Heels Rally For 5-4 Win Over ECU

GREENVILLE, N.C. - North Carolina was down to its final out Wednesday night against No. 29 East Carolina in Greenville, N.C. but staged a dramatic comeback in the top of the ninth inning to take a 5-4 win over the Pirates.

Jesse Wierzbicki came through with the clutch hit driving in a pair of runs when he singled to left with two down in the ninth. Carolina will have the next five days off for exams before returning home to take on Gardner-Webb on Tuesday, May 3.

East Carolina took advantage of a Tar Heel miscue in the bottom of the third to jump out to an early 3-0 advantage.

Carolina picked up a pair of quick outs to open the third with an infield pop out and a caught stealing before the top of the order came up for the Pirates. A single up the middle by Trent Whitehead started things off before Jack Reinheimer hit a ball to second base that Tommy Coyle was unable to handle extending the inning.

Zach Wright made the Tar Heels pay for the mistake and lifted a ball into a strong wind that lifted the ball out of the park in center field putting ECU on a 3-0 lead.

The Tar Heels answered right away in the top of the fourth as they pushed across three runs of their own to even things up at 3-3.
A one-out walk to Levi Michael started things off for the Tar Heels before Colin Moran popped out to the shortstop in shallow left field to put two outs on the board.

Jesse Wierzbicki was hit by a pitch to push Michael into scoring position before Chaz Frank tallied his second single of the night pushing a ball into right field scoring Michael on the play.

A wild pitch moved Wierzbicki and Frank up 90 feet for Jacob Stallings. The junior backstop hit a high chopper to Jack Reinheimer at shortstop who fired it to first but the ball was in the dirt skipping past Chase McDonald at first allowing the Tar Heels to even the game at 3-3.

Carolina threatened again in the top of the sixth as Frank reached on a walk and Ben Bunting singled up the middle with two outs. As the Tar Heels announced Greg Holt as the pinch hitter to face the left-handed pitcher ECU went to the bullpen and brought on a right-hander to face Holt who grounded out to shortstop to end the inning.

The Pirates opened the bottom half of the sixth with a double off the left field wall against reliever Shane Taylor forcing the Tar Heels to go to the pen for reliever Greg Holt.

ECU would load the bases with a pair of walks and a wild pitch would make the score 4-3 in favor of the Pirates before Holt picked up a ground ball to second base to get out of further trouble.

Carolina was able to get a pair of runners on again in the top of the seventh but the two-out rally was thwarted with a fly ball to center field to end the inning.

Both teams went quietly before the Tar Heels mounted a comeback in the top of the ninth.

Matt Roberts led off with a double down the right field line and moved to third when Parks Jordan dropped down a bunt that he was able to leg out putting runners at the corners with nobody out. A walk to Tommy Coyle loaded the bases for the Tar Heels before Levi Michael and Colin Moran popped out.

Facing the potential final out of the ball game Jesse Wierzbicki worked a favorable 2-1 count before delivering a two-run single to left putting the Tar Heels in front 5-4.

Patrick Johnson earned the win tossing the final two outs of the eighth before Michael Morin notched his third save of the season throwing a scoreless ninth.

Levi Michael reached base safely for the 16th consecutive game as the junior shortstop drew a pair of walks.

ECU will play host to Conference USA opponent Southern Miss in game one of a three game weekend series Friday night at 6pm.

