UNC baseball gets back on winning track with walk-off victory over Purdue on Sunday afternoon
On Saturday afternoon, the Tar Heels were beating the Iowa Hawkeyes by four runs before relinquishing the lead, and eventually the game. It was a stark difference at US Bank Stadium just 24 hours later when North Carolina trailed Purdue 4-0 before scoring three runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth, and winning on a walk-off hit of their own in the bottom of the 10th.
Joey Lancellotti went 2-for-5 on the day with two runs, two RBIs and the game’s only home run — his first of the season. Sophomore shortstop Danny Serretti got two hits in four at bats, while freshman second baseman Patrick Alvarez had a pair of hits in two plate appearances. It was junior third baseman Clemente Inclan, though, that had the game’s biggest hit — a one-out RBI double to left field in the 10th frame that scored Alvarez, and earned the Tar Heels the lone victory of their Minnesota road trip.
UNC starting pitcher Connor Ollio allowed one run on four hits in four innings of work. Freshman right hander Max Alba came in for Ollio, and gave up three runs on three hits in just one inning. It was then that the North Carolina bullpen came in and gave the team an opportunity to win the game, pitching five scoreless innings of two-hit baseball.
The Boilermakers, on the other hand, gave up just one hit and no runs over the game’s first six innings thanks to an outstanding performance by Jett Jackson. His shutout was wiped away when the Tar Heels put up five runs on Purdue reliever Bo Hofstra, who surrendered five runs on eight hits. The Purdue offense got nine hits on the day, including two each from Skyler Hunter, Ben Nisle and Miles Simington.
Purdue fell to 6-4 with the loss, while the victory improved North Carolina to 8-4. The Tar Heels will play single game sets against UNC Greensboro and VCU this week before a three-game series against Notre Dame begins on Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. EST.
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