Four North Carolina (13-5) pitchers combined to throw a one-hitter to defeat Maryland (9-6) 9-2 on Tuesday. Maryland’s loss snaps their eight-game winning streak.
Freshman Tar Heel starter Tyler Baum only allowed one hit through five innings of work to improve to 3-0 on the season. Three UNC relievers combined to hold the Terps hitless through the final four frames.
The Terps were beneficiaries of seven walks, but were unable to capitalize. Their lone hit came from Nick Dunn, who drove in Maryland’s only two runs with a single in the third inning.
“If you’re going to beat a team like this at their place, you have to pitch and play defense with them,” head coach John Szefc said. “You can’t be coming from six behind.”
The Tar Heels jumped on top early, scoring two runs in the first. Maryland starter Hunter Parsons (0-1) exited after only 1.2 innings, allowing four runs.
In the first, Tar Heel junior Brian Miller singled and advanced to second on a passed ball. He scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman Ashton McGee and Zack Gahagan followed with a solo home run.
In the second frame, senior Tyler Lynn reached on a bunt single, advanced to third on a fielding error by third baseman AJ Lee and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ike Freeman. To tack on the final run of the inning, Cody Roberts scored on an RBI single by Logan Warmoth.
“If we got a good start and played better defense behind those guys the outcome is probably a lot better,” Szefc said.
Maryland cut their deficit in half in the third inning on a two-run single by Dunn, but could not do any further damage.
Roberts led off the fourth with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Roberts moved to third on a groundout by Brandon Riley and scored on an RBI single to center field by Freeman. Miller walked and McGee hit a three-run home run.
Mike Rescigno and Jared Prince combined to toss three scoreless innings out of the bullpen, each notching two strikeouts.
The Tar Heels added one more run in the seventh on a groundout by Gahagan, his second RBI of the day.
Maryland returns home for a three-game series against Princeton, starting Friday at 4 p.m.