In one of its last games of the regular season, the North Carolina baseball team handled business against High Point University on Tuesday, defeating the Panthers 7-0 after a high-powered second inning.
The Tar Heels quickly claimed control of the game after scoring a total of six runs in the first two innings. The first run came after leadoff hitter Dylan Harris singled to right field. After Michael Busch was walked, and Nick Niarchos of High Point threw a passed ball and allowed the two players on base to advance, Danny Serretti hit a sacrifice fly out to far left field, sending Harris home and giving the Tar Heels an early 1-0 lead.
The second inning would see a series of big hits to put North Carolina firmly in the lead. Jackson Hesterlee started the game off by sending a ball to the back of center field for a triple on the first pitch of the inning. Ashton McGee would follow that up with a double to left field to send Hesterlee home.
The greatest adversity UNC faced all game was Brandon Martorano getting hit by a pitch on the elbow. The junior catcher dropped to the ground in pain, staying on the dirt for several minutes while teammates and coaches crowded around him.
While it looked like it may have been the end of Martorano’s day, he stood up and took his place on first base. Left field would prove to be the sweet spot again for UNC, with Harris hitting a double, sending McGee and Martorano home to score.