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Hobbs Johnson earned his first win of the year Sunday with six scoreless innings.
Hobbs Johnson earned his first win of the year Sunday with six scoreless innings.
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No. 1 Carolina Sweeps Road Series, 3-0
Release: 04/14/2013

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- No. 1 North Carolina broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning and added two more in the seventh en route to a 3-0 win at Virginia Tech Sunday to finish off a series sweep. 

After Carolina (34-2, 15-2 ACC) and Virginia Tech (22-15, 7-11 ACC) combined to score 46 runs in the first two games of their series in Blacksburg, Va., the starting pitchers locked into a pitcher's duel Sunday afternoon.

North Carolina's Hobbs Johnson (1-0) and Virginia Tech's Devin Burke (5-3) traded scoreless frames with each working around six free passes. 

The Tar Heels finally broke through against Burke in the sixth inning to plate the game's first run.

Brian Holberton opened the frame with a single to right field and alertly advanced to second on a deep fly ball off the bat of Cody Stubbs that reached the warning track in left field.

A ground ball off the bat of Michael Russell was snared by the Hokie shortstop but Holberton advanced to third base before Mike Zolk walked on four pitches to bring Parks Jordan to the plate.

Jordan swung at the first offering he saw and rolled a single through the right side that plated Holberton and gave Johnson a 1-0 lead to work with.

The Hokies would put a pair on base in the bottom of the sixth inning but Johnson buckled down and threw a 3-2 fastball by Kyle Wernicki to end the threat.

The top of the order produced for the Tar Heels in the seventh as Chaz Frank singled and stole second base before Landon Lassiter walked ahead of the ACC's leader in RBIs, Colin Moran

Moran pulled a single through the right side to plate Frank and Brian Holberton followed suit with a RBI single of his own to push the lead to 3-0.

Johnson would walk the leadoff man in the Hokie half of the seventh thus ending his day as Trevor Kelley came out of the bullpen. Kelley picked up a strikeout and retired the next two hitters who attempted to bunt.

Kelley followed the scoreless seventh with a 1-2-3 eighth inning as he sat down Virginia Tech's 3-4-5 hitters.

The Tar Heels would load the bases in the ninth but were unable to add to their lead as Kelley returned to the bump for the ninth.

The Hokies opened the inning with a double off the left field wall by Chad Morgan against Kelley. Morgan would advance to third base on a fly ball for the first out of the inning before Tate Parrish came on for the Tar Heels.

Parrish stranded the runner at third base as he struck out a pair of Hokie left-handed hitters to record his second save of the week.

The win gives Carolina its sixth ACC series win of the year and fourth by way of the sweep. The shutout gives the Tar Heel pitching staff six for the year.

Up next for the Tar Heels is a return home to Boshamer Stadium where Carolina will host Coastal Carolina (Tuesday), Elon (Wednesday) and Duke (Friday-Sunday) this week.


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