With the sun shining down on fans at Boshamer Stadium, the No. 14 North Carolina baseball team’s newcomers put on an offensive performance, which led the team to an 8-5 victory over Miami (15-5, 3-3 ACC) on Sunday afternoon.
In the rubber match of a three-game series, North Carolina (16-5, 2-4 ACC) out-hit Miami, 10-7. Six of those 10 hits for North Carolina came off the bat of two newcomers: first-year Aaron Sabato and junior transfer Dylan Harris. By doing so, they helped North Carolina secure its first ACC series win of 2019.
Sabato went 3-4 on the day with two home runs and four RBIs. This was the first game where Sabato collected four RBIs — a career high. In addition to Sabato’s success at the plate, Harris went 3-5 on the day with a double, home run and a single. Combined, Sabato and Harris hit three home runs and drove in five runs for North Carolina in this contest.
“I mean it can’t be understated, getting new guys in that can help you win,” head coach Mike Fox said. “We knew what kind of player Dylan (Harris) was, and everybody (had) seen that from Aaron Sabato. We all saw that in the fall. He’s got something special."
To begin the game, Miami was able to score some runs early off North Carolina starting pitcher Austin Bergner. With one out in the inning and two men on base, Miami’s Adrian Del Castillo hit a three-run home run to give his team an early lead at 3-0.