CHAPEL HILL --- Tyler Baum, Austin Bergner, Rodney Hutchison Jr. and Cole Aker combined for a one-hitter as No. 9 North Carolina capped a 17-game homestand with a 9-2 win over Maryland Tuesday at Boshamer Stadium. Ashton McGee clubbed his first career home run and drove in four runs on a day when all nine Tar Heel starters registered a hit.
Carolina (13-4) jumped on Maryland starter Hunter Parsons for four runs in the first two innings. After a McGee sac fly in the first, Zack Gahagan lined his third homer of the year out to left to make it 2-0.
Maryland (9-6) scored its only runs and got its only hit in the third. Baum, who improved to 3-0 on the year with the win, walked the first two batters he faced in the inning. Two batters later, Nick Dunn singled through the right side to plate both runners and cut the UNC lead in half. Baum bounced back to get an inning-ending double play and the Terps were unable to muster any other offense.
Over the final six innings, Baum, Bergner, Hutchison and Aker did not allow a runner past second base. Maryland's last best chance came in the sixth when Bergner issued back-to-back one-out walks. But the freshman right-hander responded with consecutive strikeouts to end the threat.
The Tar Heel offense pulled away in the fourth. Ike Freeman singled home Cody Roberts to make it 5-2 before McGee's tape-measure shot to right pushed the UNC advantage to 8-2. Gahagan closed out the scoring with an RBI groundout in the seventh.
Tuesday's combined one-hitter was the first for Carolina since 2014 when A.J. Bogucki, Trevor Kelley and Jack Geraghty teamed to limited North Carolina A&T to a single hit in a 10-0 victory.
Carolina hits the road for the first time starting Friday at 6 p.m. when the Tar Heels visit Georgia Tech for the first of three in Atlanta.