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Maryland baseball falls to North Carolina, 13-1

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The Terps have lost five straight games.

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After getting swept at East Carolina, Maryland baseball looked to turn the tides Tuesday in Chapel Hill against North Carolina, but the Tar Heels were too much on both sides of the ball and dominated the Terps, 13-1.

Head coach Rob Vaughn said before the game that starting pitcher Mark DiLuia had a pitch count of 105 for this game, trying to stretch him out to conserve bullpen arms. But DiLuia had a rough outing for Maryland, giving up nine earned runs and 14 hits in a career-high six innings of work and being pulled after 100 pitches. Twelve of the 14 hits were singles. In total, the Tar Heels had 18 hits in the game, 14 of which were singles. The other four consisted of two doubles and two home runs, a solo shot in the fifth and a grand slam in the seventh.

Five Tar Heels had multi-hit games, with the top three in the order going a combined 8-for-11 with five runs scored, seven RBIs and both home runs. Two Terps had multi-hit games: A.J. Lee and Marty Costes, who went 2-for-4 each.

UNC started the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, putting two runners in scoring position after a single and a double. Zack Gahagan drove home Michael Busch with an RBI sacrifice fly to put the Tar Heels up 1-0.

In the second, UNC added three more runs on DiLuia. Two singles started out the inning, and a sacrifice bunt put the two runners in scoring position for Brandon Martorano, who singled both of them home. A single and a hit batter loaded up the bases for the Tar Heels. Martorano scored on a sacrifice fly, putting North Carolina up 4-0.

The Tar Heels tacked on two more runs in the third. UNC started out the inning with two singles. Ben Casparius singled home Brandon Riley, and Cody Roberts drove home Ike Freeman with a single.

North Carolina wasn’t done in the fourth, scoring two more runs. Kyle Datres singled to start the inning, advancing to third on two wild pitches before scoring on an RBI single from Freeman. Casparius drove home his second run of the game, singling home Freeman, his third run scored of the game.

The Tar Heels continued their scoring in the fifth, scoring a run on a two-out home run from Datres, his second RBI of the game.

Maryland finally countered with a run of their own in the sixth. Nick Dunn and Kevin Biondic both singled with two outs, putting two on for A.J. Lee, who singled home Dunn to put the Terps on the board.

The Tar Heels (13-8, 4-2 ACC) responded loudly in the seventh, scoring four more runs. The first three batters reached base, loading the bases for Busch, who hit a grand slam to extend UNC’s lead to 13-1.

Maryland (9-11, 0-0 Big Ten) will finish off their North Carolina road trip at Elon tomorrow at 4 p.m that can be heard on the Maryland Baseball Network.