In the 14-11 UNC victory to clinch the series, the Tar Heels and Yellow Jackets combined for 25 runs, 35 hits, and 8 home runs. Georgia Tech hit five long balls (Garofalo, Payne, Wieters, Murton, Feltes), while UNC had three (Johnson, Fronk, Williams). Tech used 7 pitchers, while UNC used four.
Finally, take a look at these pitching stats:
Ga Tech 8 IP, 19 H, 14 R, 13 ER, 8 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 3 HR allowed
Andrew Carignan struck out pinch hitter Chris House on a check swing with runners on the corners to preserve the Tar Heel game 3 and series win, 14-11. Carignan gave up as many earned runs in the 9th (two) as he had all year to that point. With the win, UNC takes a half game lead over Virginia in the ACC Coastal Division.
It's not often that the Tar Heel fans root for NC State in anything, but I'm sure they were appreciative that the Wolfpack knocked off UVA today to help out the Tar Heels.
UNC added a run in the 8th on an RBI single by Chad Flack to extend the lead to 14-9. That's a 14-2 run since falling behind 7-0 back in the second (which seems an eternity ago).
However- Brad Feltes just led off the Georgia Tech 9th with a HR to make it 14-10. That is the first earned run allowed by Andrew Carignan since February 28th, and only his 3rd of the whole year in 36+ innings.
UNC has added 2 runs in both the 6th and 7th to take a four run lead. In the 6th, Seth Williams hit a solo HR to put the Tar Heels on top off reliever Brad Rulon. Tim Fedroff then walked, advanced on a wild pitch, and scored when SS Patrick Long had a throwing error trying to complete a double play.
In the 7th, Josh Horton singled to lead off the inning and eventually scored on a sac fly by Tim Fedroff. Seth Williams walked and later scored on a single by Reid Fronk to give the Heels a 4 run lead. The 8 and 9 spots for UNC (Fedroff and Johnson) are a combined 6 for 6 with 3 walks, 6 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
Matt Wieters just greeted closer Andrew Carignan with a leadoff double, and I expect there is still more scoring to come.
Following Mother's Day and Graduation brunches, a crowd of 1,975 eventually made their way to Boshamer Stadium for the series finale.
Georgia Tech got two runners on in both the 4th and 5th innings but couldn't get anyone across the plate.
UNC took a 9-7 lead in the bottom of the 5th when Tim Fedroff walked, went to third on a double by Benji Johnson, and scored on a balk by reliever Tim Ladd. Tim Federowicz later hit a sacrifice fly to score Johnson.
The Yellow Jackets have come storming back in the sixth to make it 9-9. Wally Crancer led off with a single and Luke Murton drilled a HR to right center field off Federowicz (on in relief) to knot the game going into the bottom of the sixth.
A little cloud cover and a bit of a breeze has made things more bearable here.
After a 12 run, 5 home run second inning for the two teams, Georgia Tech went quietly without scoring in the 3rd.
UNC has evened the score at 7-7 with another big inning. Following a one out walk to Seth Williams, UNC had four consecutive singles (Fedroff, Johnson, Fronk, Gore) to even things at seven apiece. The Tar Heels left the bases juiced when Dustin Ackley fouled out and Tim Federowicz hit into a force play to end the inning.
Luke Murton just bounced a chopper to first base that was ruled foul by the first base umpire. After a heated argument by Tech coach Danny Hall, the home plate umpire overruled the play and gave Murton a hit. UNC coach Mike Fox is now angrily arguing his point and once again there is an umpire's meeting.
The sun has now come out and is beaming down. It's nearly as hot and muggy as a general admission seat at Rosenblatt Stadium in June. It's gonna be a long game...
Chapel Hill: Jackets Teeing Off on Heels; And Vice Versa
Gorilla Ball has come to Chapel Hill. After a scoreless first inning, Georgia Tech went wild on UNC starter Luke Putkonen and reliever Matt Danford and scored 7 runs in the inning. Home runs by Jason Garofalo, Danny Payne, and Matt Wieters led the way. UNC should have escaped with two fewer runs but CF Seth Williams lost a routine ball in the sun, so it dropped for a two out double. Tony Plagman, who doubled to start the inning, then singled in his 2nd trip to the plate in the inning and drove in the last two runs
UNC had an answer in the bottom of the inning when Josh Horton led off with a triple and scored on a sac fly by Chad Flack. Seth Williams then reached on an error by 2B Garofalo and Tim Fedroff singled off starter Ryan Turner to set up a three run HR by Benji Johnson. Reid Fronk followed with a solo HR blast to right. Carolina is still batting with two outs, with the score now 7-5. Tech coach Danny Hall is sticking with Turner so far.
