Clemson routs UNC, which was without Honeycutt, for Tigers’ 10th straight win

By R.L. Bynum

Without star center fielder Vance Honeycutt and a rough outing for right-hander Max Carlson, it was a long night in Clemson for North Carolina.

The No. 7 Tigers scored six runs of Carlson in the first two innings and rolled to a 14–7 victory Thursday over the Tar Heels at Doug Kingsmore Stadium for their 10th consecutive victory. UNC didn’t go down quietly, though, scoring four runs and getting six of its 15 hits in the ninth inning.

UNC’s hopes of winning the ACC Coastal Division title ended with the loss, but the Tar Heels (33–20, 14–12 ACC) will try to rebound Friday night and Saturday to improve their NCAA resume. Carolina will have to play better defense after committing four errors in the opener.

Honeycutt is dealing with a lower-body injury and is day-to-day, leading Mac Horvath to start in center field. Horvath went 0 for 3 to have his career-high 10-game hitting streak snapped.

Carlson (4–2) gave up a career-high 10 hits in 3⅔ innings, giving up six runs and walking two while striking out two.

Clemson (37–17, 18–10) jumped out to a lead with two outs in the first inning when Will Taylor beat out an infield single, then Cayden Grice hit a two-run home run to right field. The Tigers made a rout of it with four runs in the second inning on three singles, a double and two Carolina errors.

Third baseman Johnny Castagnozzi cut UNC’s deficit in half with a two-run homer run to center field in the fourth and an RBI single in the fifth.

UNC could come no closer, and finished the game without using its top relievers.

Clemson DH Billy Amick led off the fifth inning with a solo home run off UNC reliever Kyle Percival, who gave up four hits and four runs (three earned) with two strikeouts in one inning.

Tigers third baseman Blake Wright hit a three-run homer in the five-run sixth inning and a two-run home run in the eighth inning, both off Carolina reliever Will Sandy.

Sandy pitched the final three innings, giving up three hits, three runs and three walks while striking out four. It was his longest outing since going 3⅔ innings against Seton Hall on Feb. 18.

Carolina sent 10 batters to the plate in the ninth inning and scored four runs on Carter French’s RBI single, Reece Holbrook’s RBI groundout, a Clemson error and Patrick Alvarez’s RBI single.

It was Alvarez’s first game since fracturing his left hamate bone on April 13.

NOTES — A pair of right-handers start Friday’s second game, which streams on ESPN3 at 6 p.m., with UNC junior Jake Knapp (4–3, 4.78 ERA) opposing Clemson sophomore Austin Gordon (1–4, 4.72 ERA). In Saturday’s 1 p.m. finale (ACC Network), Clemson will start junior left-hander Caden Grice (6–1, 3.60 ERA) and Carolina hasn’t named a starter. … Redshirt freshman right fielder Casey Cook walked twice to extend his on-base streak to 41 games. … Clemson pushed its advantage in the all-time series with UNC to 103–96–1, including 51–32–1 in games at Clemson. … UNC had won the previous four meetings. … Carolina fell to 5–15 in games against teams currently ranked in the D1 Baseball Top 25.

No. 7 Clemson 14, UNC 7

ACC standings

Coastal Division

No. 21 Virginia19–1144–11W9
No. 11 Miami18–12137–18W2
No. 16 Duke16–1335–19L2
North Carolina14–14433–21L4
Virginia Tech12–1730–21W1
Georgia Tech12–18730–24L4

Atlantic Division

No. 1 Wake Forest22–745–9L1
No. 7 Clemson20–1039–17W12
No. 22 Boston College16–1434–17W2
Notre Dame15–1530–22L3
N.C. State13–16934–18W3
Florida State9–2113½23–31W2

Thursday’s results
No. 7 Clemson 14, UNC 7
N.C. State 7, Pittsburgh 2
No. 1 Wake Forest 6, Virginia Tech 3
No. 21 Virginia 12, Georgia Tech 5
Notre Dame 5, Boston College 1
No. 16 Duke 5, No. 11 Miami 3
Louisville 7, Florida State 4
Friday’s results
No. 7 Clemson 5, UNC 4
Boston College 7, Notre Dame 2
Boston College 8, Notre Dame 4
N.C. State 17, Pittsburgh 8
No. 1 Wake Forest 7, Virginia Tech 5
No. 21 Virginia 10, Georgia Tech 6
Florida State 7, Louisville 4
No. 11 Miami 10, No. 16 Duke 8, 11 innings
Saturday’s games
No. 21 Virginia 8, Georgia Tech 7
No. 7 Clemson 3, UNC 1
N.C. State 8, Pittsburgh 2
Florida State 6, Louisville 2
Virginia Tech 14, No. 1 Wake Forest 6
No. 11 Miami 10, No. 16 Duke 1
ACC tournament at Durham Bulls Athletic Park
May 23–28

