April 7, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Maryland led top-ranked North Carolina by two runs heading into the sixth inning before the Tar Heels scored four in the bottom of the frame to defeat the Terps, 8-4, Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Boshamer Stadium.
Charlie White tied a career-high with three hits and drove in two runs in the loss. The sophomore stole one base to increase his ACC-leading total to 28.
After tallying three hits Saturday night, Martir added two more on Sunday along with two RBI. Jack Cleary and Anthony Papio each added two hits as well.
The sixth inning proved to be the turning point in the ballgame. After the Terps went quietly in the top of the inning leading 4-2, consecutive one-out singles by UNC and a wild pitch put two runners in scoring position. The Terps' bullpen then walked one batter and hit two consecutive batters, which forced home two runs.
The Tar Heels tacked on a RBI single and a bases loaded walk to leave the inning with a 6-4 advantage. They added two insurance runs in the eighth on a two-run home run by Colin Moran to finish off the win.
Maryland struck first against North Carolina starter Hobbs Johnson. Johnson retired the first seven Terrapin hitters to begin the game, but Maryland got on the board against the lefty in the third inning. Anthony Papio tallied the first Terrapin hit with a double to right center. Papio moved to third when Jose Cuas walked and the ball got passed the Tar Heel catcher.
With runners at the corners, Charlie White laid a sacrifice bunt down the first base line to score Papio from third. It is White's 18th RBI of the season and league-high 28th sacrifice bunt.
The Tar Heels finally got one on the board against Mooney in the bottom of the fourth. On the first pitch of the inning, Cody Stubbs put the ball just to the left of the 355 marker in right center to tie the game. Mooney bounced back and quickly retired the next two Tar Heel hitters and got Brian Holberton to fly out to White to end the inning.
In the fifth, Maryland put some distance between itself and the Tar Heels scoring three runs on a pair of two-out singles from White and Jack Cleary got the inning started with a lead-off single that dropped just in front of the diving right fielder. Cleary would make his way to third courtesy of a sacrifice bunt and a ground out.
White stepped in the box and delivered a 1-0 pitch back up the middle for his second RBI of the day to give the Terps a 2-1 lead. White then swiped his 28th base of the season at second. A walk and error followed to load the bases for Martir and signal the end of Johnson's day.
UNC brought Trent Thornton in from the bullpen, who earned the save on Saturday. On a 1-0 pitch, Martir dropped a single into right center to score two runs and increase the Maryland lead to 4-1.
North Carolina bounced right back and got one run in the bottom of the inning. A lead-off walk ended Kevin Mooney's afternoon. With Jared Price on the mound and runners at second and third, the lone run of the inning came home on a RBI ground out to first.
The Tar Heels' Trent Thornton earned his seventh win of the season, while Jared Price suffered his second loss for the Terps.
Maryland returns home on Tuesday for a midweek tilt against VCU. The game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.