CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Matt Henrie gave up just one run in 8-1/3 innings of work as top-ranked Clemson held on to beat North Carolina 4-2 on Saturday.
The Tigers (30-3, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored all of their runs in the sixth, the first coming when Jarrod Schmidt drew a bases-loaded walk from Tar Heel pitcher Garry Bakker to tie the game 1-1. David Sleven then hit an RBI-single, and Clemson added two more runs on a wild pitch and another bases-loaded walk.
Chris Maples got the Tar Heels (24-13, 9-5) on the board first in the opening inning with an RBI-double.
In the ninth, the Tar Heels loaded the bases and Russ Adams drew a walk to score a run and narrow the lead. But Clemson third baseman Jeff Baker grabbed a potential double down the line from Sean Farrell and turned a double play to end the game.
Henrie (7-1) earned the win, while Jeff Hourigan got the final two outs to record his second save.
Bakker (4-2) took the loss in 5-2/3 innings of work.
The final game of the three-game series is set for Sunday.