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Reilly Hovis picked up his third win of the season.
Reilly Hovis picked up his third win of the season.
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No. 13 Carolina Pounds George Mason, 13-3
Release: 03/11/2014
CHAPEL HILL --- Reilly Hovis struck out a career-high six batters and No. 13 North Carolina scored a season-best 13 runs in a 13-3 win over George Mason Tuesday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Wood Myers had a three-run double in the second and Tyler Ramirez had a two-run triple in the fifth for the Tar Heels, who will host Gardner-Webb Wednesday at 1 before traveling to College Park, Md., for a weekend series against Maryland.

Mason (9-6) jumped on top early against Carolina starter Taylore Cherry. Making his first start of 2014, Cherry struggled early but held the Patriots to single runs in the first and second by stranding six runners in the first four innings. That would be a theme for GMU, as the visitors from the Atlantic-10 left 12 on for the game.

Carolina (11-4) took the lead for good in the second thanks to the wildness of Mason starter Michael Bowie. Bowie (0-1) walked Skye Bolt to open the second before allowing singles to Korey Dunbar and Parks Jordan. After another walk to Joe Dudek, Myers cleared the bases with a bloop double to left that make it 4-2.

Ramirez broke the game open in the fifth after Landon Lassiter and Bolt walked against reliever Evan Porcella. Ramirez fell behind 1-2 before working the count full, and the freshman right fielder ripped the eighth pitch of the at-bat down the line in right to drive in his sophomore teammates.

Carolina added six more in the eighth for the final margin of victory, with doubles from Dunbar and Michael Russell highlighting the action.

Hovis was outstanding in relief once against for the Tar Heels, as the Gastonia, N.C., sophomore improved to 3-1 on the year with six strikeouts and just three hits in 3.1 innings. Jack Geraghty made his Carolina debut in the ninth and finished the game with a strikeout and a fielder's choice, as the redshirt freshman threw 14 strikes on 16 pitches.

UNC returns to action Wednesday afternoon against Gardner-Webb. That game is set to begin at 1 p.m. - a change from the originally scheduled start time - due to weather concerns.


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