CHAPEL HILL – North Carolina (20-16, 14-12) topped Miami (21-13, 12-12) 4-2 in game one and 6-5 in game two on Friday evening's doubleheader on Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium.

Game one
 
In his first game on the diamond since April 9, Angel Zarate hit a double to left center and scored on Justice Thompson's RBI single in the first inning to give the Tar Heels an early 1-0 lead.
 
After a scoreless second inning, Thompson recorded another RBI with a single to right field, which allowed Colby Wilkerson to score and extend the Tar Heel lead to 2-0.
 
Dallas Tessar smashed a solo home run to start off the fourth inning before he hit an RBI double down the left field line to send Brett Centracchio home in the fifth. Centracchio's run gave the Heels a 4-0 lead.
 
Miami broke through in the top of the seventh inning with a sacrifice fly to right field to make the score 4-1.
 
With no score in the eighth inning, the Hurricanes scored a run in the top of the ninth in a final attempt to close in on the Carolina lead. Miami was unable to capitalize on the momentum and the Heels took the 4-2 win in the first game of the series.
 
Austin Love started on the mound for the Heels. He pitched 6.1 innings, recording seven strikeouts. Love allowed one run on seven hits. Caden O'Brien pitched 1.2 innings and allowed three hits and one strikeout. Gage Gillian finished the game pitching one complete inning, which included one run and one strikeout and earned the save.
 
Game two
 
The Tar Heels scored their first run of the game in the third inning after an error by the Miami right fielder that advanced Colby Wilkerson to second base on his first at-bat. Angel Zarate's RBI single up the right side tied the game 1-1 following Miami's run in the first inning.
 
Mac Horvath pushed the Tar Heel lead to 3-1 in the fifth inning with his first-career home run, a 2 RBI home run. Later in the frame, Zarate doubled up the right side line, Miami committed a throwing error, and Roberts to scored
 
An RBI single to single base from Justice Thompson pushed the North Carolina lead to 5-1 to close the inning.
 
Roberts drew a bases-loaded walk to push Tar Heel lead to 6-1. North Carolina led 6-1 moving into the seventh inning.
 
Miami rallied in the seventh inning with an RBI single and RBI double to left field which made the score 6-2 in the top of the seventh.
 
Another RBI double and a two-run home run cut the lead to one run
 
Shawn Rapp made his first career start on the mound for the Heels. He pitched 6 innings, recording 8 strikeouts and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits.
 
Rapp was the first UNC pitcher not named Austin Love to pitch five innings since Max Alba on March 14 against Clemson. He retired 13 straight batters from the second to the sixth inning.
 
Nik Pry entered the game in the seventh inning and pitched a total of 2.2 innings, allowing 2 hits and 3 runs. Gage Gillian entered the game in the ninth inning, recorded the final out and earned his second save of the day.
 
The third game of the series will take place on Sunday, April 25 at noon at Boshamer Stadium.
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