North Carolina scored six runs in the ninth, but Ty Middlebrooks made a juggling catch at the wall for the final out as the Davidson Wildcats escaped with a 12-11 nonconference college baseball victory Tuesday, their first against the Tar Heels since 1987.
Davidson (10-5) scored in three of the first four innings and built a 10-0 lead. Alec Acosta had a three-run double in the third and David Daniels homered in the fourth, had three hits and drove in four runs for the Wildcats.
Zack Gahagan drove in four runs for the Tar Heels (12-8), who also got home runs from Alex Raburn and Logan Warmoth.
In the ninth, Raburn smacked a three-run homer to make it 12-8. After Cody White got two outs, Korey Dunbar doubled and Brian Miller drove him in. Tyler Ramirez walked on four pitches and Adam Pate reached on a bunt single before Gahagan's two-run single pulled UNC within one.
That brought Warmoth up for the second time in the inning. He drove a 1-2 pitch to the wall in left, but Middlebrooks, who lost control of the catch while crashing into the wall, juggled the ball and came up with the grab.
Charlotte 17, Maryland-Eastern Shore 5: T.J. Nichting, Brad Elwood and Logan Sherer each drove in two first-inning runs, Sherer’s coming on a homer, and the host 49ers (5-9) romped against the Hawks (5-11) to end a seven-game losing streak. Nichting and Brett Netzer each collected three hits and combined for six RBIs for Charlotte.
Winthrop 7, No. 6 South Carolina 5 (11): Babe Thomas’ one-out, two-run single in the 11th inning put the Eagles (14-5) ahead and Roger Gonzalez added a two-out, two-run single to deal the host Gamecocks (17-4) their first loss in 11 games. South Carolina got two runs in its half of the 11th on singles by Alex Destino and pinch-hitter Collin Steagall, but with runners on first and third, Joey Strain got Marcus Mooney to pop out to shortstop Kyle Edwards to end the threat.
UNC Greensboro 7, N.C. State 3: Eric Kalbfleisch homered and drove in three runs and four pitchers held the Wolfpack (10-8) to seven hits as the host Spartans (7-10) claimed the victory. Preston Palmeiro homered in the ninth for N.C. State and finished with three RBIs.
Coastal Carolina 9, Clemson 5: The Chanticleers (14-6) hit three home runs, including a grand slam by David Parrett, and Bobby Holmes allowed only two hits over the final 41/3 innings for his first save to beat the visiting Tigers (9-10) in front of a record crowd of 2,825 at Springs Brooks Stadium.
Wake Forest 6, Connecticut 2: Nate Mondou and Will Craig hit home runs early and Keegan Maronpot stroked a go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth as the host Deacons (14-8) knocked off the Huskies (10-7).
East Carolina 11, Princeton 2: Travis Watkins drove in a game-high three runs and Jimmy Boyd (2-3) held the Tigers (1-10) to six hits and two runs in a season-high seven innings as the host Pirates (14-6) won their fifth in a row ninth in 10 games.
Maryland 15, Elon 5: Chris King hit a solo homer and James Venuto a two-run shot during the second inning to help the host Phoenix (8-10) build a 5-1 lead, but the Terps (13-4) scored six times in the eighth to rally for the victory.
UNC Asheville 11, Appalachian State 5: Hunter Bryant homered and drove in three runs and the host Bulldogs (10-10) jumped to a 10-3 lead after five innings and held on to beat the Mountaineers. Grayson Atwood had a home run and two RBIs for Appalachian State (5-15).
Wofford 13, Coppin State 4: James Plaisted smacked a two-run homer and Matt Pelt a solo shot during the first inning to start the host Terriers (17-5) on their way to a victory over the Eagles.
High Point 8, N.C. A&T 3: Brady Williamson and Carson Jackson each had three hits against the Aggies (2-13) as the host Panthers (8-10) won for the sixth time in eight games. High Point relievers struck out 12 batters in 61/3 innings.
Catawba 16, Barton 5: Chance Bowden smacked two home runs and drove in five runs for the Indians (20-4), who built an 11-0 lead after 21/2 innings at Barton (11-13).
Lenoir-Rhyne 14, Limestone 4: Colby Dishmond had a grand slam and Adam Venditti a solo shot during the first inning to help propel the host Bears (15-11) past the Saints (5-20). Lenoir-Rhyne finished with four homers.
Belmont Abbey 14, Brevard 6: Colin Rosenbaum smacked a second-inning grand to help the Crusaders jump to a 7-0 lead after three innings at Brevard (12-14). Belmont Abbey (14-9) has won three consecutive games.
Coker 9, Claflin 6: Alex Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Joe Diaz added two doubles and two RBIs for the host Cobras, who scored six times in the eighth inning to top Claflin.