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April 21, 2013

Carolina sweeps Duke

CHAPEL HILL --- No. 1 North Carolina pounded out 10 runs on 16 hits and the Tar Heels completed a three-game sweep of Duke with a 10-1 win over the Blue Devils Sunday afternoon in front of a regular season record crowd of 4,255 at Boshamer Stadium. Every UNC starter recorded a hit, and Brian Holberton drove in four runs and thumped his eighth home run of the season. Cody Stubbs and Parks Jordan added three hits as Carolina improved to 39-2 and 18-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference action.

Hobbs Johnson (2-0) scattered six hits and three walks over 7.1 scoreless innings, and Trevor Kelley got the final five outs to give UNC its 14th consecutive victory and its ninth win in a row over the Blue Devils (22-20, 8-13 ACC).

Carolina got to Duke starter Robert Huber early and often, touching him up for seven runs in 4.1 innings. Holberton opened the scoring in the first, blasting a 2-0 pitch out to right to give the Tar Heels a quick 3-0 lead.

UNC added single runs in the third and fourth and two more in the fifth to give Johnson plenty of breathing room. The junior lefty won his second straight start with his longest outing of the season, working into the eighth for just the second time in his career. Duke didn't get a runner past second until the seventh when Johnson stranded a pair in scoring position by enducing a pop to short and a flyout.

Stubbs ripped his third double of the afternoon in the seventh and came around to score on a two-run single by Parks Jordan to push the lead to 9-0. Brian Holberton doubled in a run in the eighth before Duke pulled a run back in the ninth to provide the final tally of 10-1.

Carolina continues its trip through the Old North State this week as the Tar Heels host UNC Wilmington Tuesday, Charlotte Wednesday and head to NC State Friday.


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