CHAPEL HILL --- Six Tar Heel pitchers combined for a five-hit shutout and Jacob Stallings singled home the game's only run in the eighth as No. 6 North Carolina beat No. 21 Southern California, 1-0, Saturday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Chris Munnelly pitched seven shutout innings and allowed just one hit in extending his scoreless streak to 14.
Munnelly and Ben Mount traded zeroes for seven innings with neither starter allowing a runner to advance beyond second base. With the game still scoreless in the eighth, Stallings made the defensive play of the day to preserve the tie.
USC's Omar Cotto Lozada opened the frame with a clean single off RC Orlan and advanced to second on a fielder's choice. The Trojan center fielder then took third on a Cody Penny wild pitch before Penny sent a second delivery to the backstop. The ball took a clean bounce back toward a scrambling Stallings, who fired a strike to Penny to cut down Cotto Lozada at the plate.
The Trojans (7-3) would string together two more singles before Shane Taylor (2-0) got Matt Foat to fly out on Taylor's only pitch of the day to end the threat.
After Mount (1-1) got two quick outs in the bottom of the eighth, Tommy Coyle drew a five-pitch walk that chased the USC senior from the game. Colin Moran greeted Bobby Wheatley with a solid single to right, setting up Stallings to be the hero for the second time in the inning.
With Wyatt Strahan on in place of Wheatley, Stallings lifted a 2-2 offering into right center to score Coyle with what would prove to be the game's only run.
Michael Morin pitched around a two-out single in the ninth for his second save of the year. Carolina will go for a sweep of the series Sunday at 1 p.m.