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Tuesday May 30th

North Carolina baseball defeats UNCW, 18-2, behind 13 hits in midweek game

Sophomore outfielder Vance Honeycutt (7) runs to third base during the baseball game against Boston College on Sunday, April 23, 2023, at Boshamer Stadium. UNC fell to Boston College 2-6.
Buy Photos Sophomore outfielder Vance Honeycutt (7) runs to third base during the baseball game against Boston College on Sunday, April 23, 2023, at Boshamer Stadium. UNC fell to Boston College 2-6.

In dominating fashion, the North Carolina baseball team (26-15), beat the UNCW Seahawks (24-15), 18-2, Tuesday evening at Boshamer Stadium.

What happened?

Dalton Pence started on the mound for the Diamond Heels and UNCW took advantage of Pence’s curveball, scoring one run on three hits in the first inning.  

The Tar Heels responded fervently in the first frame as Jackson Van De Brake hit an RBI double to drive in sophomore Vance Honeycutt and even up the score. The Tar Heels pushed the score even higher with junior Mac Horvath smashing a three-run homer off the left field wall followed by Alberto Osuna launching a 407 foot moonshot that touched the batter's eye. 

In his very next at bat, Horvath went yard yet again adding an additional three runs. The Minnesota slugger went yard–424 feet to be exact–to left center scoring Van De Brake and Casey Cook. 

Max Carlson had his first UNC relief appearance– Pence was under a pitch count– as the righty took over at the mound after the second inning.

In the fourth frame both the Tar Heels and the Seahawks notched a single run, UNC’s on a sacrifice fly by Colby Wilkerson and UNCW’s on a solo shot by Alec DeMartino to left field. 

The UNC offensive crusade hit its peak in the fourth frame, as Cook and Horvath drew walks, and Tomas Frick got hit by a pitch to load the bases. All three of the Tar Heels were batted in on singles from Hunter Stokely and Alberto Osuna.  The inning didn’t stop there as Stokely scored on a wild pitch and Van De Brake doubled to drive in Osuna and Honeycutt. Exiting the fourth inning the Tar Heels comfortably sat on a 15-2 lead over the visiting Seahawks. 

Carlson was relieved by Ben Peterson, in his first trip to the mound since the final game of the Georgia Tech series in early April. 

The Tar Heels scored three more times in the sixth off singles by Horvath and Frick, ending the game with 18 runs on 13 hits. 

Who stood out? 

Junior Mac Horvath surpassed his career high RBIs notching eight on three hits. Tonight the slugger crushed balls in two consecutive plate appearances going 344 and 424 feet respectively. The last time a Tar Heel had a stat of that magnitude was Marshall Hubbard on March 6, 2006 against St. Francis.  

Jackson Van De Brake continues to show how valuable transfers from Washington junior colleges can be, going 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs and two doubles. 

When was it decided?

The Tar Heels went up by five runs in the first inning and kept their foot on the gas, scoring 15 in the first four frames. The six runs plated in the fourth frame ultimately closed the door on UNCW’s hopes of taking home a win. 

Why does it matter?

After being swept by the Boston College Eagles at home last weekend the Tar Heels were looking for redemption, looking for the prime time to start to bounce back from two ACC home series’ losses. The Diamond Heels dominated for seven innings, putting up a season-high 18 runs on 13 hits. While this win is a step in the right direction for the Diamond Heels, the real test of the team’s fortitude and winning mentality will be in the following weeks against Virginia Tech, NC State and highly ranked midweek matchup teams. 

When do they play next?

The Diamond Heels will travel to Blacksburg, Virginia and take on Virginia Tech this upcoming weekend, the first game begins Friday at 7 p.m. 


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