Chad Flack and Garrett Gore each had three hits and three RBI, and No. 3 North Carolina scored in double digits for the third straight game in Tuesday's 12-6 win over Davidson at Cary's USA Baseball National Training Complex. The Tar Heels (19-4) have combined for 44 runs and 54 hits over their last three wins.
Flack went 3-for-4 with two doubles, while Gore was 3-for-5 with his first home run of the season, a three-run shot in the second inning. Center fielder Seth Williams also added three hits, two runs and an RBI to match his career-best hitting streak at 14 games.
Dustin Ackley, who scored three runs and drove in one, and Tim Federowicz chipped in with two hits apiece. Second baseman Kyle Seager singled and scored in the first to move his hitting streak to 19 games.
Carolina starter Patrick Johnson cruised through four innings but could not make it out of the fifth and did not qualify for the win despite striking out six batters over 4 1/3 innings. He allowed three runs on five hits and three walks.
Senior right-hander Rob Wooten (1-0) came on with the bases loaded in the fifth and the Tar Heels holding a six-run lead and struck out both batters he faced to pick up the win. Redshirt freshman right-hander Bryant Gaines also pitched well out of the bullpen, retiring all six batters he faced over two shutout innings.
Davidson starter Matt Sliwiak (2-1) went two innings and allowed seven runs on seven hits and a walk. Right fielder Chase FitzPatrick had two of the Wildcats' eight hits.
Flack put the Tar Heels on the board in the second with his first double of the day, a two-run chopper down the left field line. Carolina tacked on five more in the second with Gore's three-run homer as the big hit of the inning. Williams doubled and left fielder Kyle Shelton walked before Gore belted the first pitch he saw from Sliwiak to left field for his first homer of the season. An RBI groundout by Seager and a run-scoring single by Flack closed the scoring in the second.
After Carolina pushed its lead to eight on a Wildcat throwing error in the third, right fielder Tim Fedroff doubled to left center to score Ackley.
Trailing 9-0, Davidson scratched out three runs in the fifth to end the day for Johnson. After back-to-back walks, designated hitter Pat Brady and center fielder Hugh Eden came through with successive RBI singles, and shortstop Zach Kayne drew a bases loaded walk to drive in the third run for the Wildcats. Wooten then came on to shut the door with back-to-back strikeouts.
UNC added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to up its lead to 11-3. Shelton drew his third walk of the night and scored on a Ben Bunting RBI groundout in the fifth, and Flack doubled to left and scored on Williams' third hit, a single through the left side.
Davidson scored twice in the eighth on a two-run single by catcher Tommy Piacenza, but Carolina bounced back with a run in the bottom of the inning when Shelton singled and scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Ackley. The Wildcats added a sixth run in the ninth on an RBI single by Chase FitzPatrick.
The Tar Heels are back in action in Cary against Gardner-Webb Wednesday at 6 p.m. with sophomore left-hander Rob Catapano set to start for UNC. A webcast of the game will be available live and on-demand through ACC Select.