Three years ago, Seton Hall’s Sean Black was considered the No. 5 freshman in the country, ranked just three spots behind North Carolina’s Alex White. But when the two righthanders met on Friday night, it was apparent that the gap between the two has grown over the past three years. White ranks No. 3 on our preseason Top 100 college draft prospects, while Black ranks No. 54.
While White showed a dominating fastball, Black was forced to rely primarily on his offspeed stuff, as his fastball wasn’t enough to overpower the Tar Heel hitters. White worked 6 1/3 innings as the Tar Heels beat Seton Hall 5-1 in the opener of their three-game weekend series.
White and Black were forced to pitch in ugly conditions as a steady rain fell throughout the game, but the drizzle seemed to affect Black much more than White. White sat at 91-93 mph, touching 94 mph on the Baseball America Stalker Sport. He also relied heavily on his slider, as he struck out five, allowed four hits and one walk and one run in 6 1/3 innings.
Black sat at 86-88 mph, although he relied more on a deceptive slow curve and a changeup with some late fade. Black struggled with his command at times, walking five and throwing only 56 strikes in 106 pitches. He also struggled to finish off Tar Heels hitters. The deep counts explains why Black lasted only 4 2/3 innings before turning the game over to the bullpen.
North Carolina also won the second game of the doubleheader 4-3 as Garrett Gore reached on an error and scored on Tarron Robinson’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth.
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