On the heels of a two-game losing streak, the North Carolina baseball team got things going early Wednesday night at Boshamer Stadium, plating seven runs in the first two innings en route to a 17-2 win over William & Mary.
The Tar Heels (26-12) showed patience at the plate, drawing three straight walks to open the game and totaling five in the first two innings.
With UNC drawing walks early, it had plenty of baserunners. And the Tar Heels took advantage.
With runners in scoring position, the North Carolina hitters were a sizzling 9-for-18 at the plate.
Although it was an all-around performance from the UNC lineup, with five players recording two hits, it was right fielder Brandon Riley who led the way with two hits, three RBIs and four runs scored.
Although the lineup was the talk of the night, the pitching staff did its job, as well, keeping the Tribe (17-20) from scoring in eight of the nine innings.
Jason Morgan got the start on the mound for Coach Mike Fox after a disappointing effort in a loss to Virginia on Sunday. Morgan came out firing on all cylinders, tossing three perfect innings to begin the game and helping the Tar Heels hold the lead.
The bullpen pitched five blemish-free innings in relief, allowing no runs on just three hits.