UNC Downs UCLA
March 2, 2001
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina and UCLA battled nearly four hours and into the 11th inning Friday at Boshamer Stadium in the first game of a doubleheader before Russ Adams' solo homer to right-center gave UNC a dramatic 8-7 win over the 17th-ranked Bruins. The walk-off home run was Adams' third game-winning hit of the season.
The Tar Heels struggled to get anything going offensively early against UCLA ace Josh Karp in Game 1, 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. Adam Greenberg's two-out double to right-center scored Brandon Russell, who came in for Jeremy Cleveland as a pinch runner.
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 his third start of the season, Moore lasted 4.2 innings, surrendering five runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking two.