North Carolina will have the weekend off for exams before returning to action Tuesday against Gardner-Webb at 6 p.m.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2011 at 11:25 AM
    Dave couln't get into Penn State...hahahahahaha.
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      by Dave on Apr 29, 2011 at 12:49 PM in reply to
      Dave didn't try to get into Penn State. ha ha ha ha ha.
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        by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2011 at 01:56 PM in reply to Dave
        Well Dave wasn't smart enough to realize (in his words) that his ECU education was a waste. But he continued with it. Real smart there buddy. So now he just sits back and puts down the school that took him in. It's your own fault you didn't excel....not the school. Now you can just sit back and pull for schools becasue the apperently have to be popular for people to like. Congrats on picking a team to follow with no ownership.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2011 at 06:00 AM
    Billy should have never took Mincey out of the game. Simmons is no closer. Mincey was doing great and had carolina off balance.
  • by ECU girl Location: GVegas on Apr 28, 2011 at 07:56 PM
    I got a great deal at Wal Mart I got an ECU Tshirt and a pair of shorts for $10 combined!
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      by Dave on Apr 29, 2011 at 10:13 AM in reply to ECU girl
      There you have it. Cheap ECU gear for a cheap team.
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        by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2011 at 03:28 PM in reply to Dave
        ...that Dave has an unhealthy obsession with.
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          by Dave on Apr 29, 2011 at 05:11 PM in reply to
          You seem to have an obsession with me.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 05:09 PM
    Wow, where did all of these "T-Shirt" UNC fans come from? The bad weather must have shut down quite a few minimum wage jobs.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 02:20 PM
    Wow, where did all these wal-mart UNC fans come from? The bad weather must have shut down quite a few minimum wage jobs.
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      by TarHeel on Apr 28, 2011 at 03:04 PM in reply to
      A very typical response. Anytime you can't come up with something to say you fall back on the "Wal Mart" thing. I bet money that we can go to any Wal Mart around here and there will be more $5 ECU stuff than UNC. Wonder why ?
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        by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 05:11 PM in reply to TarHeel
        And you completely missed the point. A very typical response from a Wal-Mart fan.
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          by TarHeel on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:04 PM in reply to
          Please enlighten me. What was your point?
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          by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2011 at 03:28 PM in reply to
          The point isn't about which schools have merchandise available at Wal-Mart. The point is that morons, who barely made it out of high school, have no business looking down their noses at people who graduated from a university, and root for their Alma mater.
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      by Dave on Apr 28, 2011 at 03:07 PM in reply to
      Yet, another LAME Wal Mart joke. Only in North Carolina do you hear talk like this.
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        by me on Apr 29, 2011 at 06:01 AM in reply to Dave
        Dave: Your mouth is writing checks your body can't cash. I'd be careful if I were you.
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          by Dave on Apr 29, 2011 at 10:11 AM in reply to me
          We'll see about that fella.
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        by Sam on Apr 29, 2011 at 08:42 AM in reply to Dave
        Or in Pennsylvania such as the Penn State football fans converted into Pitt basektball or Villanova basketball fans. Of course those thugs in Philly and Pittsburgh come from the slums to buy those $ 3 T-shirts. Same goes with a Michigan football fan converted into a Michigan State basketball fan.
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          by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2011 at 11:24 AM in reply to Sam
          Dave is oe of those people you speak of about Penn State football.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 01:01 PM
    Yes Dave we know you just pull for schools that wanted nothing to do with you. Congrats on pulling for a popular team...nice.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 12:07 PM
    Who cares where something is popular? I went to a university and am very proud ouf it. Why don't you try taking ownership of something rather than just like what is popular.
  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:28 AM
    WOw !! Must be a slow day. SO many comments about a college ball game. And people get so worked up over it. I was at the game. I had a great time watching 2 teams trying their best to win. I applauded when ECU made a good play as well as when UNC made one. Am I a UNC fan??? Heel yes I am. But it's just a game in the end. Go Heelssssssssssssssss
  • by JTG on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:09 AM
    UNC is well respected throughout the country. ECU is only popular in ENC.
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      by Jimbo on Apr 28, 2011 at 03:45 PM in reply to JTG
      Not true JTG as evidenced by all of the out of state students. Also, I have traveled/lived in 46 of 50 states. Everywhere I went folks knew of and respected ECU both as a university and for our football program. You really need to get out more!
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      by Sam on Apr 29, 2011 at 08:43 AM in reply to JTG
      Well then that explains how ECU gets so many people coming from up north such as Maryland or New Jersey Sherlock.
  • by Anonymous Location: NC on Apr 28, 2011 at 10:34 AM
    There's nothing wrong with pulling for a "team". Someone who likely didn't go to ANY college running down a school is a different story. Terms like "EZU" are meant to belittle the whole university not just the sports teams. Wearing the shirt doesn't make you "better".
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      by JTG on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:09 AM in reply to
      I like EasyU better than EZU.
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        by Sam on Apr 29, 2011 at 08:47 AM in reply to JTG
        You just like one cause you can't even get accepted into a 2-year school much less a 4-year school, Just Typing Garbage (JTG).
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