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No. 2 Tar Heels Cruise Past FGCU, 10-1
Release: 06/04/2017

Update: Carolina vs. Davidson is now set for a 7:34 first pitch.

CHAPEL HILL --- Tyler Baum tossed 5.1 strong innings to improve to 7-0 and Brandon Riley finished a homer shy of the cycle as No. 2 North Carolina pounded FGCU 10-1 to advance in the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional Sunday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Cody Roberts had three hits of his own, and Brian Miller, Ashton McGee and Kyle Datres added two hits each for the Tar Heels, who now must beat Davidson twice to advance to next week's Super Regional round.

Miller singled and scored in the first to set the tone for a dominant performance by Carolina (49-13). His RBI single in the second made it 3-0 and the Tar Heels pushed it to 5-0 on run-scoring hits by Tyler Lynn and Zack Gahagan in the fifth.

Baum retired nine in a row at one point and left with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth. Austin Bergner came on and got a groundout and a fly ball to limit the Eagles (43-20) to a single run.

Lynn drove in another run with a line-drive sac fly in the seventh, and Carolina broke it open with a four-run eighth. Riley's two-run triple punctuated a 10-run, 15-hit performance by the hosts.

Bergner, Jason Morgan and Trevor Gay combined to allow just one hit over 3.2 scoreless frames to wrap up the victory that kept the Tar Heels alive to face Davidson for a second time in the regional. The Wildcats took the first meeting 8-4 on Friday and are one win away from advancing to the Supers for the first time in program history.

Taylor Sugg will start for UNC opposite Davidson righty Josh Hudson.

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