The North Carolina baseball team (22-13, 8-9) made significant improvements in a 10-5 bounce back win against Georgia Tech (22-14, 8-9) on Saturday.
UNC once again opened the game on their heels in the first inning. After a single and two straight batters hit by junior pitcher Brandon Schaeffer’s pitches, bases were loaded. The Tar Heels held it together, though, as Georgia Tech’s only run of the inning came in from a sac fly.
It didn’t take long for UNC to get the run back as two straight singles by sophomores Alberto Osuna and Johnny Castagnozzi in the first inning brought junior shortstop Danny Serretti home.
After a scoreless second inning, the Tar Heels started to build a lead in the bottom of the third. Sophomore infielder Mac Horvath got himself on base with a single to left field, and he was brought home by a Serretti triple. Osuna followed with another single to third base, bringing Serretti around for a 3-1 lead.
Then, Castagnozzi doubled deep to right field to put himself and Osuna in scoring position with zero outs. Senior outfielder Mikey Madej brought another run home with a sac fly, and sophomore first baseman Hunter Stokely singled for his first RBI of the game.
Down 5-1, Georgia Tech made a small run in the top of the fourth inning — capitalizing off a walk and a couple of singles to bring the lead down to two.
A solo home run by Horvath in the bottom of the fourth quickly brought the UNC lead back to three runs. Serretti immediately followed with a triple to right field, and Castagnozzi batted him in for the second time of the day.
The score remained 7-3 until the sixth inning, when Georgia Tech’s Tim Borden II hit a solo homer to center field.