North Carolina eliminates Florida 5-2
Posted May 31
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Tyler Ramirez and Adam Pate hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the third inning after a rain delay of 3 hours, 19 minutes to spark North Carolina to a 5-2 victory that eliminated host and No. 2 national seed Florida on Saturday.
North Carolina scored all five of its runs in the third inning as Alex Raburn, Ramirez, Pate and Korey Dunbar all had run-scoring hits in the frame
Reilly Hovis worked four innings out of the bullpen to pick up his team-high ninth win of the season, while Spencer Trayner got the final six outs to shut the door on the host Gators' season.
The Gators (40-23) went 0-2 in a regional for the second year in a row and have lost their last six NCAA tournament games since the 2012 College World Series.
Before the rain delay, UNC's Michael Russell took a fastball from Bobby Poyner just above the left eye, sending medical staff and coaches running onto the field. The junior All-America shortstop was able to leave the field under his own power, but a large cut required stitches and Russell was replaced by Zach Daly.
Russell later tweeted a picture of his cut and stitches, commenting about a lightning bolt, referencing the movie "The Natural".
North Carolina (35-26) advanced to a game on Sunday against the loser of the late game between the College of Charleston and Long Beach State.
The Tar Heels broke open a scoreless tie after returning from the lengthy delay, greeting Florida reliever Kirby Snead with four consecutive hits.
Hovis (9-1) got the victory in relief after replacing starter Benton Moss after the delay.
Zack Powers and Casey Turgeon had RBI singles for the Gators.