After dropping just its second game of the season on Monday night, coach Mike Fox told the No. 1 North Carolina baseball team to get off the bus today with a chip on its shoulder.
With a 10-0 win at UNC-Wilmington (21-9) as evidence, the Tar Heels did just that.
“(The loss) actually fueled the flame,” Wednesday night’s starting pitcher Chris Munnelly said in a telephone interview. “It kind of put a chip on our shoulder and motivated us to get back out and get a good win.”
The win for the Tar Heels (26-2) was a milestone for Fox — it was his 1,200th career win.
“More importantly, it was win number 26 for us,” Fox said. “It was just a complete performance tonight. Great, great response to us losing on Monday. I’m proud of the way we played tonight.”
Munnelly picked up the win for his seven innings of work. He fanned a career-high eight batters and gave up just two hits on the way to his second win of the year.
“I just got ahead in a lot of counts with my fastball,” Munnelly said. “My slider was working good late in the count. So everything worked out pretty well.”
The bats came through early to back up Munnelly’s performance from the hill. UNC had a one-run lead after the first inning.
Freshman Skye Bolt, who struggled at the plate Monday, added two more runs in the third with a two-run home run. He now has five roundtrippers on the season.