Chants suffer first ACC loss as Tar Heels settle old score

ccubase-8The Coastal Carolina baseball team is no longer undefeated in the ACC.

North Carolina’s Adam Pate and Tyler Ramirez each went 3-for-4 to lead the 22nd-ranked Tar Heels to a 9-3 victory versus #18 Coastal Carolina Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium.

North Carolina (19-13) snapped a two-game losing streak to the Chanticleers (23-9) and this was CCU’s first loss in six games this season versus an Atlantic Coast Conference member. Coastal won a 12-3 decision earlier this season and was 5-0 against Atlantic Coast Conference foes this season.

The Tar Heels jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Pate hit the first pitch he saw down the left field line for a double. Two batters later, Ramirez delivered an RBI single to left field.

Coastal knotted the game in the top of the second. Casey Schroeder walked, moved to third on a Jack Curtis single and scored on a passed ball.

North Carolina regained the lead in the bottom of the third as Pate hit a leadoff home run, his first of the season.

The Chants once again answered. David Parrett singled, Zach Remillard was hit by a pitch and Jack Curtis loaded the bases by reaching first base on an error. Al Molina came through with a deep fly ball to center field to bring home Parrett.

However, North Carolina bounced right back to grab a 4-2 lead. Adrian Chacon drew a leadoff walk and scored on an RBI double down the third base line by Zach Gahagan. After a walk to Korey Dunbar, Logan Warmoth dumped a single to left field, plating Gahagan and allowing Dunbar to take third. The Tar Heels loaded the bases with one out, but Tyler Poole limited the damage with a strikeout and fly out to end the frame.

Michael Paez cut the CCU deficit to one, 4-3, with a solo home run to start the fifth inning. It was the sixth home run of the season for the reigning Big South Player of the Week.

The Tar Heels added two runs in the home half of the sixth inning. Pate hit a leadoff single, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Skye Bolt. Bolt took second on a balk and advanced to third on a passed ball. After a walk to Landon Lassiter, Ramirez brought home Bolt with an RBI single to center field.

North Carolina tacked on three runs in the eighth. Lassiter hit a leadoff double and Ramirez followed with a single to put runners on first and third. Alex Raburn executed a safety squeeze bunt to drive in Lassiter. The Chants looked to get out of the inning with an apparent double play, but an error led to two more runs as Dunbar singled home a run and Warmoth delivered a sacrifice fly.

Steven Trayner (2-3) was credited with the win while Trent Thornton picked up his sixth save of the season. CCU starter Shane Sawczak (1-2) suffered the loss.

Coastal Carolina will return to Big South action this weekend with a three-game road series at High Point. Friday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and first pitch is set for 6 pm.

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