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Moss Leads No. 15 Carolina Past Pitt
Release: 03/08/2014
CHAPEL HILL --- Benton Moss finished with a career-high 12 strikeouts and No. 15 North Carolina won the second game of an ACC doubleheader 2-1 over Pittsburgh Saturday at Boshamer Stadium. Moss, who threw his first career complete game in his last outing against North Florida, went 7.0 innings and allowed just one run to improve to 2-1 on the year.

Runs were hard to come by for both teams in the nightcap, but Carolina (10-3, 2-0 ACC) struck first in the second. The Tar Heels loaded the bases with nobody out on a leadoff walk by Tyler Ramirez and singles by Korey Dunbar and Parks Jordan. After Joe Dudek fouled out to shallow left, Michael Massardo drove home Ramirez with a deep fly ball to center. Pitt start Rhys Aldenhoven (1-1) escaped further trouble, however, by getting Wood Myers to ground out to first.

UNC added what would prove to be the deciding run in the fourth thanks to another hit from Jordan, who rebounded from a tough start to the season to go 4 for 4. The senior from Winston-Salem, N.C., led off the frame with a double, but looked like he might be stranded after Aldenhoven got Dudek and Massardo. After a Myers walk, however, Landon Lassiter ripped a single to left and Jordan scored to make it 2-0.

Pitt (4-7, 0-2 ACC) got its run in the sixth, one of the few times the Panthers were able to get to Moss. Stephen Vranka led off the inning with a single and stole second, and Boo Vazquez singled him home to cut the Carolina lead in half. But Moss buckled down and eclipsed his career high with two more Ks to end the threat.

Reilly Hovis, Zach Rice and Chris McCue needed just 22 pitches to get the final six outs of the game, with McCue getting the final two for his sixth save of the year and his second of the day.

In addition to Jordan's four-hit day, Lassiter was 2 for 4 with the game-winning RBI and the Tar Heels played their third consecutive errorless game after committing at least one miscue in each of the first 10.

Carolina will go for the series sweep Sunday at 1 p.m. Zac Gallen will take the hill for UNC while Joseph Harvey gets the call for Pitt. Tickets are available at the Boshamer box office or at GoHeels.com.


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