Tar Heels outlast Seahawks in 12 innings

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UNCW’s 10-game winning streak came to a halt on Wednesday as North Carolina was able to take advantage of a balk to score the go-ahead run in a 6-5 win over the Seahawks at Brooks Field.

The Tar Heels won their third straight to improve to 26-15, while UNCW dropped to 28-9.

Zach Shields
Zach Shields.

Freshman reliever Justin Crump (0-1) took the loss after allowing a run on two hits and a walk in 1.1 innings out of the bullpen.

Tyler Ramirez opened the 12th with a single and moved into scoring position following a sacrifice bunt. Crump then sent a pitch to the back stop during an intentional walk to move Ramirez to third. A throwing error on a swinging third strike put runners on the corners and Ramirez scored one batter later when Crump failed to complete a throw to first on an attempted pickoff.

Carolina reliever Trent Thornton (3-4) earned the win after holding the Seahawks scoreless over 2.2 innings. He scattered two hits and walked two while striking out three.

Brian Miller finished with three hits to lead North Carolina, who built a 5-1 lead after 2 and 1/2 innings.

Steven Linkous was one four Seahawks with two hits. He walked three times and stole three bases.  Casey Golden added two hits and drove in two.

UNCW visits Elon this weekend in conference play. The series opens Friday with a 6:30 p.m. start.