UNC walks off at home; February baseball takes off in ACC country
Chapel Hill – The home crowd took great gusto in booing the visiting OSU pitchers’ pickoff attempts at first. The weather in February was a clear and bright, in the high forties and unimpeachable until the shadows crossed the field, and the weather banter in the seats.
“February baseball. Don’t get that much do ya?”
“I got my fleece on, and two shirts underneath.”
The Cowboys tried to hold UNC to the bases with persistent moves to first, as if to make up for allowing eleven hits in the game. They challenged the freshman catcher, by stealing with impunity until the leftfielder Littell got caught at second.
UNC’s returning pitcher Zac Gallen, a welcome returnee, allowed three hits on seven innings of one-run ball. Benge, the third baseman, popped him for a home run in the second. UNC pitchers struck him out the next three times.
The Heels came out early on Hatch, who pitched into the sixth. Tyler Buffett relieved him, and was in there until the ninth, when freshman Kyle Datres, the freshman, hit home Tyler Ramirez, upon whom great hopes ride for a definitive Tar Heel baseball season.
A.J. Bogucki came in for Gallen in a difficult eighth inning, struck out one and then walked Donnie Walton, which got him pulled. Hunter Williams, a sophomore on this very fresh-looking roster, got the victory on record for pitching 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.