North Carolina Completes Sweep with 8-4 Win over Wake Forest
Pat Blair homered for the second straight game and drove in two runs in Wake Forest's 8-4 loss at North Carolina.
Pat Blair homered for the second straight game and drove in two runs in Wake Forest's 8-4 loss at North Carolina.

May 9, 2010

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Jacob Stallings went 3-for-4 with a grand slam and four RBIs to lead North Carolina to an 8-4 win over Wake Forest in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium.

The Demon Deacons fall to 12-35 on the season and 4-20 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while the Tar Heels improve to 31-17 and 11-13 in the ACC. With the loss, Wake Forest is officially eliminated from qualifying for the ACC Tournament.

Patrick Johnson (5-3) pitched 7.0 strong innings to earn the victory. Johnson allowed just two runs on six hits and struck out eight. Michael Dimock (2-8) received the loss for Wake Forest, giving up five runs on nine hits with two strikeouts in 4.0 innings.

Joel Ernst and Eli Robins each pitched well out of the Demon Deacon bullpen. Ernst tossed two scoreless innings, while Robins threw a perfect inning with two strikeouts.

Matt Conway went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs to lead Wake Forest at the plate. With the two hits, Conway extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Pat Blair homered for the second straight game and drove in two runs. Steven Brooks also added two hits for the Deacs.

Stallings reached base three times with a grand slam, two doubles and four RBIs. Ben Bunting added three hits, including a home run, with an RBI. Levi Michael contributed two hits for the Tar Heel offense.

Wake Forest had a chance to take an early lead in the top of the first, but left the bases loaded. With one out, Ryan Lloyd reached on an infield single and moved to second on a single to right-center field by Brooks. After Mike Murray struck out for the second out of the inning, Conway walked on four pitches to load the bases. Ryan Semeniuk flew out to deep left-center field to end the threat.

The Tar Heels jumped out to the early lead with a run in the bottom of the second. With one out and the bases clear, Tommy Coyle walked and moved to second on a stolen base. Coyle then stole third and came in to score on a throwing error by catcher Mike Lubanski on the stolen base attempt.

North Carolina doubled its lead with a run in the home half of the third. Bunting singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Michael. Jesse Wierzbicki was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Brian Goodwin lined a single to center to score Bunting to put the Tar Heels in front 2-0. Dillon Hazlett then lined into a 5-3 double play to end the inning.

The Tar Heels had a chance to extend their lead in the fourth, but great defense by Wake Forest held UNC scoreless. With one out, Ryan Graepel singled up the middle. Stallings doubled to the right center-field gap. A great relay from Lloyd to Blair to Lubanski retired Graepel at the plate for the second out of the inning. Brooks ended the inning with a great diving catch on a ball in the right-center field gap off the bat of Mike Cavasinni.

Wake Forest tied the game with two runs in the top of the fifth. Lubanski walked to start the inning, but was retired at second on a fielder's choice off the bat of Mark Rhine. Blair tied the game with a two-run blast over the wall in left field, his fifth home run of the season and second of the series.

North Carolina regained the lead with six runs in the bottom of the fifth. Bunting started the inning with a solo home run just over the wall down the right field line, his first homer of the season. Michael then singled to center and moved to second on a wild pitch. Wierzbicki drew a base on balls to put runners at first and second. Another wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position. Goodwin struck out swinging for the first out of the inning. An intentional walk to Hazlett loaded the bases. Michael came into score on a fielder's choice grounder by Coyle with Hazlett being retired at second on the play. A walk to Graepel again put a runner on every base. Stallings emptied the bases with a grand slam to left field to make the score 8-2.

The Demon Deacons got two runs back with two runs in the top of the eighth. With one out, Murray walked and was along for the ride on Conway's two-run home run, his third of the season.

Wake Forest plays its final road game of the season on Wednesday when the Deacs travel to UNC Greensboro. First pitch against the Spartans is set for 6 p.m.

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