The key to the second inning for UNC was an Ashton McGee single to right field that scored two with the bases loaded.
In the third, UMass Lowell bounced back to score two runs, their only runs of the day. The Tar Heels closed out any chance of a River Hawk comeback with five runs in the fourth inning, then another in the sixth.
With a 14-2 win, UNC outhit UMass Lowell 15-5 on the way to its 11th win in 12 home games to start the year.
Who stood out?
Starting pitcher Austin Bergner stood out for the Tar Heels in this contest. Against the River Hawks, Bergner struck out 11 in 20 batters faced, besting his season high of six strikeouts in his last two outings.
At the plate, Danny Serretti hit two doubles and drove in three runs. Jackson Hesterlee also hit two double and drove in three runs — as both players set a new season-high RBI total in the contest.
When was it decided?
The game was decided after North Carolina scored eight runs in the first two innings of the game. UMass Lowell could not stop the North Carolina offense, who continued to score six more runs — even after it was apparent who would win.
Why does it matter?
With the win, the Tar Heels improved their season record to 11-1 as they swept their third series. In the win, both the stellar pitching and hitting propelled them to victory.
The North Carolina offense scored 33 runs in this three series, which is their second best so far after 34 runs were scored in the opening series against Xavier. The Tar Heels have played well so far in the 13-game home stand, with one more game against Charleston Southern before conference play begins.
When do they play next?
The Tar Heels will play Charleston Southern on Tuesday, March 5 at 3 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium.
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