The North Carolina baseball team kicked off its season with a bang on Friday evening, defeating Seton Hall by a score of 14-3.
The Pirates got on the board first, when an RBI single made the score 1-0 in the top of the first. They did not let up, as an RBI double play extended the lead to 2-0 before the Tar Heels came to bat.
However, UNC quickly responded. On the first pitch of the bottom of the first, redshirt junior outfielder Angel Zarate launched a home run to cut the score to 2-1. The offense wouldn't stop there, as the next batter, junior shortstop Danny Serretti, cranked another home run to tie the game.
North Carolina proceeded to jump out to a big lead in the second inning when sophomore second baseman Patrick Alvarez hit a home run with two other players already on base, earning three runs for the Tar Heels. From here on out the Tar Heels' pitching shut down the Pirates, holding them scoreless until the seventh inning.
Who stood out?
Seretti shined for the Tar Heels with four hits, a home run, a double and four RBIs. First-year center fielder Vance Honeycutt also made quite the splash in his debut as he went 3-4 with four runs scored, including a home run in the 4th inning to extend the Tar Heels' lead.
Alvarez also had a big impact in Friday’s game, racking up 3 RBIs and a home run of his own. Junior pitcher Brandon Scaeffer earned the victory on the mound, going six innings and only allowing two hits after the first.