran to load the bases. An intentional walk so early in a game, especially one with two outs and one that loads the bases, is unusual.
Seton Hall starting pitcher Brian Gilbert proceeded to quickly walk in a run and was pulled for reliever Josh Prevost, who threw a wild pitch that scored another. The Tar Heels ended up scoring five times with Prevost in the game.
By the time Prevost recorded his only out of the game to stop the bleeding, the damage was done. UNC scored six times in the frame, with every run coming after the intentional walk. The inning helped put the game out of reach early, and the Tar Heels cruised the rest of the way.