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Wednesday October 27th

Baseball Blasts 7 Homers, Routs Princeton

during Wednesday's game against Princeton, a funny thing happened. The Boshamer Stadium crowd began to boo.

The solo shot wasn't called foul or overruled. The jeers came in response to an announcement from the press box.

"Sorry fans, we're out of T-shirts."

UNC hit seven bombs Wednesday, causing havoc for the team's promotions department and for the Tigers, which the Tar Heels downed 16-2.

Princeton starter Chris Higgins was tagged for four runs in the first inning, but he scattered just four hits over the next four, keeping his team to within three.

When Tom Crenshaw replaced Higgins (0-1) in the sixth, the wheels came off. With two outs, Russ Adams hit a two-run shot to right. After a walk, Crenshaw was pulled for Aaron Herr.

The change made no difference. The next three batters -- Ryan Blake, Chris Maples and Iannetta -- all homered. UNC's second trio of consecutive homers in four days gave the Tar Heels a 10-1 lead.

The seventh inning was more of the same. Another Princeton pitching change and six more UNC runs, four of them coming on longballs by Ron Braun, Adams and Sean Farrell.

"It's just kind of one of those days where everybody's hitting, and it's fun to play the game," said Adams, who finished 3-for-5 with five RBI.

Freshman Carter Harrell (3-3) picked up the win for UNC (12-8), allowing just one run on one hit in five innings.

The seven dingers gave the Tar Heels 34 homers, eclipsing the team's 2001 total. Their sixth straight win also made for a sour homecoming for Princeton coach Scott Bradley, who played at UNC from 1979-81. Bradley's Tigers (2-8) were outscored 31-4 in the two-game series.

"I'd rather it not have been that way," said UNC coach Mike Fox. "But what do you do? Kids have got to play."

The Sports Editor can be reached at sports@unc.edu.

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