No. 3 Georgia Tech Rallies To Down Heels 11-8

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - A Derek Dietrich two-run home run in the top of ninth capped a five-run two-out rally to lead No. 3 Georgia Tech over No. 17 North Carolina 11-8 in ten innings Sunday at Boshamer Stadium. The Yellow Jackets (21-2, 8-1 ACC) scored five runs, all with two outs, in the top of the ninth and then added three more in the tenth to defeat Carolina (16-9, 2-7 ACC). Garrett Davis (2-2) suffers the tough loss allowing three runs in the tenth.

Jimmy Messer was strong in his first career start against an ACC opponent. Messer threw 4.1 shutout innings, allowing five hits while striking out two and walking three.

Chris Munnelly and Michael Morin combined to allow three runs in 2.2 innings of relief. Greg Holt allowed five runs in four hits in 1.2 innings. Davis allowed three runs on four hits in one inning. Zach Bernard recorded one out in the tenth.

Andrew Robinson (3-0) earns the win throwing two shutout innings in relief. Starter Jed Bradley gave up a career-high six runs, five earned, in four frames. Tech used six pitchers in the extra inning game.

Offensively Mike Cavasinni posted two hits and two RBI. Jesse Wierzbicki went 3-for-4 with a two- run home run. Ben Bunting also added two hits and two RBI. Cavasinni extends his hit streak to seven games.

Dietrich led all batters with a 5-for-7 performance, including the big two-run home run in the ninth to tie the game. Georgia Tech banged out 18 hits en route to scoring 11 runs and leaving 16 runners on base.

The Tar Heels scored three in the bottom of the second after loading the bases with no outs. Cavasinni earned a RBI on a groundout to push the Heels in front 1-0. After a two-out walk to Jacob Stallings the bases were full again. Bunting then ripped a two-RBI single through the right side to push Carolina in front 3-0 after two frames.
Carolina manufactured three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Cavasinni laced a double in the right center field gap to score Brian Goodwin. Stallings then ripped a single through the left side to score Cavasinni. The Tar Heels added another run after a Yellow Jacket error allowed Stallings to score, as Carolina led 6-0 after four frames.

Munnelly entered to pitch in the fifth, inheriting base runners at first and second with one out. The freshman escaped the inning with a fly out and a diving catch from Bryn Renner at first base.

The Yellow Jackets finally got on the board in the top of sixth after a Tar Heel error led to a RBI single off the bat of Brandon Thomas. Munnelly ended the inning with a fly out as Georgia Tech left 10 on base through six frames.

Carolina tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the frame after a mammoth two-run home run off the bat of Wierzbicki. After a walk issued to Michael, Wierzbicki hammered the Zach Brewster offering over the left field wall to extend Carolina's lead to 8-1.

Morin entered to pitch in the seventh, but quickly allowed two runs on Chris Burnette and Thomas Nichols RBI singles. Morin had two big strikeouts to get out of the inning as the Yellow Jackets stranded at least two base runners for six straight innings.

Georgia Tech rallied in the ninth scoring five runs, all with two outs, to knot the score at eight. With one runner on a two-out walk issued by Holt extended the inning. A Thomas triple scored two and a Jeff Rowland single cut the lead to 8-6. Dietrich then hammered the first pitch over the right center field wall to tie the game at eight. Davis entered to pitch and got the Heels out of the inning with a strikeout.

The Yellow Jackets earned their first lead of the day in the tenth inning, after a Thomas sacrifice fly scored Matt Skole. Tech added two insurance runs on two singles, including Dietrich's fifth hit of the day.

The Tar Heels will host Winthrop and Richmond Tuesday and Wednesday at Boshamer Stadium.

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