No. 4 UNC Tops Xavier Baseball In Season Opener

Seth Willoughby hit his frist home run of the season at UNC.

Seth Willoughby hit his frist home run of the season at UNC.

Feb. 17, 2012

Box Score

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The Xavier baseball team fell to the No. 4 Tar Heels of North Carolina 10-2 in the first game of Friday's season-opening double-header. With the loss, XU fell to 0-1 on the season while UNC's record stands at 1-0.

Redshirt sophomore starting pitcher Vinny Nittoli (0-1) was pegged with the loss. He went four innings and gave up eight hits and six earned runs. Freshman Alex Westrick pitched two innings in his first appearance as a Musketeer. Natahn Mutsch and Jordan Deeds each pitched one inning for XU.

Right fielder Mitch Elliot led the Musketeers offensively as he went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored a run. Daniel Rod and Seth Dawes each went 2-for-4 at the plate and junior Seth Willoughby posted his first home run of the season.

Kent Emmanuel (1-0) earned his first win of the season for UNC in six innings.

The Musketeers fell behind 4-0 in the bottom of the first inning when Tar Heel catcher Jacob Stallings brought home two runs with a bases-loaded single. Designated hitter Tom Zengel added two more for UNC with a two-RBI double.

UNC added two more in the bottom the eighth to extend the lead to 6-0.

The Musketeers got on the board in the top of the third when sophomore first baseman Brian Bruening belted a two-out RBI double to right center field that brought home Elliott.

Willoughby added a run with a solo homer down the left field line in the top of the sixth to make it a 6-2 ballgame in favor of UNC.