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Duke & No. 2 UNC split Saturday's doubleheader

Posted Sunday, April 15, 2007

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Chapel Hill, NC - Duke and No. 2 North Carolina split Saturday's doubleheader at Boshamer Stadium with the Blue Devils winning game one, 9-3, and the Tar Heels winning game two, 7-4. Duke finishes the week 23-15 overall and 4-14 in the ACC while Carolina sits at 32-6 and 13-5, respectively.

Duke used a six-run third inning and got an outstanding start from senior Tony Bajoczky to defeat Carolina, 9-3, in game one. Bajoczky improved to 7-2 on the season with the win in game one, holding the Tar Heels to two earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts in a season-high eight innings.

North Carolina used a three-run sixth inning on their way to a 7-4 win in game two.

The Blue Devils jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the top of the third in game one. Centerfielder Jimmy Gallagher drew a leadoff walk to begin the inning. Two batters later, third baseman Brett Bartles drew a walk before first baseman Nate Freiman lined an RBI-single to right, scoring Gallagher and moving Bartles to third. Catcher Matt Williams then sent a grounder to first and beat out the double play ball, allowing Bartles to score. Rightfielder Jonathan Anderson followed with a bunt single and designated hitter Tim Sherlock singled up the middle to load the bases. Shortstop Ryan McCurdy was then hit by a pitch that allowed Williams to score and chased Carolina starter Alex White out of the game. Reliever Matt Danford could not put a stop to the big inning as Duke second baseman Kyle Butler laced a two-run single to right center, scoring Anderson and Sherlock. Gallagher then capped the frame with an RBI-single to left to score McCurdy. The six runs allowed by the Tar Heels were the most runs given up by Carolina in an inning this season.

Catcher Tim Federowicz and shortstop Josh Horton had back-to-back one-out singles to start the bottom of the fourth for the Tar Heels. After third baseman Chad Flack popped out to second, rightfielder Tim Fedroff sent an RBI-single to right, scoring Federowicz to make it a 6-1 ballgame.

Anderson had a one-out single before advancing to second on a wild pitch to begin the top of the fifth. Sherlock then lined an RBI-single up the middle to score Anderson, giving the Blue Devils a 7-1 lead.

Carolina loaded the bases to start the bottom of the fifth and scored on back-to-back groundouts by designated hitter Dustin Ackley and Federowicz, making it a 7-3 ballgame.

The Blue Devils pushed their lead to 8-3 with a run in the top of the seventh. After Freiman and Williams both singled to begin the inning, Anderson moved both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Sherlock was then intentionally walked to load the bases. McCurdy then beat out a double play ball to short, allowing Freiman to score.

The Tar Heels threatened to score in the bottom of the eighth with runners on first and second but Alexander Hassan made a diving catch in left to end the inning.

Williams, Anderson and Sherlock drew three straight one-out walks to load the bases to begin the top of the ninth. McCurdy then sent an RBI-single through the left side to score Williams, giving the Blue Devils a 9-3 advantage.

Freshman Michael Seander worked a scoreless ninth with one strikeout to close out the game for Duke.

Freiman led the Blue Devils at the plate in game one, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Sherlock finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, Anderson was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, McCurdy went 1-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored and Butler finished with a pair of RBI. Gallagher and Williams both finished with a hit and an RBI each in the win.

In game two, Duke took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. After McCurdy lined a leadoff single to left, Butler singled up the middle to give the Blue Devils runners on the corners. Gallagher then lifted a sacrifice fly to center to score McCurdy.

Carolina tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third. Ackley sent a leadoff double to right center before scoring on a Federowicz double down the left field line.

Williams drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Anderson to begin the top of the fourth. After moving to third on a wild pitch, Williams scored on a groundout to second by Sherlock, giving the Blue Devils a 2-1 lead.

Following a one-out bunt single by Gore to start the bottom of the fourth, Fedroff and centerfielder Seth Williams drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Ackley then sent a sacrifice fly to center, tying the game at 2-2.

Horton gave the Tar Heels a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth, belting a solo shot to right on a 2-2 offering. Flack followed with a bunt single before stealing second. Three batters later, Gore sent a fly ball to right field that was just out of the reach of a diving Hassan, allowing Flack to score from second and giving Carolina a 4-2 advantage.

The Tar Heels added three runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend their lead to 7-2. After a one-out single by Ackley, Federowicz singled through the left side to give Carolina runners on the corners. Horton followed with an RBI-single to right to score Ackley. Federowicz and Horton both advanced a base on a groundout by Flack before leftfielder Reid Fronk was walked to load the bases. Catcher Benji Johnson then drew a bases-loaded walk, allowing Federowicz to score from third. Gore then drew a second straight bases-loaded walk to bring in Horton.

Gallagher blasted a two-run homer in the top of the ninth, turning on the first pitch he saw to make it a 7-4 ballgame. It was the third home run of the season for Gallagher and the 11th of his career.

Anderson paced the Blue Devils at the plate in game two, going 2-for-3. Gallagher finished 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBI, McCurdy was 1-for-4 with two runs scored, Williams went 1-for-2 with a run scored, Butler was 1-for-3 and Sherlock had an RBI.

Carolina starter Adam Warren improved to 7-0, holding the Blue Devils to two runs on three hits in five innings of work.

Freshman Michael Ness fell to 3-3 after allowing five runs on six hits in two innings of relief. Sophomore Andrew Wolcott added 2.1 hitless innings of relief for Duke.

With the series win, Carolina gets the Carlyle Cup point for baseball, tying this year's tally at 9.5 for each school.

 
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Duke & No. 2 UNC split Saturday's doubleheader
Duke and No. 2 North Carolina split Saturday's doubleheader at Boshamer Stadium with the Blue Devils winning game one, 9-3, and the Tar Heels winning game two, 7-4.
photo by Gene Galin