Not even a comebacker off his right arm could slow down North Carolina righty Alex White. Coaches and trainers emerged from the dugout after a chopper appeared to hit White near his right hand in the third, but he remained in the game and maintained his 93 mph fastball velocity. Through four shutout innings, he has allowed just two hits while striking out six, and most importantly for White, he hasn’t issued any walks. As the game has progressed, White has turned more and more to a devastating mid-80s split-finger that drops off the table. White just started throwing the pitch this year, and it has become a major weapon for him against lefthanded hitters.
The Tar Heels extended their lead to 4-0 with a pair of homers in the fourth. Kyle Seager hit a two-run screamer to right field, and Tim Federowicz followed with a solo shot to left one batter later.
It’s cooled down significantly here in the last 15 minutes, and heavy clouds have rolled over the ballpark. A tornado warning has been issued for Wake County, and it appears rain is only minutes away. I just saw a bolt of lightning over the left-field wall, and I heard thunder rumbling a minute later.
With UNC in control, I’m heading back to Raleigh for the 7 p.m. start of the N.C. State-South Carolina game. Let’s hope the impending storm doesn’t affect that part of Wake County. To update an earlier item, James Madison held on for a 13-12 win over Charlotte. Wow.
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