No. 7 seed UNC may have started their first game in the ACC Tournament late, but they finished right on time and victoriously against the No. 11 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Tuesday afternoon with an 11-5 win.
A lead-off single was hit off the bat of Georgia Tech’s Kristian Campbell and rushed past UNC junior second baseman Jackson Van De Brake, immediately putting a hit on the board for Georgia Tech. This hit momentarily allowed Georgia Tech to occupy first base, but UNC quickly cleaned up their fielding and answered with a double play, stunting Georgia Tech’s advancement in the top of the first.
North Carolina made their mark offensively in the bottom half of that inning, picking up momentum with three runs scored. This included a line-drive double to left field by junior first baseman Hunter Stokely, which advanced runners around the diamond and put the Tar Heels in an optimal scoring position.
After adding a run in the bottom of the third inning to take a 4-0 lead, the Tar Heels left the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth after Van De Brake hit a grounder straight to Georgia Tech junior Jadyn Jackson, and a double play concluded the inning.
In the fifth inning, Jackson Finley crossed the plate, putting up Georgia Tech's first run on the scoreboard following back-to-back hits that got past the North Carolina infield. Two runners left on base anticipated an opportunity that never came as UNC worked efficiently to finish the inning with no more runs scored.
North Carolina dominated on the mound for the first couple of innings, but Georgia Tech was just as skilled in pitching by the end, with nine strikeouts compared to the Tar Heels’ 10.
Even though Georgia Tech put up four more runs throughout the game, the Tar Heels were not finished scoring and continued their offensive explosion by putting up eight more runs, including a home run by junior outfielder Mac Horvath.
A final strikeout by UNC junior pitcher Matt Poston sealed the winner of the game, with the Tar Heels taking an 11-5 win at the Durham Bulls Stadium.