No. 21 Trojans Top No. 6 Tar Heels 5-2
March 4, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The No. 21 USC baseball team was able to defeat No. 6 North Carolina 5-2 in the final game of the series fueled by a stellar outing from freshman lefty Stephen Tarpley and a five run explosion in the fifth inning that proved to be too much for the Tar Heels this afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. The Trojans move to 8-3 on the season with the win.
Tarpley was hot from the start as he struck out UNC's Cody Stubbs, Tom Zengel and Mike Zolk in the second inning. Tarpley allowed just two runs on five hits while striking out seven in six innings or work against a potent North Carolina lineup.
The Trojans fell behind 1-0 in the fourth inning when Stubbs singled to right to score Jacob Stallings.
UNC's lead wouldn't last as the Trojans put together a five run two-out rally in the fifth. Junior Adam Landecker got things going with an RBI single to center to score senior Garret Houts and even the game at 1-1. Senior Matt Foat followed with a ground-rule double that bounced over the center field wall and advanced Landecker to third base. Senior Kevin Roundtree delivered a timely single to right to plate Landecker and Foat giving the Trojans a 3-1 lead and chase starter Chris O'Brien (0-2) from the game. Sophomore Kevin Swick doubled to left to advance Roundtree and set the table for sophomore Jake Hernandez, who got the start behind the plate today. Hernandez kept things rolling as he knocked in Roundtree and Swick with a clean single to left.
The Tar Heels (8-2) would add another run on a bases-loaded wild pitch by Tarpley in the sixth but would get no closer on this day.
Seniors Brad Douthit and Martin Viramontes combined for three scoreless innings of relief. Viramontes held eight batters hitless in 2. 1 innings to notch his second save of the season.
The Trojans return to action Tuesday March 6 as they host Cal State Fullerton in a 6 p.m. contest at Dedeaux Field.