CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 7 North Carolina carried a 4-0 lead into the seventh inning and held off a late rally from UNC Wilmington (29-19) to claim a 4-2 win Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium. Freshman Benton Moss threw three scoreless innings to earn the win, while Colin Moran and Brian Holberton contributed two hits apiece.
Carolina scored all four of its runs without an RBI hit on Tuesday with freshman Adam Griffin contributed sacrifice flies in the second and fourth innings.
Chaz Frank connected on a sacrifice fly of his own in the sixth with the bases loaded before Colin Moran was hit by a pitch later in the inning to force home a run as well.
Moss allowed three hits and struck out three over his three scoreless innings of work before fellow weekend starter Kent Emanuel followed with 1.1 innings of scoreless ball as well.
Freshman Chris McCue closed out the fifth inning for Emanuel before making way for Tate Parrish in the sixth as the Tar Heels posted six scoreless innings to open the contest.
UNC Wilmington pulled a run back in the seventh with a RBI triple from Michael Bass against Shane Taylor.
An inning later the Seahawks were able to manufacture a run with a one-out single, a stolen base and a RBI single which cut the deficit to two runs at 4-2.
Closer Michael Morin entered the game with a runner on first and two outs in the eighth and forced a pop out to second base to end the threat.
Morin came back out for the ninth and retired the Seahawks in order, including picking up the final out via the strike out. For the night, the Tar Heels struck out 12 UNC Wilmington batters and have struck out 45 batters in the last four games combined.
Adam Griffin drove in a pair of runs on the night, while Colin Moran extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a pair of singles in the contest.
Sophomore Brian Holberton became the first Tar Heel since Ben Bunting against Winthrop in 2009 to record two triples in a game as he provided a pinch hit triple in the fourth, followed by another in the seventh.
The Tar Heels will return to action Wednesday when they head to Greenville, N.C. to take on East Carolina at 6 p.m.
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