North Carolina

No. 2 Tar Heels fall in extras to No. 7 Virginia

Posted May 18, 2013

Colin Moran tied the UNC single-season record for RBIs with 83 but the second-ranked Tar Heels fell to No. 7 Virginia in 11 innings, 8-7, Saturday afternoon at a sold out Boshamer Stadium. After falling behind 8-4 in the top of the 11th, Carolina rallied for three runs in the bottom half before a leaping catch by Virginia's Mike Papi led to a double play that ended the game.

Virginia (45-9, 22-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) struck for three runs in the top of the eighth to break a 1-1 deadlock. The Tar Heels struck for two runs in the eighth inning before Moran tied the contest at 4-4 with a RBI single to right center field that forced the game into extra innings.

Both teams went in order in the 10th inning before Virginia took advantage of a Tar Heel miscue to score four runs in the top of the 11th inning.

Carolina would not go quietly as the Mike Zolk and Parks Jordan opened the bottom of the 11th with back-to-back singles as the lineup rolled over for the Tar Heels. Chaz Frank was able to beat out a double play ball to put runners on the corners for Landon Lassiter.

Lassiter hit a ground ball to the third baseman that was mishandled and then thrown of the target at first as UNC pulled within three at 8-5.

Moran then delivered his fourht hit of the afternoon and third RBI to tie the UNC record when he split the outfielders in right center to score Frank and keep runners on the corners. Skye Bolt stepped in as the game-winning run and sent a deep fly ball to left field that was caught at the wall by left fielder Mike Papi.

Lassiter tagged from third base and trotted home but pinch runner Michael Massardo was off on contact and was doubled up at first base for the game's final out.

The series loss was the second straigth for the Tar Heels, who had not suffered back-to-back series losses since 2011.

Carolina starter Hobbs Johnson surrendered a run in the first inning before settling in for the Tar Heels. After getting a ground out for the final out of the first, Johnson mowed down the Cavalier lineup.

Johnson posted six straight 1-2-3 innings after the shaky first as he retired 19 consecutive batters to keep the Tar Heels in the contest.

A leadoff triple for Moran and a RBI groundout by Skye Bolt tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth before Virginia pushed across three runs in the eighth against Johnson and reliever Trent Thornton.

Five different Tar Heels were responsible for 13 hits with Moran leading the way as he matched a season high with four hits. Landon Lassiter chipped three hits, while Chaz Frank, Mike Zolk and Parks Jordan all finished with two hits apiece.

The Tar Heels will look to bounce back Monday night when Florida State visits Boshamer Stadium for a non-conference contest set for 6 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

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  • StunGunn May 19, 2013

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    Sounds like a good assessment, Smitty. It looked like this was another game they could have/should have won, but that doesn't cut it, and their end-of-season record is concerning, not for the record, but for the trend. I hope they refocus for the ACCT and NCAAT because this team is too good to lose games they should win. The ACC has too many good teams that will capitalize on mistakes.

  • kornfan2448 May 19, 2013

    Frustrating loss, but doesn't change the fact they've won the conference and will be a top seed in the tournament. Have to look forward to FSU and then get ready for the ACC tourney.

    GO HEELS!

  • Toddler10-21 May 19, 2013

    What would rather have the winningest program since 06 or a NAT title? Hater. LOL!! You havent won anything for me to hate on, but your conference this year! We should have won. Sounds like a excuse to me. We beat our selves! LOL! Oregon State says thanks for beating yourselves in the CWS!! Winningest team since 06, you have got to be a braves fan!! We should have did this, we shouldnt have done that!! LOL!!

  • Spirit of Evilash May 19, 2013

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    Crybaby, we lost because of our own mistakes. UVA beat us in the 1st game, yesterday we beat ourselves. BTW, the winningest baseball program in the NCAA since 2006, and this years ACC regulat season champs, sez you can choke on that hater.

  • Spirit of Evilash May 19, 2013

    There with some of my "Rowdy" Tar Heel "Friends" and this was a frustrating game. We should have won it in the 7th or 8th. Just no excuse for not getting runners in when you have a chance. Just way too many mistakes. Tar Heels are not being aggressive at the plate and UVA took advantage. 1st pitch strikes are killing us as well as simple miscues in the field as the article eludes to. The one miscue they mention was the pitcher and 3rd baseman not being sure who was going to field a bunt. UNC has got to stop trying not to lose and start trying to win (spoken by another fan in the stands)

  • StunGunn May 19, 2013

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    Thanks, jacamoe. FSU will be a tough one. Congrats to your guys sweeping Duke.

  • jacamoe May 19, 2013

    Congrats on the regular season heels. Jgunn I believe the FSU game has been set.

  • heelsforever May 18, 2013

    Pretty dang ridiculous when someone goes on about a team choking this time of year when the team they support hasn't had a chance to choke in decades (45 years to be exact).

  • Toddler10-21 May 18, 2013

    UVA has a good team. Maybe the best in the ACC.

  • StunGunn May 18, 2013

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    Ha ha - I won't lie - this one hurts. And yes, this was a home game for the Heels. Not a good way to end the season, and they still have to play FSU for one game, I think. That Mike Papi is a heck of a player for UVA. Great effort, just not the result we all wanted.

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