CHAPEL HILL --- No. 30 North Carolina snapped a six-game losing streak with a 9-4 win over visiting UNCW Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium. Tom Zengel drove in three runs and eight different Tar Heels had hits as Carolina improved to 16-12 on the year. Skye Bolt and Adrian Chacon both homered in a three-run sixth that broke open a tight contest.
Zac Gallen started for the second game in a row after going just one-third of an inning Sunday at Duke. The freshman right-hander allowed two runs in the first to the Seahawks (12-14), but settled down to post scoreless frames in the second and third before giving way to Reilly Hovis in the fourth.
Hovis, who has been Carolina's most effective reliever in 2014, improved to 5-1 with 3.1 scoreless innings of work as the Tar Heel bats finally came alive in the middle innings.
Singles by Zengel and Parks Jordan and a Chacon hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with one out in the fourth. Tyler Ramirez then singled home a pair of runs to give UNC a 3-2 lead it would not relinquish.
The Tar Heels added three in the sixth thanks to some welcome production via the long ball. Chacon drove the first pitch he saw from Ryan Foster out to left for his first career home run. Three batters later, Bolt clubbed his first of the year to make it 6-2.
UNCW rallied for two runs against UNC lefty Zach Rice in the eighth but the talented freshman got Josh Abshire swinging to end the inning, stranding the tying runs on first and third.
Zengel's bases-clearing double in the eighth gave Carolina a five-run lead, and Spencer Trayner pitched around a leadoff single in the ninth to end it.
The Tar Heels will return to Atlantic Coast Conference play this weekend at Boston College. The three-game league series is set to begin Friday at 2:30 p.m.