A complete game shutout from 6-foot-6-inch junior right-hander Rodney Hutchison lifted the UNC baseball team to a tight 1-0 victory over the visiting North Carolina A&T Aggies Tuesday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium.
The native of Mason, Ohio tied a career high with seven strikeouts–and allowed just four hits–as he became the first Tar Heel to pull off a full shutout since Zac Gallen did it against Virginia Tech in 2016.
UNC (9-7) scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Zack Gahagan hit a slow roller to the shortstop that allowed Brandon Martorano to score from third base.
Martorano reached base on a lead-off walk and had previously taken second base on a wild pitch before getting to third after a single from Ike Freeman.
The teams combined for just 10 hits in the game, as defense and pitching took center stage.
Despite losing two out of three games this past weekend at Louisville, the Tar Heels are currently on a five-game winning streak at home.
UNC has a chance to continue its home winning streak this weekend, when it hosts Pittsburgh for a three-game series from Friday through Sunday.
Photo via Jeffrey A. Camarati (UNC Athletics)