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No. 5 UNC Defeats ODU, 7-6 With Run In Bottom Of The Ninth

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: April 01, 2009
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April 1, 2009

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CHAPEL HILL, NC--Mark Fleury's one out hit in the bottom of the ninth lifted the fifth ranked Tar Heels of North Carolina (22-6) to a 7-6 victory over Old Dominion (8-16) Wednesday evening.

ODU tied the game in the top of the ninth when Josh Wright scored from third on a double play. In the eight Brett Harris sacrifice fly plated Joe Velleggia from third to give the Monarchs a 5-3 Lead.

The Tar Heels rallied in the bottom of the eighth with three runs. Fleury led the inning off with a solo homer. Later in the inning Garrett Gore tripled to right, scoring Ben Bunting and Mike Cavasini for a 6-5 UNC lead. In the ninth inning Levi Michael reached on an ODU error, then was balked to second which set up the game winning hit for Fleury.

In the fifth, Max Most doubled home Josh Wright, then Gerard Hall slammed a two-run homer. Most led ODU with three hits on the day, while Hall had two hits. Joe Velleggia and Josh Wright both scored twice for ODU, and Hall and Brett Harris knocked in two runs each.

Garrett Gore led UNC with three hits, while Fleury, and Ben Bunting each had two hits. ODU returns to CAA action this weekend with a three-game series at James Madison beginning Friday at 3 p.m.

ODU 010 030 011-6-9-3 UNC 010 110 031-7-11-2

ODU Battery: Cory Toth, Brandon Smith (6)A.Wright (7); Robbie Watkins (8) and Joe Velleggia UNC Battery: Matt Harvey, Garrett Davis (2), Patrick Johnson (3),Colin Bates (7) and Mark Fleury.

WP: Matt Harvey(4-1) LP: Robbie Watkins (0-2) HR: ODU-Gerard Hall (2) ; UNC-Mark Fleury (7)


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