For the second straight season, the fifth-ranked UNC baseball team traveled to Charlotte’s BB&T Ballpark and made quick work of South Carolina.
Head coach Mike Fox’s Tar Heels stayed scorching hot Tuesday night, as they demolished the No. 14 Gamecocks by a score of 20-5–the first time the team has scored 20 runs in four years.
This blowout comes nearly one year after UNC defeated South Carolina 15-0 in the same ballpark last season.
Now riding a nine game winning streak, UNC (27-6, 12-3 ACC) has scored a combined 68 runs in its past four games–which is the most it’s tallied over such a short span since 1987.
Having entered the game with a team ERA of 2.60, the Tar Heels have spent most of the season riding their pitching to great success. Now, though, the offense seems to have taken over.
Sophomore third baseman Kyle Datres hit a three-run triple during UNC’s four-run first inning, while 10 different Tar Heels collected at least one RBI in the game.
The Gamecocks (21-11) needed 10 different pitchers to get through the beatdown, with only three of them recording more than two outs.
UNC scored two runs in the third inning, six in the fourth and seven in the sixth in order to break the floodgates open.
After head men’s basketball coach Roy Williams threw out the first pitch prior to the game, the Tar Heels clearly responded with a national championship type of performance of their own.
Reliever Jason Morgan (3-0) was credited with the win after striking out five Gamecocks during four innings of work.
The Tar Heels will look to continue their hot streak this weekend in Chapel Hill with a three-game series vs. NC State.