Chapel Hill – An eighth inning rally by North Carolina carried the Heels to a 9-5 victory over Clemson Saturday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium.
The Tigers put up 12 hits on the afternoon but could manage only five runs. Jeff Schaus was 4-5 on the afternoon with two RBIs. Richie Shaffer was 2-3 while Phil Pohl went 2-4.
Dominic Leone pitched well in his second start since returning from injury. Leone went four innings and only gave up two hits, two runs and one earned run on 86 pitches.
For the second straight day the Tigers took an early lead. In the first inning John Hinson reached by an error to start the inning. With one out Phil Pohl was hit by a pitch. Clemson tried a double steal and Pohl was out at second while Hinson advanced to third. Jeff Schaus hit a single to right to score Hinson and give the Tigers a 1-0 lead after the top of the first.
The Heels responded with a run in the bottom of the second to tie the game.
Clemson regained the lead in the top of the third. Phil Pohl doubled down the left field line with one out. Richie Shaffer singled up the middle on the first pitch to score Pohl. After the top of the third Clemson led 2-1.
Once again North Carolina rallied back to tie the game with a run in the bottom of the third.
The Tigers missed a golden opportunity to retake the lead in the top of the fifth. Will Lamb beat the pitcher to the bag for a leadoff single, but he was then thrown out at first. With one out Shaffer tripled but was stranded when Schaus popped out.
Jonathan Meyer came in to pitch for the Tigers in the fifth inning. The Heels plated three runs on three hits and an error to take the lead 5-2.
In the seventh inning John Hinson got a leadoff single to left center, but was thrown out trying to steal second. With one out Phil Pohl singled to left. Richie Shaffer walked to advance Pohl to second. Jeff Schaus singled to center to score Pohl. Spencer Kieboom walked to load the bases. Chris Epps worked a walk to score Shaffer. After being down 0-2 Jason Stolz worked a walk to score Schaus. After the bottom of the seventh the score was tied 5-5.
North Carolina plated four in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead again. Heading to the ninth the Heels led 9-5.
Clemson fell to 14-11 overall and 4-7 in the ACC with the loss. The Tigers and Heels play the final game of the series Sunday at 1 PM.