The North Carolina baseball team blanked visiting Campbell 5-0 Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium to improve to 28-19 on the season.
With the loss, the Camels dropped to 31-16 on the year after being unable to break through against freshman starting pitcher Zac Gallen.
Gallen tossed six scoreless innings to lead proceedings while Trevor Kelley took his place on the mound to finish the game in style as the Tar Heel duo limited the Camels to a mere six hits en route to the first shutout victory since April 11.
Michael Russell returned strong from his back injury to record three hits. Skye Bolt also blasted a trio of hits to lead the Tar Heel offensive charge.
After a scratchy defensive effort against East Carolina the last time out, Carolina cleaned things up on Tuesday with no errors in the box score.
Next up for the Tar Heels is a road game at the Elon Phoenix Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/carolina-baseball-blows-campbell/
The Tar Heels are hitting the home stretch. Only two ACC series remain for Head Coach Mike Fox’s squad.
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And with perennial powerhouse Florida State and Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston coming to town this weekend for a three-game set, Carolina will be hoping to get its game in order. A couple midweek confidence-boosting wins against the Phoenix and Camels would be just what the Tar Heels are looking for.
First up, will be a 6 p.m. first pitch in Chapel Hill with 21-15 Campbell. The bunch from Raleigh is coming off a series victory over Gardner Webb.
Carolina is likely to start freshman pitcher Zac Gallen. Gallen has suffered an up-and-down season thus far with a 4.78 ERA to his name.
UNC holds a 32-10 all-time record versus Campbell, including a 3-1 mark under Coach Fox. But the last time the two schools met, it was the Camels who claimed a 7-5 win in extra innings.
On Wednesday, the Tar Heels will make the short drive down I-40 to face the 26-21 Phoenix at 6:30 p.m. Elon is coming off a home series defeat at the hands of Davidson.
For this encounter, it’s likely Carolina will summon another young gun, Taylore Cherry, to the mound. Cherry boasts a solid 3.16 ERA on the year.
The Tar Heels have won seven in a row over the Phoenix, including a tight 5-4 escape in Chapel Hill back on April 16.
Banged up junior Michael Russell will be tossed back into the lineup. He’ll be one to keep an eye on. UNC’s offensive catalyst will need to be healthy and playing at a high level once again if the Tar Heels desire to stay in the postseason picture.
CHAPEL HILL – The No. 2 UNC men’s soccer team steps out of conference play Tuesday with the hopes of coming away with something better than a tie when the Tar Heels face the Campbell Camels.
Carolina is coming off a 1-1 decision against Notre Dame in the ACC opener September 8 and a 2-2 final with Maryland on Friday.
The Camels are 1-3 and coming off a 2-0 loss against Loyola, Maryland and a 3-2 loss to Davidson.
Kickoff between Carolina and Campbell is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday in Buies Creek.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/unc-mens-soccer-travels-to-buies-creek-tuesday/