CHAPEL HILL --- Matt Grimes scattered eight hits over 7.0 innings and Georgia Tech secured a series win with a 9-1 victory over No. 12 North Carolina Saturday night at Boshamer Stadium. Grimes and Zac Ryan limited the Tar Heels to just one first-inning run in completing a doubleheader sweep. Landon Lassiter and Tom Zengel had two hits apiece for the Tar Heels, who return to action Wednesday, March 26, at 6 p.m. against Winthrop.
Matt Gonzalez and Keenan Innis each had three hits to lead a 14-hit attack for the Yellow Jackets, who moved above .500 in league play for the first time in 2014. Georgia Tech (15-9, 5-4 ACC) also played stellar defense in the series finale, as the middle infield duo of Mott Hyde and Connor Justus was outstanding and the visitors turned four double plays for the game.
Carolina (15-8, 5-4 ACC) jumped on top early with Zengel's first-inning RBI single. Lassiter led off the bottom of the first with a single and took second on a groundout before Zengel drove him home.
But it would be all Georgia Tech from there, as the Yellow Jackets chased Tar Heel starter Zac Gallen (2-2) in the fifth after scoring six times against the freshman right-hander. They would add three insurance runs against the UNC bullpen, and the Carolina offense was never able to string together a rally.
The sweep handed the Tar Heels their first league series loss of the season and a fifth-straight series setback against the Yellow Jackets.
Carolina will host Winthrop on Wednesday night before making the short drive to Durham to take on Duke in a three-game set.