CHAPEL HILL – North Carolina scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to walk off UNCW, 7-6, in a thrilling fashion to win game one of the Chapel Hill Regional. Aaron Sabato hit the game-tying home run on the first pitch of the ninth inning before a three hour and one-minute lightning and rain delay stalled both teams. After the delay, the Tar Heels loaded the bases with no outs before Danny Serretti got caught in a run down at third base and eventually scored on an errant throw to home plate.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A pair of four-run innings propelled the Duke baseball team to an 8-5 victory over second-seeded Texas A&M Friday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark. With the win, the Blue Devils improve to 31-25 on the season and advance into the NCAA Morgantown Regional winner’s bracket.
The Blue Devils score tallied their eight runs in the contest with four-run frames in both the fourth and the eighth to sandwich a Texas A&M run in the fifth. The Aggies rallied for four runs in the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate, but Duke held on for the 8-5 victory.
“I’m incredibly proud of our club,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “I thought we had a tremendous offensive approach against one of the best arms in the country. We kept our foot on the gas pedal after we had the big four-run inning and we were able to create some separation. The job by Ben Gross was tremendous. I can’t say enough about it.”