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“We were just try­ing to get back to the top of the or­der,” said Wilm­ing­ton head coach Scott Sandlin. “Chris­tian had been hit­ting the ball well, Link gets on base for us and, of course, Chance was swing­ing a big stick to­day. We felt like if we could get to one of those three, then we were go­ing to have a shot. We were a lit­tle im­pa­tient early and then Jack came through with a big hit there and it kind of put a lit­tle pres­sure on them, got them to think­ing a lit­tle bit, and then it just kind of went our way af­ter that.”

Rock­dale coach Jack Mur­phy said he dodged the hot hand in walk­ing lead­off hit­ter Wolfe, putting run­ners at first and sec­ond and set­ting up a force at any base, but then the strat­egy back­fired with the walk of Link­ous.

“When we walked the guy we wanted to get out, that put their best hit­ter prob­a­bly at the plate,” Mur­phy said. “He sin­gled, two runs (in) and that’s the old ball game. Some­times the moves work and some­times they don’t. To­day wasn’t our day, but we had an 11-game win­ning streak com­ing into this thing so we’ll have to start an­other streak to­mor­row.”

Bell, Jeremy Sparks and Randy Loew each had two hits for Ge­or­gia, with Sparks scor­ing twice, Loew driv­ing in two and Bell scor­ing one and driv­ing in one.

Shane Shep­ard and Sam Foy both added two hits for North Carolina. Foy sin­gled Shep­ard home in Post 10’s 3-run fifth.

North Carolina, which im­proved to 34-7 on the sea­son, will take on the win­ner of the game be­tween Sumter and Florida state cham­pion Fort Pierce 358 to­day at ap­prox­i­mately 7 p.m.

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