CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 4 North Carolina used a pair of big innings to claim a rain-shortened 15-5 win over visiting Princeton Tuesday night. Colin Moran was 4-for-4 at the plate with three RBI in the six-inning affair, while freshman Chris McCue earned the win by throwing 2.2 hitless innings of relief.
Carolina took a 1-0 lead after two full innings as Tom Zengel stepped in and singled home Michael Russell who reached on a fielder's choice and stole second base.
Princeton answered with two runs of its own in the top of the third before Carolina erupted for a seven-run third inning.
The Tar Heels sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning as the first six batters registered a hit in the inning. Colin Moran opened with a single and moved to third on a Jacob Stallings double before scoring on a single from Mike Zolk.
Grayson Atwood and Michael Russell added a pair of RBI singles before Zengel added another RBI single to make the score 5-2 in the third.
Parks Jordan and Chaz Frank each dropped down squeeze bunts to plate runs and Tommy Coyle put the icing on the cake with a solo home run to right field to cap off the seven-run inning.
Princeton's Sam Mulroy pulled three runs back for the Tigers in the top of the fourth with a three-run home run to make the score 8-5 in favor of the Tar Heels.
Freshman right-hander Chris McCue came on in the top of the fifth and picked up where he left off Sunday against Maryland and threw 2.2 innings of no hit ball, while striking out three.
Carolina would tack on a run in the bottom of the fifth as Moran tallied his third hit of the night and plated Chaz Frank who walked to make it 9-5 UNC.
The Tar Heels were not done there as they pushed across six more runs in the sixth inning to blow the game open to a 15-5 advantage. Frank, Stallings and Shell McCain all picked up RBI in the sixth and Moran drove in his third and fourth runs of the contest.
McCue forced a pair of fly outs to open the top of the seventh before a lightning delay was issued at 8:50 p.m. The severe weather stayed in the area during the required waiting period before the game was called.
The win improves Carolina to 17-4 on the year and 12-3 at Boshamer Stadium.
Carolina will host rival NC State in a three-game series beginning Saturday at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels and Wolfpack will do battle at 1 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. on Monday. All three will be televised with Saturday's game on the Regional Sports Network, Sunday's game on ESPN3 and Monday night's game on ESPNU.
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