CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Brian Goodwin’s 3-for-3 and three RBI performance led No. 17 North Carolina over Princeton 25-1 Tuesday at Boshamer Stadium. Goodwin walked four times to reach base seven different times – which is believed to be a North Carolina record. Garrett Davis (2-1) earned the win, allowing just one run on two hits while matching a career-high with six strikeouts. The 25 runs scored and 22 hits are both the highest totals of the season. The 25 runs are the most since Carolina thrashed Davidson 28-3 March 28, 2007. Carolina improves to 13-4 overall as Princeton falls to 1-7 overall.
Davis picked up his second victory of the season and career Tuesday. Jimmy Messer, Teddy Mitrosilis, Nate Striz and Michael Morin combined to throw four shutout innings. Mitrosilis made his first appearance at a Tar Heel. The Carolina staff matched its season-best allowing just three hits.
Princeton’s Zak Hermans (0-1) suffers the loss after allowing nine runs on 12 hits. Five different Tiger pitchers saw time on the mound, with only one not rendering at least one run.
Goodwin belted three doubles to pace Carolina’s onslaught. Tommy Coyle posted four hits, including his first career home run. Levi Michael and Jesse Wierzbicki each posted three hits and three RBI. Freshman Chaz Frank posted two hits and three RBI. Eleven different Tar Heel batters posted at least one hit and one RBI. The Tar Heels posted six sacrifice flies in the game and walked 15 times.
Ryan Graepel stretches his hit streak to a career-best 11 games with one hit. Goodwin also extended his hit streak to a career-best 12 games. Jeff May registered a single in his first career at-bat and RBI in his second career at-bat. Greg Holt was hit by a pitch in his first at-bat of the season, but registered a RBI sacrifice fly in his next at-bat.
In addition to Coyle’s home run, two other Tar Heels posted a home run. Dillon Hazlett hit a two-run shot in the first inning. Seth Baldwin hit his fourth career home run, three of which have now come against Princeton, in the following at-bat in the first.
The Tar Heels darted out to an 8-0 lead after one inning of play. Carolina was 7-for-7 with a sacrifice fly and walk through the first round of the batting order. Michael, Wierzbicki, Goodwin, Frank, Hazlett and Baldwin all posted at least one RBI. Hazlett broke out of a slump with two-run home run. Baldwin followed with a home run as Carolina hit back-to-back home runs for the first time since March 10, 2009 against Appalachian State.
Coyle extended the Tar Heels lead to 9-0 after three innings, belting his first career home run over the left field fence. Carolina stranded three runners in both the bottom of the second and third frames.
Princeton scored their first run in the top of the fourth. A leadoff triple off the bat of Sam Mulroy led to a RBI groundout from John Mishu. Davis ended the inning allowing only one run.
The Tar Heels responded knocking in six runs in the bottom of the fourth. The frame was highlighted by a three RBI double off the bat of Wierzbicki. After four innings of play every Tar Heel starter posted at least one hit as Carolina led 15-1.
A pair of RBI sacrifice flies off the bat of Michael and Tarron Robinson scored two more Tar Heel runs in the bottom of the fifth. Robinson nearly missed a grand slam sending a fly ball to the top of the wall in left field. Carolina stranded 10 base runners despite 17 runs through the first five frames.
The Tar Heels scored seven more in the bottom of the eighth as Princeton’s Stephen Elmore labored walking five batters. May earned his first career RBI and Goodwin his third double to highlight the seven runs scored in the frame.
Carolina and Princeton resume there two-game set tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium.