The No. 1 North Carolina baseball won three vastly different games at Virginia Tech (22-15, 7-11 ACC) this weekend, but a common thread tied them together: the bat of third baseman Colin Moran.
“It was a weird weekend with all the different scores,” Moran said of his team’s 21-8, 9-8 and 3-0 victories. “But it was good to get three W’s.”
In the Friday night series opener, UNC’s staff ace Kent Emanuel had what he said was one of the roughest outings of his career.
He gave up eight runs on 14 hits in the winning effort and relied heavily on the Tar Heel bats. They came through for him as UNC (34-2, 15-2 ACC) went on to win 21-8, despite losing freshman standout Skye Bolt to a foot injury- that was later revealed to be a broken second metatarsal in his right foot.
“(Emanuel) left a couple pitches up but honestly, they just put some good swings on the pitches,” Moran said. “It’s not easy to get runs off Kent. But the wind was definitely blowing out — for both teams — in the first couple games.”
Moran had four RBIs on a three-for-five night at the plate. Centerfielder Chaz Frank also produced four RBIs Friday, and Cody Stubbs added three.
Saturday’s contest against the Hokies was much closer and needed extra innings to decide the winner.
In the top of the 10th inning, Moran scored what would be the game-winning run as he crossed home plate after a wild pitch, his fifth such journey around the diamond that game.
Moran again had four RBIs, this time on a three-for-four performance.