CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Seven Carolina pitchers threw a combined three-hit shutout as North Carolina defeated Davidson 13-0 Wednesday night at Boshamer Stadium. Brian Goodwin paced the Carolina attack with two hits and five RBI. The Tar Heels totaled 18 hits en route to improving to 23-16 overall. Davidson was plagued by four errors falling to 17-20 on the year.
Greg Holt (1-2) earned the win in his first career start. Holt allowed two hits while striking out four Wildcat batters in four innings of work on the staff day. Zach Bernard, Bryant Gaines, Jimmy Messer, R.C. Orlan, Garrett Davis and Teddy Mitrosilis combined to throw six shutout innings while striking out seven and walking just three.
Dillon Hazlett led the team with three hits as 12 different Tar Heels posted at least one hit in the victory. Tarron Robinson added a solo home run, his second of the season. Seth Baldwin and Jesse Wierzbicki each registered two hits, while Mike Cavasinni scored three runs.
The Tar Heels darted out to a 1-0 in the first frame. Cavasinni ripped a triple to left center to lead off the game and scored on a Ben Bunting sacrifice fly.
Holt was efficient early pounding the strike zone. Holt fanned three and allowed just two hits through the first three frames.
Carolina blew open the score in the bottom of the third scoring four runs on three hits. A Goodwin three-run home run that hooked inside the right field foul pole highlighted the big inning for Carolina.
Play was halted for 22 minutes in the bottom of the fourth inning due to a lighting outage at Boshamer Stadium. When play resumed, Goodwin knocked in two more Tar Heels in the fourth to give Carolina a 7-0 lead. Baldwin lined into a bases loaded double play to as the Wildcats held Carolina to just two runs.
Carolina tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth to push in front 8-0. Wierzbicki ripped a single up the middle to score Bunting. Carolina scored eight runs on nine hits and three Davidson errors in the first five innings.
The Tar Heels scored for the fourth straight inning manufacturing two runs in the bottom of the sixth. A solo pinch-hit home run off the bat of Robinson highlighted the inning for the Heels, who led 10-0 after six.
The Tar Heel staff day continued to work as Gaines and Messer each worked perfect frames in the middle innings. Messer fanned two in the top of the sixth.
A Hazlett bases loaded double scored two more Tar Heels in the bottom of the seventh. A Tommy Coyle sacrifice fly pushed Carolina in front 13-0 after seven frames.
Orlan, Davis and Mitrosilis finished off the shutout allowing just one hit over two innings of work.
Carolina will resume league play Friday at Clemson.