After missing nearly three months due to elbow numbness, North Carolina sophomore pitcher Gianluca Dalatri returned to the mound on Saturday, pitching four shutout innings in the Tar Heels' 6-1 victory over Virginia Tech.
Dalatri got off to a strong start by mowing through the Hokies’ top of the order on only eight pitches, all for strikes, including two three-pitch strikeouts.
“It felt pretty good,” Dalatri said. “I didn’t realize they were all strikes until afterwards. I was just trying to go out there, pound the zone, and make them beat me at my best stuff. That’s something that I don’t really think I can truly say that I had all year, the two outings that I threw.”
Dalatri pitched three more solid innings, allowing only two hits and one walk while holding Virginia Tech scoreless. After the fourth inning, sophomore Tyler Baum relieved Dalatri with UNC holding a 3-0 lead.
“I had two, three innings left in me today, but coach Fox and all the other coaches, especially coach Woodard, they pride themselves on keeping us healthy,” Dalatri said. “Not to discredit Virginia Tech in any way, but this game didn’t mean as much to us as the ACC tournament and all the rest of them that are coming up.”