Written By Elon Sports Information Dept.
N.C. -- Late
runs against a young Elon bullpen by the number one team in the country opened
up a tight game as the Phoenix dropped a 15-3 decision to North Carolina in
front of 1,422 fans at Latham Park on Tuesday night.
Tar Heels (30-2) got on the board thanks to a RBI ground out in the top of the
first. That was the only run until the bottom of the fourth when Ryan Kinsella
began an Elon (20-14) rally with a single to right. Antonio Alvarez followed
with a double into the right field corner to plate Kinsella and knot the game at
one before scoring the go-ahead run on a one-out double down the right field
line from Chris King.
remained a 2-1 Elon lead until the sixth when Carolina got to starter Kyle Webb
for four runs. The inning began with back-to-back singles from Colin Moran and
Skye Bolt before Cody Stubbs drew a walk to load the bases. Michael Russell
tied the game at two with a single through the right side before Mike Zolk
dropped a double down the right field line to plate two. The fourth run came on
a sacrifice fly.
Phoenix quickly cut its deficit to 5-3 when Kinsella belted his 12th home run of
the season over the wall in left to lead off the bottom of the fourth only to
see UNC get that run back on a single to right in the top of the
Carolina had nine hits through the first seven inning, but against a young
Phoenix bullpen, recorded eight hits in the final two innings. The Tar Heels
added five runs in the eighth before pushing across four in the ninth.
(3-1) was charged with the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits in 5.1
innings. He struck out two.
win went to Chris Munnelly (3-0) who gave up three runs after allowing just two
runs in his previous 22.1 innings this season. Elon recorded five hits off the
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