Chapel Hill, N.C. - Third-ranked North Carolina scored four runs without a hit leaving the infield in the bottom of the first inning on Tuesday night, and it was all the Tar Heel pitching staff would need as UNC upended Western Carolina, 10-2, in midweek nonconference action at Boshamer Stadium.
In the first meeting between the two in-state schools since the 2007 NCAA Chapel Hill Regional, the Tar Heels limited the potent Catamount offense to two runs on four hits in claiming the ninth-straight win in the all-time head-to-head series.
WCU's four hits were scattered between four different players with freshman Andrew Bullock driving in the squad's only two runs on his first career home run in a pinch hit role in the top of the ninth inning. Senior Garrett Brown, junior Nobu Suzuki and senior Kramer Ferrell each finished 1-for-3 in the loss. Suzuki reached base twice in his first two times to the plate, also drawing a HBP.
Redshirt junior Dillon Bray (1-2) was saddled with the loss, lasting 4.2 innings with three strikeouts against four walks. He allowed eight runs -- seven earned -- on 11 total base hits with just three going for extra bases. Reliever Jonathan Waszak, Jake Moebius and Michael Davis combined for four strikeouts with Dylan Biumi tossing the final third of an inning for WCU out of the bullpen.
UNC starter Hunter Williams (2-0) held the Catamounts to just two singles through five innings, working around two walks and three hit batters with seven strikeouts to pick up the win. All told, North Carolina recorded 11 strikeouts of WCU hitters.
Offensively for the Tar Heels, four different batters recorded multi-hit games with Brian Miller and Brandon Riley both finishing 3-for-4. Zack Gahagan hit a two-run home run for his lone hit of the game.
Western Carolina (9-11) returns home to open both a four-game home stand and Southern Conference play this Thursday, March 24 as it hosts the ETSU Buccaneers at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium. Games one and two are slated for 5:00 pm starts with Saturday's series finale scheduled for 2:00 pm.