CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 6 North Carolina used the big inning to its advantage Tuesday night as the Tar Heels posted three innings with two or more runs en route to a 10-5 home win over High Point (22-17).
Sophomore Shane Taylor earned the win by tossing five innings of one-run ball and Chaz Frank led the offense with three RBI as UNC improved to 28-9 on the season.
The Tar Heels slugged out 11 hits in the win as Frank was joined in the hit parade by Cody Stubbs, Brian Holberton and Adam Griffin who all tallied two hits on the night.
The two-hit game was the fourth straight for Griffin who is hitting .417 since making his collegiate debut March 28 due to suffering an ankle injury prior to the start of the year.
Taylor needed just 71 pitches to make it through five innings Tuesday night in only his second career start. Taylor struck out one and walked one, while yielding one run on five hits to register the victory. The win moves Taylor to 4-0 on the season.
The Panthers answered in the top of the second with a double and a single to open the inning to cut the deficit in half at 2-1.
Griffin came through with a runner in scoring position once again in the third inning when he hit a chopper back through the box to score Stubbs from second and put Carolina in front 3-1.
The lead quickly became 6-1 in the fourth inning when Jacob Stallings, Cody Stubbs and Michael Russell all drove in a run in consecutive at bats.
The Tar Heel offense put the game out of reach in the seventh when they were able to push across four more runs against the High Point bullpen.
Mike Zolk drove in the first run with a good piece of two-strike hitting by slapping a ball through the left side to score Michael Russell.
Zolk's single put a pair of runners on for pinch hitter Grayson Atwood who worked the count full before walking to load the bases for Chaz Frank. The junior outfielder came through with the biggest hit of the night as he cleared the bases with a triple into the right field corner to make it a 10-1 ball game.
High Point pulled a run back in the eighth with a solo home run off of Luis Paula which was the only mark on an otherwise scoreless eighth for the freshman.
The Panthers tacked on three more runs in the ninth off the Tar Heel bullpen before R.C. Orlan came on and shut the door with a ground out and a strikeout to give Carolina its fifth consecutive win.
Carolina will return to action again on Wednesday when it welcomes in Liberty for a 6 p.m. first pitch. Junior right-hander Chris Munnelly will take the mound for the Tar Heels.
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