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Tar Heels Sweep Hokies But Miss Out On ACC Tournament

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- Levi Michael registered two hits and three RBI to lead North Carolina over No. 12 Virginia Tech 10-2 Saturday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Patrick Johnson tossed seven strong innings as Carolina won their tenth straight game at home improving to 36-20 overall and 14-16 in the ACC.

Johnson (6-3) scattered seven hits and allowed just two runs while striking out five Hokie hitters. Jimmy Messer pitched two scoreless innings of relief while allowing just one hit.

Michael was one of six different Tar Heels to notch two hits as UNC pounded out 15 hits. Seniors Mike Cavasinni and Ryan Graepel each posted two hits apiece and Graepel added two RBI in their final home games. Freshman Brian Goodwin notched two hits and two RBI while fellow freshman Tommy Coyle scored four times to round out the Carolina attack.

Virginia Tech starter Jesse Hahn (5-4) suffered the loss as he was knocked around for nine hits and five earned runs in only 4.1 innings. With the loss, the Hokies fall to 36-19 overall and 16-14 in the league.

Virginia Tech jumped in front of Carolina 2-0 in the opening three frames. Two solo home runs off the bats of Ronnie Shaban and Buddy Sosnoskie manufactured the runs for the Hokies.

The Tar Heels responded in the bottom of the third scoring three runs on four hits. Michael and Goodwin notched consecutive RBI singles as UNC took advantage of four Hokie wild pitches, to take their first lead of the game at 3-2.

UNC scored four runs on three hits and one Hokie error in the bottom of the fifth. Goodwin, Graepel and Wierzbicki all notched RBI hits to highlight the big inning for Carolina. The Tar Heels led 7-2 after five frames.

The Tar Heels tacked on two more runs in the sixth after a two-run home run off the bat of Michael. The sophomore launched his team-leading eighth home run of the season as Carolina owned a 9-2 lead.

Graepel delivered a RBI sacrifice fly in his final home at-bat to push UNC in front 10-2 after eight frames. Messer closed the Hokies out from there as he faced only seven batters in his two frames and induced a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Michael Seaborn to end the game and secure the sweep.

Carolina will miss the ACC tournament despite their series sweep over the Hokies due to a Boston College victory over Georgia Tech today. The Tar Heels will now await next Sunday's NCAA Tournament selection show to see if their season will continue.


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