May 31, 2002
Columbia, SC – North Carolina combined for 11 hits and five runs and UNC
starting pitcher Scott Autrey gave up only two hits and struck out six
as the Tar Heels defeated James Madison 5-0. The win gives North
Carolina (41-19) a leg up in the NCAA Baseball Regional in Columbia,
S.C. as James Madison (43-15) falls to the losers bracket in the double
North Carolina will face the winner of the South Carolina – Virginia Commonwealth match-up at 3:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday while the
loser of that game will face James Madison at 11:00 a.m. EDT Saturday.
Scott Autrey (5-3) gets the win for the Tar Heels after striking
out six and walking one. Jared Doyle (11-3) takes the loss for James
Madison pitching 5 1/3 innings giving up five runs on eight hits,
walking four and striking out seven.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third when North
Carolina Designated Hitter Ron Braun singled to left field with one out.
Chad Prosser, the UNC Second Baseman, reached on base after an error by
the Dukes second baseman Mitch Rigsby, JMU’s lone error of the game.
That error advanced Braun to second. Tar Heel Centerfielder Adam
Greenburg flied out to center field, giving the Tar Heels two outs and
runners on first and second. Russ Adams, the North Carolina shortstop
was up next and hit a single into centerfield, scoring Braun. That would
be the only run the Tar Heels would get across in that inning.
North Carolina’s bats woke up in the sixth inning when, with a
man on first and one out, Ron Braun hit a deep shot to left center,
clearing the wall, and putting the Tar Heels up 3-0. Chad Prosser, the
next batter walked and following him was Adam Greenberg who hit a double
to right field, advancing Prosser to third. Jared Doyle intentionally
walked Russ Adams to load the bases and that would be the last thing
Doyle would be able to do on the mound as the Dukes brought in Chris
Cochran to finish the game. Sean Farrell doubled to right field scoring
Chad Prosser and Adam Greenberg. That would give the Tar Heels a 5-0
advantage and that would be all North Carolina would get and need as the
Tar Heels went on to win 5-0.
“We’re very happy to have won,” commented UNC Head Coach Mike
Fox. “Scott (Autrey) was outstanding today. This is one of his best
outings if not the best of the year. I thought JMU was outstanding as
well, they just could not seem to do much with Scott on the mound. You
never know what to expect in this game. The biggest interest for us was
just to keep our strikes down.”