2012 Game No. 42
Heels prevail on 10th-inning
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Down to its last out in the bottom of the 10th,
North Carolina came up with a walk and two singles to bring an end to a
scoreless marathon in a 1-0 victory over East Carolina Wednesday night at
Chaz Frank's seeing-eye, walk-off single up the
middle drove in Mike Zolk to bring across the run that had eluded both teams
on an evening dominated by pitchers. Zolk had advance to third on a single
through the right side by Parks Jordan.
Starters Kent Emanuel for North Carolina and Jeff
Hoffman for the Pirates each put in lengthy stints before giving way to
their respective bullpens.
Emanuel, a sophomore lefthander, lasted 8 1/3
shutout innings, struck out seven and limited East Carolina four hits and no
walks. Junior righthander Michael Morin (5-3) took over from there and got
credit for the win after pitching out of jams in the 8th, 9th and 10th.
Junior southpaw Tyler Joyner relieved Hoffman for
the Pirates and pitched a perfect inning before turning over the pitching
chores to Tanner Merritt. A sophomore righty, Merritt retired the Heels in
order in the 9th and entice the first two batters into groundouts in the
10th before issuing the walk to Zolk that was eventually transformed into
the winning run.
When Zolk walked, he became the first Tar Heels
batter to reach base since Michael Russell walked to lead off the 6th.
East Carolina threatened in each of the final three
innings. Runners were stranded on third in the 8th and 10th. In the 9th,
senior Tim Younger reached on an infield single and moved to second on a
walk to junior John Wooten. When senior Zach Wright followed by beating a
throw to first on an infield hopper, Younger was cut down at the plate after
trying to stretch his advance from third to home.
The Pirates will host a rematch with North Carolina
on Wednesday, May 9.
East Carolina now turn its focus to
conference action with a
weekend series at home against Tulane. Matchups are set for Friday (6 p.m.),
Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (11:30 a.m.)
BOX SCORE #42
North Carolina 1, East
Carolina 0 (10 innings)
ECU SID GAME STORY
UNC-CH SID GAME STORY
Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Venue: Boshamer Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC
Records: EC 27-14-1;