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UNC wallops Virginia, 10-2, eliminating ‘Hoos from ACC Baseball Championship

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North Carolina broke open a 4-2 game with three in the seventh and three more in the eighth, eliminating #12 Virginia from the 2023 ACC Baseball Championship, 10-2, on Thursday.

UVA (45-12) now awaits its destination for next week’s NCAA Tournament regional round, which should be its home field, Disharoon Park, with the Cavaliers projected to be a top-eight national seed.

UNC (35-21), which lost two of three to Virginia in the teams’ regular-season series in Chapel Hill two months ago, took the lead for good with a three-run fourth, on an RBI single by Hunter Stokely, a run-scoring double from Alberto Osuna, and a sac fly from Colby Wilkerson.

Virginia cut the lead to 4-2 on a solo homer from Ethan Anderson in the sixth.

The Tar Heels’ seventh extended the lead with a two-run single from Tomas Frick and a RBI infield hit from Patrick Alvarez.

A Frick three-run double in the eighth erased whatever lingering doubt there may have been.

Connelly Early (10-2, 3.39 ERA) took the loss for UVA, giving up four runs, three earned, in four innings of work, striking out two and walking four.

The Virginia lineup managed just seven hits on the afternoon.

Anderson, Anthony Stephan and Henry Godbout each had 2-for-4 days at the plate for the ‘Hoos.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].

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