Coastal Carolina sophomore Austin Kerr took a no hitter and 1-0 lead one out into the sixth inning before top-ranked UNC broke through.
Chaz Frank drove in a run on a triple in the sixth to break up the no-hitter and Colin Moran hit a sacrifice fly in the frame to give the Tar Heels the lead.
North Carolina added insurance runs in the seventh en route to ending a nine-game winning streak by Coastal (24-13).
Jacob May had Coastal’s lone run on a homer in the fourth.
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Aynor takes on second-place Waccamaw on Thursday with a chance to clinch the region.
Records – Aynor 14-4 (7-1 Region VIII-AA), Dillon 6-3 Region VIII-AA.
Records – Myrtle Beach 6-3 Region VII-AAA, Georgetown 9-13 (2-6 Region VII-AAA).
“He’s played well for us,” Warriors coach Jeff Gregory said of Sparaco. “Tonight he just waited back on the ball – it was a small ballpark – and he was able to lift it out of there. He’s a strong kid.”
The Sharks’ senior pitcher tossed a no-hitter – like his brother, Colby did in 2009 – to lead St. James to a win.
Kasey Crooks struck out six but allowed one run via walks and a sacrifice fly.
“He hasn’t had very many walks, that’s the thing,” Sharks coach Robbie Centracchio said. “He’s had three straight outings without walks. He actually only walked three batters; otherwise he could have ended up with a perfect game.”
Wilson tried several bunts to break up the no-no, but to no avail.
“He had a lot of good defensive plays behind him. He just kept his pitch count down and went right after them,” Centracchio said of Crooks. “I think at one point in time he had three straight innings of six pitches. He had his fastball, curveball and changeup working well tonight.”
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Records – Waccamaw 21-3 (8-1 Region VIII-AA), Mullins 0-9 Region VIII-AA.
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