#9 UNC Claims 4-2 Win Over UNC Asheville

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Senior right-hander Bryant Gaines threw six innings of two-run ball and No. 9 North Carolina (39-10) scored a pair of runs in the final two innings to post a 4-2 victory over visiting UNC Asheville (15-30) Wednesday night at Boshamer Stadium.

Ben Bunting went 2-for-4 and scored the game-winning win for the Tar Heels who have won eight straight games for the third time this season.

UNC Asheville's Patrick Koontz hit a pair of solo home runs that put the Bulldogs in front in both the second and fourth innings but the Tar Heels were able to battle back on both occasions to knot up the score.

Following Koontz's second inning home run the Tar Heels loaded the bases in the bottom of the third on three free passes from UNCA starter Dillon Tabar.

A strikeout put two outs on the board before Levi Michael raked a single through the right side to plate Jacob Stallings from third but Seth Baldwin was cut down at the plate attempting to take the lead.
Koontz answered in the next half inning depositing his second home run ball of the game to nearly the same spot in right field. The solo home run gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 advantage.

Koontz was the only batter that could figure out starter Bryant Gaines Wednesday night as the senior right-hander limited UNC Asheville to just three hits over six innings of work. Gaines retired the side in order in the first, fifth and sixth innings but left in a 2-2 tie earning a no decision for his effort.

Carolina evened the score at 2-2 in the fifth when Matt Roberts beat out an infield single to start a two-out rally. Chaz Frank moved into a tie for the team lead in triples when he turned on a ball and pulled it into the right field corner for his third triple of the year and fourth RBI of the week.

Tate Parrish came on in the top of the seventh and retired Koontz on several sliders to get the strike out before fellow freshman Andrew Smith came on to pick up the final two outs of the seventh.
Ben Bunting led things off with a single to right field and advanced to second on a hit and run play with Stallings at the dish.

Pinch hitter Parks Jordan hit a chopper to second base that Eli Miller fielded but his throw pulled Jordan Lurie off the bag at first allowing Jordan to reach safely and Bunting to score from second giving Carolina a 3-2 lead.

The Bulldogs threatened in the top of the eighth with a leadoff flair double to left but reliever Shane Taylor struck out the next three batters to close out the frame.

The Tar Heels tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth as Bunting singled home Levi Michael, who reached safely for the 23rd straight game via a walk to open the inning.

Michael Morin came on to record his fifth save of the year picking up three strikeouts in a scoreless ninth inning.

All four Tar Heel runs came with two outs on the scoreboard as the Tar Heels improved to 39-10 on the year and 14-6 against in-state foes.

Chaz Frank and Ben Bunting each finished with two hits apiece, while Andrew Smith improved to 3-0 by picking up the final two outs of the seventh.

Carolina will now hit the road for an ACC showdown against No. 15 Georgia Tech in Atlanta beginning Friday at 7 p.m.


