Three-Run Homer In The Seventh Pads Carolina Baseball’s Lead Over Winthrop
The Tar Heels got on the board quickly with two runs in the bottom of the first. On the second pitch to a player in Carolina Blue, sophomore shortstop Michael Russell doubled to left field. Two pitches later, freshman designated hitter Landon Lassiter singled to left. After a fielding error, Lassiter reached second and Russell made it home. Later in the inning, freshman right-fielder Skye Bolt batted Lassiter in on a sacrifice fly to center to give the Tar Heels the early 2-0 advantage.
Freshman right-hander Trent Thornton continued his scoreless inning streak from the mound as he started for Carolina. The streak was snapped at 20.1 innings when a fielder’s choice with runners on second and third scored Winthrop’s Luke Maldonado. With the win, Thornton improved to 5-0 on the season and is throwing a 0.81 ERA.
The Eagles tied the contest in the top of the sixth and could have taken the lead, but the Tar Heels stranded the go-ahead run.
Carolina took charge in the bottom of the seventh when Winthrop’s second error once again put the Tar Heels in scoring position. Sophomore second-baseman Mike Zolk stole second and after a passed ball made it to third. Junior pinch hitter Parks Jordan scored Zolk on a single up the middle. With two on and two out, junior third-baseman Colin Moran hit his team-leading fifth homerun to extend the lead to 6-2.
Sophomore right-hander Trevor Kelly pitched a clean eighth inning for the Heels, and sophomore right-hander Mason McCullough closed the game out in the ninth.