UCLA Splits Baseball Doubleheader With Tar Heels
March 2, 2001
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina and UCLA split a baseball doubleheader Friday at Boshamer Stadium. Carolina pulled out a dramatic 8-7 win in 11 innings in Game 1, while UCLA rebounded with a 12-2 victory in the second contest.
In Game 1, the Bruins and Tar Heels battled for nearly four hours before Russ Adams* solo homer in the bottom of the 11th to right-center gave UNC the victory. The walk-off home run was Adams* third game-winning hit of the season and it was Carolina*s sixth one-run win of 2001.
The Tar Heels struggled to get anything going offensively early against UCLA ace Josh Karp, with Karp registering nine strikeouts through just four innings. But Ryan Blake*s fifth-inning grand slam erased a 5-2 deficit and put UNC ahead 6-5.
UCLA answered with a two-run homer from Eric Reece to jump back on top 7-6 in the seventh. Carolina responded with a run in the eighth to tie the game 7-7 on a two-out RBI double by Adam Greenberg.
Jason Howell (3-0) got the final out in the top of the 11th and was credited with the win. Doug Silva (1-2) went 2.0 innings and gave up just one run on one hit, the game-winner, for his second loss.
Blake finished the game 2-for-5 with a career-high five RBIs. Greenberg (2-for-6), Adams (2-for-6) and Ralph Roberts (2-for-5) all had multi-hit games for the Tar Heels. Matt Pearl (3-for-5), Brian Baron (3-for-6), Reece (3-for-6) all had big game at the plate for UCLA. Pearl also had a home run for the Bruins.
In the nightcap, UCLA jumped on Tar Heel starter Scott Manshack early en route to the 12-2 rout. Manshack (1-1) surrendered six runs on six hits in 2.0 innings for his first loss. Meanwhile, UCLA*s Jon Brandt (3-1) rolled to his third victory of the season. Brandt went 8.0 innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out nine.
UCLA, which racked up 15 hits, notched one run in the first, three in the second, four in the third and two more in the fourth to take a 10-0 lead before Carolina got on the board on a two-run homer by Ron Braun in the fifth. Preston Griffin*s third-inning grand slam highlighted UCLA*s early scoring barrage.
In losing Game 2 of the doubleheader, the Tar Heels dropped just their third non-conference home game in three-plus years. Carolina is now 72-3 versus non-ACC foes at Boshamer Stadium since the start of the 1998 season.
Carolina and UCLA conclude their three-game series Saturday at 1 p.m. Sunday*s regularly scheduled game was cancelled due to expected poor weather in the area.
For box score and play by play for both games, please visit TarHeelBlue.com.