“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.