(current rank)
17Friday10–8 LSeton HallHome0–1
18Saturday11–2 WSeton HallHome1–1
19Sunday4–2 WSeton HallHome2–1
21Tuesday14–2 WRadfordHome3–1
22Wed.10–0 WLongwoodHome4–1
24Friday6–5 LNo. 15 East CarolinaGreenville4–2
26Sunday6–5 LNo. 15 East CarolinaHome4–3
28Tuesday10–4 WVCUHome5–3
1Wed.14–10 WVCUHome6–3
3Friday3–2 W
11 innings
Stony BrookHome7–3
4Saturday7–5 WStony BrookHome8–3
5Sunday15–4 WStony BrookHome9–3
7Tuesday8–4 W,
5 innings
Western CarolinaHome10–3
8Wed.15–5 WPenn StateHome11–3
10Friday7–3 LNo. 11 VirginiaHome11–4,
0–1 ACC
11Saturday8–4 LNo. 11 VirginiaHome11–5,
0–2 ACC
11Saturday6–0 WNo. 11 VirginiaHome12–5,
1–2 ACC
14Tuesday16–3 WCharlotteCharlotte13–5
15Wed.16–2 WHigh PointHome14–5
17, 18Friday,
17–7 WPittsburghPittsburgh15–5,
2–2 ACC
21Tuesday6–4 WN.C. A&THome16–5
23Thursday6–3 WDukeHome17–5,
3–2 ACC
24Friday8–5 LDukeHome17–6,
3–3 ACC
25Saturday5–3 WDukeHome18–6,
4–3 ACC
28Tuesday12–7 LNo. 9 Coastal CarolinaHome18–7
31Friday10–8 WNotre DameSouth Bend, Ind.19–7,
5–3 ACC
2Sunday5–2 WNotre DameSouth Bend, Ind.20–7,
6–3 ACC
2Sunday9–1 LNotre DameSouth Bend, Ind20–8,
6–4 ACC
4Tuesday5–0 LSouth CarolinaCharlotte20–9
6Thursday8–1 WGeorgia TechAtlanta21–9,
7–4 ACC
7Friday10–6 WGeorgia TechAtlanta22–9,
8–4 ACC
7Friday8–4 LGeorgia TechAtlanta22–10,
8–5 ACC
11Tuesday10–6 WQueensHome23–10
13Thursday5–4 LNo. 8 MiamiHome23–11,
8–6 ACC
9–8 W,
11 inn.
No. 8 MiamiHome24–11,
9–6 ACC
15Saturday4–3 LNo. 8 MiamiHome24–12,
9–7 ACC
18Tuesday5–3 WCharlotteHome25–12
21Friday9–8 L,
10 inn.
Boston CollegeHome25–13,
9–8 ACC
22Saturday9–4 LBoston CollegeHome25–14,
9–9 ACC
23Sunday6–2 LBoston CollegeHome25–15,
9–10 ACC
25Tuesday18–2 WUNCWHome26–15
28Friday7–0 LVirginia TechBlacksburg, Va.26–16,
9–11 ACC
29Saturday12–8 WVirginia TechBlacksburg, Va.27–16,
10–11 ACC
29Saturday13–7 WVirginia TechBlacksburg, Va.28–16,
11–11 ACC
2Tuesday6–5 LNo. 11 CampbellHome28–17
3Wed.2–1 WNo. 15 East CarolinaGreenville29–17
9Tuesday5–4 WGardner-WebbHome30–17
11Thursday9–8 WN.C. StateHome31–17,
12–11 ACC
12Friday9–3 WN.C. StateHome32–17,
13–11 ACC
13Saturday12–2 WN.C. StateHome33–17,
14–11 ACC
16Tuesday8–6 LNo. 9 Coastal CarolinaConway, S.C.33–18
18Thursday14–7 LNo. 3 ClemsonClemson, S.C.33–19,
14–12 ACC
19Friday5–4 LNo. 3 ClemsonClemson, S.C.33–20,
14–13 ACC
20Saturday3–1 LNo. 3 ClemsonClemson, S.C.33–21,
14–14 ACC
ACC tournament
23Tuesday11–5 WGeorgia TechDurham34–21
25Thursday10–2 WNo. 11 VirginiaDurham35–21
27Saturday10–4 LSemifinal vs.
No. 3 Clemson
JuneNCAA tournament
Terre Haute Regional
2Friday5–4 LIowaTerre Haute, Ind.35–23
3Saturday5–0 WWright StateTerre Haute, Ind.36–23
4Sunday6–5 L,
13 innings
Iowa Terre Haute, Ind.36–24
Rankings according to D1Baseball

Photo via @ClemsonBaseball


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s