CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – William & Mary starter Cole Shain outdueled Carolina’s Garrett Davis as the Tribe upset the No.11 Tar Heels 3-0 Tuesday at Boshamer Stadium. Three Tribe pitchers combined to throw a four-hit shutout in the win. Carolina’s Greg Holt shined in two innings of masterful relief work. The Tar Heels, who only had four hits and five base runners all day, fall to 10-2 overall. William & Mary improves to 6-4 on the season.
Sophomore Garrett Davis (1-1) suffers the tough loss, despite recording a new career-high with six strikeouts. Davis allowed two runs on six hits in five innings of work. Michael Morin pitched two innings in relief, allowing one run on four hits. Greg Holt threw two scoreless frames while striking out three Tribe batters.
Sophomore Cole Shain earned his first victory of the season, throwing five shutout innings and allowing only two hits. R.J. Archer and Matt Davenport combined to allow only two hits in four innings of relief work. Davenport recorded his first save of the season.
Offensively both Brian Goodwin and Ryan Graepel extended their hit streaks to seven and eight games, respectively. Pinch-hitter Seth Baldwin and Jacob Stallings posted the rest of the Tar Heel hits.
Shain and Davis dueled through the first five innings of the game. Carolina used a double play early to assist Davis, who struck out four Tribe batters in his first two innings on the mound. Stallings registered the first Carolina hit in the third.
Davis worked into the sixth when the Tribe began to threaten. A leadoff double off the bat of Derrick Osteen gave the Tribe the go ahead run on second base. Stephen Arcure then parachuted a ball down the left field line to score Osteen and give the Tribe a 1-0 lead.
Morin relieved Davis and allowed only one run after an RBI groundout from Tadd Bower scored Arcure. Morin escaped the inning after two more groundouts.
Carolina appeared to slice into the Tribe’s lead in the seventh, but a couple solid defensive plays ended the attempt. Graepel and Baldwin each posted singles early, while Goodwin reached on a fielder’s choice giving Carolina runners at first and second with only one out. Tommy Coyle ripped a line drive up the middle that was snared by Tribe shortstop Osteen, who then stepped on second base to double up Goodwin.
William and Mary added one in the eighth after a hit-by-pitch and three Tribe singles scored another run and extended the lead to 3-0. Holt entered the game with the bases loaded and no outs, but wriggled out of the jam with ease. The junior struck out one Tribe batter looking then turned a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning.
Holt dazzled in the ninth, but the Heels could not put any offensive together in the final innings dropping their second game of the season.
Carolina will be back in action tomorrow against St. John’s at 3 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels open conference play on the road this weekend challenging Duke at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.