CHAPEL HILL – No. 1 North Carolina became the first team in the country to reach 40 wins on Wednesday as the Tar Heels claimed a 10-2 win over visiting Charlotte.
Freshman Reilly Hovis earned his first collegiate win as he allowed one run on three hits over five innings of work. Hovis struck out a career-high five batters in the longest outing of his short career.
Colin Moran led a 10-hit attack for the Tar Heels as he went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs, while the senior duo of Chaz Frank and Cody Stubbs each tallied two hits and combined to drive in seven runs.
The Tar Heels (40-3) struck in the first inning for the fifth consecutive game Wednesday night as Chaz Frank opened the contest with a leadoff double down the left field line. A hit by pitch and a walk would push Frank to third beforeBrian Holberton hit into a double play that scored Frank and put UNC up 1-0.
The 49ers evened the contest right back up at 1-1 thanks to a leadoff single that came around to score after back-to-back ground outs and a single that dropped in shallow center field.
A two-out rally in the second inning pushed two more runs across for the Tar Heels as Frank laced a double inside the bag at first to score Mike Zolk and Korey Dunbar.
Cody Stubbs blew the game open in the fifth inning when he crushed his seventh home run of the year, a three-run blast to rigth field. Colin Moran and Brian Holberton both singled in front of Stubbs with two outs in the inning.
Carolina added three more in the sixth when Frank walked with the bases loaded to score Parks Jordan beforeColin Moran hit a single through the right side to score two more and pushed the lead to 10-1.
Hovis retired seven of the last eight batters he faced before departing following the fifth inning when Trevor Kelleycame on for the Tar Heels.
Kelley sat down all six batters he faced with back-to-back spotless innings as he struck out three.
The 49ers pulled a run back against Taylore Cherry in the eighth before Mason McCullough threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
The Tar Heels become the seventh-fastest team to reach 40 wins in NCAA history with the win Wednesday night. UNC joins the 1981 Miami and 1972 Arizona State teams in accomplishing the feat in 43 games.
Up next for the Tar Heels is a visit to Doak Field in Raleigh for an ACC battle against NC State. Both teams will enter the series as the ACC Coastal and ACC Atlantic division leaders.