College Sports

Ackley's 3-run homer lifts North Carolina baseball over Georgia Tech

ATLANTA — A three-run home run by Dustin Ackley highlighted an eight-run second inning to help No. 5 North Carolina (24-7, 9-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) to a 13-10 win over No. 3 Georgia Tech (19-6, 9-4 ACC) at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Tar Heels handed the Yellow Jackets their first series loss of the season.

Ackley finished with three hits and four RBI, while Kyle Seager led the UNC offense with four hits on the day. Tony Plagman paced the Jackets with four hits, and Luke Murton added three hits while driving in two runs in the game.

Tech starter Kevin Jacob (4-2) lasted just 1 2-3 innings and yielded eight runs, six earned, on seven hits.

Brian Moran (3-1) was credited with the victory after working out of a jam in the fifth, having allowed two hits and no runs.

The Jackets stranded runners in seven of nine innings, including leaving the bases loaded in the first and sixth, and left a total of 13 men on base in the game.