The No.13 North Carolina baseball team (22-10, ACC 8-4) took one out two games in Friday’s double header against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (19-13, ACC 7-8) as the Tar Heels captured their third ACC series win.
North Carolina fell behind 1-0 in the first inning of game one, but the team was quick to answer as junior first baseman Hunter Stokely hit an RBI single through the right side to bring home sophomore outfielder Vance Honeycutt from second. Later that inning, junior designated hitter Alberto Osuna batted an RBI single up the middle to put the Tar Heels up, 2-1.
The Tar Heels added a pair of runs in the top of the third and stayed hot in the fourth, loading the bases to start the inning. Junior outfielder Mac Horvath drew a walk walked and Osuna scored from third. Van De Brake then singled up the middle to bring in two more runs.
The big inning for UNC continued as sophomore centerfielder Vance Honeycutt singled into the left to bring home Horvath, giving North Carolina an 8-1 lead. The Yellow Jackets cut the lead to 8-5 in the sixth, but the Heels stretched the lead to 10-5 after a two-run blast from Osuna in the seventh. UNC won the game 10-6.
Tar Heels took an early lead in game two and found home plate twice in the first two frames. Honeycutt had an RBI single in the first to score Horvath, who had reached on a fielder's choice and stole second. The next inning, Horvath hit a double to center to plate redshirt first-year Casey Cook.
The Yellow Jackets had a productive third inning propelled by a three RBI homer off the bat of Stephen Reid. Georgia Tech added two more runs that same inning to take control of the game. The Diamond Heels sent three different pitchers to the mound in the third inning. Starter Jake Knapp exited after Reid’s homer and was replaced by graduate Will Sandy, who allowed two hits and was replaced by first-year Cameron Padgett.
The Diamond Heels managed to tally a run in the fifth inning when junior Jackson Van De Brake doubled and Horvath scored from second. Georgia Tech responded by scoring three runs on four hits in the following frame, increasing their lead over UNC.
Despite scoring one more in the seventh when Tomas Frick hit a sacrifice RBI scoring Horvath, the Tar Heels dropped the final game of the series to the Yellow Jackets, 8-4.