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  • by Anonymous on May 13, 2011 at 03:37 PM
    UNC basketball players have been cruising around campus in $60,000 SUV's for years. Why did Wayne Ellington's father move into a $400,000 house, owned by a UNC booster, while his son was playing for UNC? The blatant corruption in UNC athletics is never-ending. - Like Mark Grace said, "If you're not cheating you're not trying?"
  • by Mr. Facts on May 13, 2011 at 11:36 AM
    WAAAAAH! Why can't you people just get along? The other 49 states don't have your hatred affair when it comes to stupid sports teams.
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      by Anonymous on May 13, 2011 at 03:42 PM in reply to Mr. Facts
      The other 49 states don't have to put up with UNC fans.
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      by LOL! on May 13, 2011 at 03:57 PM in reply to Mr. Facts
      "Mr. Facts" is fact less. You can't be serious. Example A. (just due to its recentness): Google- "Toomer's Oaks". Mr. Facts, you might try thinking PRIOR to posting. If you want to continue, I can give you thousands of examples until we both grow very old. "Mr. Facts"... LOL!!!
  • by Tar Heel fan on May 13, 2011 at 11:06 AM
    I am loving this!!!! If we sucked none of you would make any of these comments. Thank you for your comments as they are proving how jealous all of you are of our great university and our 37 National Championships. We also thank you for all of the in-state recruits we have gotten over the years and all of the ones in the future, especially the ones in Raleigh and east of I-95. Thank you all so very much, I am about to tear up with pride and joy... GO HEELS!!
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      by OK on May 13, 2011 at 03:59 PM in reply to Tar Heel fan
      Speaking of "tear up"... please don't "tear up" your UNC-CHeat diploma. You DO have one, don't you...?
  • by Anonymous on May 13, 2011 at 09:27 AM
    all of these comments just prove how good we are. people always pull for the underdog and bash the champion. your comments are rubbish and all of us UNC fans know that and it doesnt bother us one bit, it is actually a huge compliment. Go Heels and thanks to all of you for being jealous enough to take the time to bash us, we enjoy it. oh yeah, we will continue to out recruit all of you because who wouldnt want to go to UNC? especially the very best talent in ENC, we usually get them too, hahahaha
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      by Sam on May 13, 2011 at 09:57 AM in reply to
      Bandwagoners like you are another good reason why Greenville and Chapel Hill should be under seperate state governments. Kueliner and their law school are a disgrace to what this state stands for.
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        by Anonymous on May 13, 2011 at 10:17 AM in reply to Sam
        Bandwagoner? I graduated from UNC in 1987. Your post just proves that you are all grasping for any type of put down that you can think of about UNC. Thank you very much for your post, we consider it a huge compliment!!! Thanks
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          by Anonymous on May 13, 2011 at 11:11 AM in reply to
          Thank you for your comment, all of us Tar Heel fans out there appreciate you taking the time to tell it like it is. They are all so jealous of what we have. It almost looks like a bunch of children on here. I am surprised they havent starting talking about our Mothers yet, thats probably next.
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          by Sam on May 16, 2011 at 12:32 PM in reply to
          You should have stayed up there or at least on the west side of I-95. Well since you actually went to school I'll take back the bandwagon comment since you a true fan, but here's 2 things, you should realize most of these self-claimed UNC fans (I would'nt claim them) only have that 3 dollar T-shirt from Wal-Mart and that the trashtalk you Tarheels post out about ECU starts all the trouble. The same thing goes with the State people, except the difference is that they like to start fights with opposing fans. If it was'nt for UNC and N.C. State people bashing on the ECU stuff, then people like me would'nt say anything bad at all about your school and would just cheer for mine. I am one that will come to the quick defense for my alma mater.
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      by Anonymous on May 13, 2011 at 03:44 PM in reply to
      So why aren't more people bashing Duke, the actual champion?
  • by Anonymous on May 12, 2011 at 02:07 PM
    You all are so darn jealous of UNC and its winning tradition it is killing you. Lots of schools have had issues like the football team had this past season but at least the school suspended the ones that were involved and the coaching staff and school administration have acknowledged the issues and have made a committment to see that it doesnt happen again. Anyone who knows anything about sports knows that the problems with the football team last year DOES NOT negate the past and future success that UNC has and will enjoy. LETS GO TAR HEELS!
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      by Quick Question on May 12, 2011 at 06:20 PM in reply to
      So your definition of the historical UNC claim of doing things right, "the Carolina way" has now transformed to "lots of schools" cheat too? Anonymous, meet your friend and travel partner, Hippocrates. You two will be very good friends, and indeed have been so for many, many years, whether you realize this fact or not.
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      by Pack Man on May 13, 2011 at 07:21 AM in reply to
      Why would anybody be jealous of a school that cheats all the time?
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        by Anonymous on May 13, 2011 at 02:39 PM in reply to Pack Man
        You all obvioulsy are, thanks we appreciate the compliments!!
  • by Dave Location: Golds on May 12, 2011 at 01:27 PM
    ATTENTION: To all of you people getting yourselves worked up, I DID NOT MAKE THAT COMMENT. THANK YOU, THE REAL DAVE!
  • by Anonymous on May 12, 2011 at 11:48 AM
    UNC gets top recruits because they cheat. Don't you people read the papers?
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      by Anonymous on May 12, 2011 at 01:15 PM in reply to
      You have one scandal with the football team, happens all over the country, and you condemn the whole university and all of their sports programs? I dont think so scooter!!! UNC has won 37 National Championships which is way more than any other school in the state or any other school in the ACC, dont you read the papers?
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        by Scooter on May 12, 2011 at 04:21 PM in reply to
        Because they cheat! We now know how all of those championships were won. How do we know the football scandal is not just the first time they were caught? I suspect, based on, unc's response, that it a pretty common occurance.
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          by Anonymous on May 13, 2011 at 06:48 AM in reply to Scooter
