March 13, 2009
No. 1 UNC gets by Hokies 7-3
Bumbry hits fourth home run of season
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(1) North Carolina (13-2) 1000103207111
Virginia Tech (10-5) 000003000372
  • English Field - 107

BLACKSBURG, Va.Steve Bumbry hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning, but top-ranked North Carolina answered back with five runs over the next two frames to claim a 7-3 win over the Hokies on Friday at English Field.

It was a cold and wet affair in the series opener, and the Tar Heels got two home runs of their own to improve to 13-2 overall and 3-1 in the ACC. Tech fell to 10-5 overall and 1-3 in league play.

North Carolina got on the board early when first baseman Dustin Ackley cranked a solo home run, his fourth in his last seven at-bats, to right-center field to give the Tar Heels a 1-0 advantage after one.

UNC etched another run in scorebook during the fifth, when center fielder Mike Cavasinni, who reached on a leadoff double and moved to third on a single by left fielder Ben Bunting, came home on a fielder’s choice grounder to shortstop by second baseman Levi Michael.

The Hokies claimed a brief lead with their only three runs of the game in the bottom of the sixth. Catcher Anthony Sosnoskie led off the inning when he reached a on a throwing error by Michael, and Tech left fielder Steve Domecus followed with a single through the right side. It was then that Bumbry crushed a 1-0 offering by UNC starter Alex White deep over the right-center field fence for his third home run in his past four games played, and his fourth of the season.

Unfortunately for Tech, the Tar Heels didn’t wait long to answer. They got those three runs – and the lead – right back in the top of the seventh to go up 5-3. Those runs came courtesy of Michael, who, with pinch runner Ryan Norton and Bunting on base, launched his fifth home run of the season over the scoreboard in right field.

Michael also played a role in UNC getting a pair of insurance runs in the top of the eighth. After Bunting doubled off the right-field wall with two outs, Michael sent a double of his own down the left-field line to plate Bunting. Michael then came around to touch home on a single to left by Ackley.

Michael finished the game 2-for-5 with five RBIs to lead UNC, while Ackley went 3-for-4 and Bunting went 2-for-4. Bumbry put forth a 2-for-4, three RBI performance to pace Tech, and right fielder Austin Wates also tallied a pair of hits.

White fanned eight Hokies through six innings to pick up the win and move to 3-0, while Tech started Rhett Ballard (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season after allowing four runs on six hits and three walks in 6.1 innings of work. He struck out five. Colin Bates worked the final three innings for UNC to pick up his second save.

The two teams are scheduled to resume the series at 2 p.m. on Saturday, though with consistent rain in the forecast, that could change. Check hokiesports.com for updates.

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