The North Carolina baseball team’s midweek win over UNC-Wilmington wasn’t pretty.
Unlike the sweep of Louisville over the weekend, Tuesday night’s victory wasn’t anchored by quality pitching and a taut defense — the Tar Heels gave up nine runs and committed three errors out in the field.
At times, the game was downright ugly. Runs were scored on walks, on throwing errors and wild pitches. But as UNC head coach Scott Forbes will tell you, none of that mattered.
“All that matters is that we won," Forbes said. "I don’t care what it looked like. That’s where we are, that’s the point of the season we are (in), you can rip up the box score. We can talk about this, talk about that, but at the end of the day we have to play it like it's a postseason game and our guys did and they got the win.”
Playing like it’s a postseason game has been the Tar Heels’ M.O. since the start of their six-game homestand at Boshamer Stadium. After digging themselves out of a losing record and winning five of their last six, the team seems to have new life late into the season.
“It’s been nothing but positive vibes I guess, for lack of a better phrase,” redshirt-sophomore Angel Zarate said.
Zarate scored the first run of the game after being brought in by a sacrifice fly from sophomore Justice Thompson. The pair of outfielders flaunt their chemistry not just in the field, but also at the plate — the duo holds the one and two slots in the batting order.
“I remember one occasion, it was a big situation, I struck out,” Zarate said. “Walking back to the dugout, J.T. just points at me, he’s like ‘I got you man.’ That’s how it's been this whole weekend. If I don’t get the job done, I know the next guy is going to get it done.”
The game seemed like it was blown open early, as the Tar Heels rode an eight-run second inning to a 9-0 lead. The bottom of the frame started with a two-run home run from sophomore Danny Serretti, more runs came from a bases-loaded walk and two wild pitches, then the inning was capped by another home run, this time a three-run bomb from first-year Mac Horvath.