          I dont think so scooter, nice try though, well it wasnt really that nice of a try. "suspect" all you want we dont care. your opinion is just that, your opinion and you know what they say about opinions...
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          by Scooter on May 13, 2011 at 11:30 AM in reply to Scooter
          Yean Anon, opinions are just like you.
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          by to Scooter on May 13, 2011 at 02:47 PM in reply to Scooter
          Thank you again for taking the time to bash us we really appreciate the attention and consider all of this as compliments to our great tradition at UNC. I am sure we will reach 40 National Championships in the next few years and you, well, will not..hahahaha
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        by Pack Man on May 13, 2011 at 07:20 AM in reply to
        Butch Davis has done much worse than Jim Tressel but because of a few UNC alums in the media Butch will have his back covered while it would serve an injustice to the rest of the schools in the state. What a joke NCAA has become for being biased toward the University of No Compliance at Cheater Hill.
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      by Anonymous on May 12, 2011 at 01:37 PM in reply to
      I think Michael Jordan, Jerry Stackhouse, Antwan Jamison, Phil Ford, Julius Peppers, Alge Crumpler, Tyler Hansbrough, Bob McAdoo, James Worthy, Davis Love III, Raymond Floyd, BJ Surhoff, Mia Hamm and Charlotte Smith would disagree with you and I bet Jeff Lebo and Andy Griffith would back them up. I guess you dont read the papers either, jealous much?
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        by Anonymous on May 13, 2011 at 06:29 AM in reply to
        Thats a good one. We know the football problems from last year doesnt reflect on the entire school and all of the years of UNC's winning ways. Only the haters are clinging to it, what else can they do? They cant compete with UNC on the court or on the field so they hone in on the one problem UNC had and will milk it for all that its worth and thats OK because we know who their daddy is!! Oh yeah, just because you guys may beat us occasionly is Ok, thats sports, I am talking big picture here which is what matters.
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        by Anonymous on May 13, 2011 at 03:53 PM in reply to
        And UNC paid those players, just like they always have.
  • by Jimbo Location: NC on May 12, 2011 at 08:57 AM
    You Tar Heel fans are getting sucked into Dave's trolling just like we do. It's better to just ignore his nonsense. He just gets off on your comments.
  • by Pack Man Location: Knightdale on May 12, 2011 at 06:17 AM
    But you have more N.C. State fans than UNC-Cheater Hill and Dook fans all over the state when it's not during basketball season. State fans are true fans like ECU fans are and actually go to the games.
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      by Ken on May 12, 2011 at 12:56 PM in reply to Pack Man
      Yea, if remember correctly the Pack sweeped the holes in their only series this year, GO PACK!
      • reply
        by Anonymous on May 12, 2011 at 01:41 PM in reply to Ken
        You know what they say about blind squirrels dont you?
      • reply
        by Anonymous on May 12, 2011 at 02:09 PM in reply to Ken
        "sweeped" I can tell where you went to school, sweeped, now thats funny
    • reply
      by Anonymous on May 13, 2011 at 03:50 PM in reply to Pack Man
      Keep dreaming Pack Man. The only sport where NC State has more fans is bass fishing.
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on May 12, 2011 at 02:47 AM
    WITN, Who cares, no one cares about tarhole baseball here, no one!
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      by TarHeel on May 12, 2011 at 03:10 AM in reply to Dave
      Dave, I care.
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      by Anonymous on May 12, 2011 at 05:13 AM in reply to Dave
      there are many UNC fans in Greenville, I am one and have many friends that are. hey dave, go for a ride today and count the UNC stickers and license plates on vehicles and get back with us, GO HEELS
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      by Anonymous on May 12, 2011 at 06:20 AM in reply to Dave
      Dave answer this, if no one cares about UNC here then why do they get so many recruits from this area? How does that crow taste?
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        by Moderators Nightmare on May 12, 2011 at 07:25 AM in reply to
        Anyone from this area that would pull for the carrboro crowd are fools.
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      by UNC fan for life!! on May 12, 2011 at 06:39 AM in reply to Dave
      It's Tar Heel. Tar Heels rule, Pirates drool!! You will never be in the same class with UNC!! NEVER!!!!! Bahaaaaaaaa!!
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        by Sam on May 13, 2011 at 07:17 AM in reply to UNC fan for life!!
        You mean ECU will never be on the level of the cheater's list like UNC is. They need to investigate that baseball team as well as the football team. That whole school, especially their law school, is a disgrace to this state.
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        by piratejack on May 13, 2011 at 07:30 AM in reply to UNC fan for life!!
        I'll go ahead and tell you this. If ECU cheated like UNC does and got by, then ECU would be another Utah, TCU, or Boise State and have at least an undefeated season. I would bet thousands of dollars on it. Another thing, look at the bleacher report's 120 college football stadiums to go to. It has ECU at # 28, UNC # 39, N.C. State # 42, Wake Forest # 54, and Duke # 69. How about suck on that fact and hop off of the Michael Jordan/UNC bandwagon.
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          by Anonymous on May 13, 2011 at 10:21 AM in reply to piratejack
          Thank you!!! We consider your bashing a compliment. When you are so jealous of a program you go to the local news boards and bash them it means you are jealous. If UNC was a sub-par sports program you wouldnt have anything to say so once again thank you very much for the compliments!!!
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      by Anonymous on May 12, 2011 at 06:57 AM in reply to Dave
      Oh yeah, tell us why the best pitcher to come out of this area in many years went to UNC? I mean if no one cared about UNC baseball in this area that would not have happened, right? If nobody cares about UNC in ENC how did they get Jordan, Stackhouse, Bullock?
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        by Dukie on May 13, 2011 at 07:18 AM in reply to
        Cheating! Plain and simple! Dean Smith was one shady recruiter.
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          by Anonymous on May 13, 2011 at 10:24 AM in reply to Dukie
          Thank you for your comment. Dean didnt hardly have to recruit, the best players wanted to play for him and be a Tar Heel. They come to us, always have and always will. We consider your attempts at bashing us a compliment and it is sincerely appreciated, thanks!!
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