CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- No. 1 North Carolina captured its sixth straight win Wednesday night with a 7-5 win over visiting Liberty (18-16).
Junior Colin Moran paced the offense with his team-leading eight home run of the year, an opposite field grand slam in the fifth inning that pushed the Tar Heels (31-2) in front, 5-1.
Leadoff man Brian Holberton reached four times on the night as he was 2-for-3 at the plate with two walks. Holberton connected on his fifth home run of the year, a solo shot that tied the contest at 1-1 in the third inning before Moran's go-ahead blast.
Making his first collegiate start, freshman Reilly Hovis surrendered just one run on three hits in 4.2 innings of work. Hovis struck out four and did not walk a batter but left in the fifth inning with the score knotted at 1-1.
Reliever Trevor Kelley (1-0) came out of the bullpen with a pair of runners on in the fifth inning and forced a ground out to get out of trouble before limiting the Flames to two base runners over the next three scoreless frames. Kelley would earn his first career win throwing 3.1 innings of scoreless relief.
The Flames would pull back four runs in the ninth inning against four different Tar Heel relievers before Tate Parrish recorded the final out for his first career save.
Carolina will now head to Blacksburg, Va. this weekend for an ACC series against Virginia Tech set to get underway Friday at 5:30 p.m.
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