Game 3 from Chapel Hill is just starting on Graduation Day. As expected, parking was quite a chore with commencement ceremonies taking place this morning. That led to an approximately 1 mile hike to the stadium with laptop in hand. Many more trips like that and I'll have Popeye forearms.
Georgia Tech held on in the rain-suspended second game to win 9-5 and even the series. With Virginia spitting its first 2 games with NC State, the Cavaliers hold a half game lead on UNC in the Coastal Division
One humorous moment from that game was when UNC reliever Matt Cox entered the game to Shania Twain's "Man, I Feel Like a Woman." His shoulders slumped as that song came on the PA system and he looked out at Josh Horton and Chad Flack, both of whom were chuckling. I'm not sure if they were behind the hijinx, but I can't believe Cox chose that for his entrance tune.
Ryan Turner (5-3, 4.24) is on the hill for the Jackets and Luke Putkonen (6-1, 4.10) is pitching for the Heels.
Georgia Tech left runners on the corners in the first when Luke Murton lined out to Josh Horton at SS so it's scoreless going into the bottom of the first.
After 7 innings, UNC is in control 10-3. Robert Woodard has been replaced by Tyler Trice. Here's his line: 7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. Barring a colossal collapse by the UNC bullpen, the career wins record should belong to Woodard.
Uh, oh- Matt Wieters has just led off with a single to start the 8th inning for Georgia Tech. Still, it will probably take a bag of LSU Gorilla-Ball era bats for the Jackets to catch up now.
No sightings of Afro Man, the diehard Georgia Tech fan with the huge afro that Eric Sorenson wrote about when he was at a Tech game during the Final Four in Atlanta...
Carolina has stretched the lead to 10-2 after five innings. They added three runs on four hits in the fifth off reliever Andrew Robinson. Seth Williams had a 2 run single and Reid Fronk had a sacrifive fly to account for the scoring.
In a prelude to the planned post-game fireworks to honor UNC's graduating class of 2007 (ceremonies are on Sunday, and parking for the final game will be a bear), the Tar Heels have 13 hits already after five innings.
Georgia Tech went scoreless in the sixth, so it's still 10-2...
UNC added two runs in the fourth on a home run to centerfield by freshman sensation Dustin Ackley. He is now 2 for 3 on the game with 3 RBI. Georgia Tech scratched for a run in the 5th but Matt Wieters was caught looking at a Robert Woodard pitch for strike three, stranding runners on the corners.
David Duncan has left after four innings for Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets better break out their bag of Kyle Russell bats if they want to get back in this thing. Woodard is still going strong for UNC.
A big second inning has UNC up 5-1. The Tar Heels touched David Duncan for 5 runs on 5 hits to take the lead. The big blows were a 2 run HR by Josh Horton and 2 run double by Reid Fronk. An RBI single by Dustin Ackley competed the scoring, and Georgia Tech went down in order in the third. Robert Woodard has settled in and appears to be in a groove for UNC.
Behind singles by Danny Payne and Patrick Long and a sacrifice fly by Matt Wieters, Georgia Tech took a 1-0 lead in the first. UNC went down in order in the bottom of the inning. Not a good start for Robert Woodard, as even the outs have been hit pretty hard and Tech has hit a couple of towering foul balls that would have been home runs.
The crowd continues to pour in and it's getting pretty tight inside Boshamer Stadium....
Game one of this big ACC Series from Chapel Hill is about to start. Georgia Tech goes with David Duncan (6-2, 2.77) against UNC's Robert Woodard (7-2, 2.82). Woodard is trying for the third time to set the UNC career record for wins. He's lost his last two starts at FSU and NC State, the first back to back losses of his career. It's a nice crowd on a nice night.