Right-hander Adam Warren and three relievers combined on a five-hit shutout, and first baseman Dustin Ackley went 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead No. 4 North Carolina to a 9-0 win over Elon Tuesday at Latham Park. In their first action since an eight-day break for final exams, the Tar Heels (38-10) won for the sixth time in the last seven games and posted their fourth straight victory over the Phoenix (27-24).
Warren (9-0) went 6 1/3 scoreless innings for his second straight
shutout performance and ninth consecutive victory. He has not allowed a run over his last 14 2/3 innings and gave up just three hits and one
walk en route to his second win over Elon this season. Warren retired
the first six batters he faced, allowed two hits in the third and then
held the Phoenix hitless until the seventh. The New Bern native lowered
his ERA to 1.58, tops among Carolina starters.
Relievers Rob Wooten, B.J. Dail and Tyler Trice went the final 2 2/3
innings to give the Tar Heels their fifth shutout of the season.
In addition to Ackley’s three-hit effort, third baseman Chad Flack and
center fielder Seth Williams each homered and added two hits on the
night. Flack’s fourth home run of the season was the 32nd of his career,
which is good for 10th on the Tar Heels’ career list. Additionally,
Williams and catcher Tim Federowicz each drove in two runs.
Elon left-hander Jesse Lewter (3-3) allowed seven runs on seven hits
over 6 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out two.
Carolina took a 2-0 lead in the second on RBI from freshmen Tim Fedroff
and Drew Poulk. Shortstop Josh Horton drew a leadoff walk and scored on a single to right by Fedroff, and Poulk followed with a sacrifice fly to center to plate Flack, who singled through the left side for the Tar Heels’ first hit of the day.
UNC tacked on a run in the third on an RBI groundout by Federowicz.
Williams extended his current hitting streak to a season-best eight
games with a double off the wall in left, took third on a single by
Ackley and crossed the plate on Federowicz’s grounder to third.
Elon threatened in the third with back-to-back base hits and runners on
second and third with just one out, but Warren picked off Chris Vasami
at third and got Jordy Snyder to ground out to end the inning and keep
the Phoenix off the scoreboard.
After neither team could muster much offense over the next three
innings, the Tar Heels broke the game open with four runs in the
seventh. Ackley had the big blow with a two-run chopper through the left side for his 54th and 55th RBI of the season. UNC loaded the bases
against Lewter on a hit batter, a single by Garrett Gore and a walk
before Williams drove in the first run of the inning with a bases-loaded
After Ackley’s third base hit ended Lewter’s night, Federowicz singled
through the left side off reliever Steven Hensley to drive in his 50th
run of the season and give the Tar Heels a 7-0 lead.
Flack hit a solo home run in the eighth, and Williams followed with his
team-best seventh homer of the year in the ninth for the final nine-run
The Tar Heels are back in action Wednesday against No. 30 East Carolina with first pitch slated for 7 p.m. in Greenville.