CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – After the Bulldogs pulled to within a run of the No. 8 Tar Heels in the top of the eighth inning, North Carolina rallied for four runs in the bottom of the frame en route to a 10-5 victory over UNC Asheville on Wednesday evening at Boshamer Stadium.
With the win the Tar Heels improve to 24-9 on the year while Asheville falls to 16-19. Freshman starter Adam Spracklin (1-3) was credited with the loss for the Bulldogs, allowing four runs on four hits in two and one thirds innings.
UNC’s Hobbs Johnson (2-0) picked up the win, allowing one run in three and one thirds innings, striking out six Bulldogs.
Catcher Ian Graham was 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and one run batted in for the Blue & White. Right fielder Patrick Koontz extended his hitting streak to six consecutive games, while freshman first baseman Hunter Bryant extended his reached base streak to nine contests in a row.
First baseman Parks Jordan drove in four runs on the night, with fellow Tar Heels Chaz Frank and Michael Russell posting two RBI apiece. Left fielder Cody Stubbs was 2-for-3 at the plate, with a solo home run to start off the second inning.
Carolina took the early lead in the game, posting a pair of runs in the bottom of the second and third innings, before Asheville got on the board in the top of the fourth on a Graham double down the leftfield line.
The Tar Heels responded with runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to take a 6-1 lead over the Bulldogs.
Trailing 6-1 heading into the seventh inning, Asheville posted three runs on RBI singles by Eli Miller, Thomas Bess and Hunter Bryant to pull to within two runs at 6-4. In the top of the eighth left fielder Cody Adkins singled up the middle to score Graham from third and pull the Bulldogs within a run of UNC at 6-5.
With runners at second and third in the bottom of the eighth, Jordan singled to left to drive in both runners for the Tar Heels to increase their lead to 8-5. Carolina would add two more insurance runs in the frame to increase their lead to 10-5.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Friday evening when they travel to Buies Creek, N.C., to take on Big South Conference foe Campbell in a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday before the two teams play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.