CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 6 North Carolina was able to push across a late run to claim a 5-4 win over visiting Davidson (4-5) Tuesday night as the Tar Heels (9-2) earned their ninth win of the year. R.C. Orlan improved to 3-0 as he extended his scoreless streak to 16.2 by tossing two scoreless frames and Michael Morin notched his third save of the year.
Cody Stubbs tallied a pair of hits, including his 11th double of the year which currently is the top mark in the country.
Freshman Shell McCain drove in a pair of runs for the Tar Heels on the day with a two-run double in the second.
Fellow freshman, Luis Paula, got the call on the mound and the right-hander allowed three earned runs over 5.2 innings of work and struck out five in his first collegiate start.
Carolina allowed its first first inning run of the year Tuesday night when the Wildcats took advantage of a leadoff walk and followed with a pair of singles just past the reach of shortstop Tommy Coyle.
The Tar Heels answered in the second when Stubbs doubled and Michael Russell drew a free pass before McCain hit a low-sinking line drive into left that the left fielder was unable to make a diving catch on, allowing a pair of runs to score.
Davidson pulled the game back even in the top of the third with a sacrifice fly before Colin Moran and Michael Russell gave Carolina a 4-2 lead with a pair of RBI singles in the bottom half.
Paula shut the Wildcats down over the fourth and fifth innings before getting into trouble in the sixth.
A lead off double was followed by a sacrifice bunt before Michael Zeblo lined a ball to center field that center fielder Chaz Frank was able to track down and make a diving catch on to keep Zeblo from extra bases. The runner was able to tag up from third to pull Davidson within one at 4-3.
A two-out walk would signal the end of the day for Paula as he gave way for Cody Penny who walked Daniel Gerow on a borderline pitch with a full count before Calvin Sigelbaum placed a single into no-man's land in center field to score the tying run.
Penny would record the final out of the sixth before making way for southpaw R.C. Orlan in the seventh.
Orlan worked a scoreless seventh and a 1-2-3 eighth to extend his scoreless streak to 16.2 innings before the Tar Heel offense sparked a late rally.
Jacob Stallings and Cody Stubbs opened the frame with back-to-back singles before moving into scoring position when Davidson right-hander Clark Beeker was called for a balk.
After a Michael Russell ground out with the infield in, Parks Jordan was issued an intentional walk to load the bases for Tom Zengel. The sophomore turned on a pitch and sent it into right center, deep enough to score Stallings from third and give UNC a 5-4 advantage.
Junior stopper Michael Morin came on for the ninth and coerced a pair of ground balls to Coyle at short, mixed in with a swinging strikeout to register his third save of the year.
With the win Carolina improves to 9-2 on the year, while Davidson falls to 4-5. The Tar Heels will hit the road for the first time in 2012 on Wednesday when they head to Elon for a non-conference tilt before heading to Clemson for a weekend series.
Freshman right-hander Benton Moss will get the ball for the Tar Heels on Wednesday, while the Phoenix will counter with right-hander Jim Stokes.
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