CHAPEL HILL -Freshman starting pitcher Trent Thornton allowed just 1 hit in 7 and 2/3 innings to help lead No. 1 UNC men’s baseball team to a dominating 12-0 victory against the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs.

Thornton took a no-hitter into the 8th inning, but Gardner-Webb third basemen Henry Rundio singled to right, breaking up the no-hitter. He struck out 8 in the effort, improving to 3-0 on the season.

Had Thornton managed a no-no, it would’ve been the Tar Heels’ first since 1978.

The heart of the order paced the Tar Heels’ offense, with the three, four and five hitters combining to score six runs and drive in five. Junior 3B Colin Moran scored 2 runs, freshman RF Skye Bolt went 2 for 4 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs while senior 1B Cody Stubbsdrove in 3 and scored twice.

Gardner-Webb committed six errors in the game, leading to 8 unearned UNC runs.

Gardner-Webb defeated the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill last season.

With the win, UNC remains perfect on the season at 15-0, while Gardner-Webb falls to 11-4.

The Tar Heels will return to the diamond Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. against the High Point Panthers. You can listen to the game live right here on WCHL.