UNC rallies for 12-11 win over Florida Atlantic in 13 innings, advances to supers
Posted June 3, 2013
Updated June 4, 2013
Chapel Hill, N.C. — Final in 13: Florida Atlantic pushed North Carolina to extras after six runs in the ninth inning Monday, then scored three in the 12th, but the top-seeded Tar Heels rallied for three in the bottom of the 12th and one in the 13th to advance and host South Carolina in the super regional round of the NCAA Tournament.
End 12: UNC responded to FAU's three runs in the top of the 12th with three of their own in the 12th. The game in Chapel Hill now moves on to the 13th inning.
UNC got two runs on bases loaded walks before Mike Zolk got a two-out RBI single. On the play, Cody Stubbs was thrown out at home trying to win the game.
Mid 12: Florida Atlantic got a 3-run blast off the bat of Levi Meyer and the Owls regained an 11-8 lead in the middle of the 11th inning.
End 11: After three consecutive 1-2-3 half innings, the Tar Heels put two on in the 11th, but stranded both and the game moves to the 12 in Chapel Hill.
End 9: UNC responded to a FAU six-run ninth with a two-run ninth of their own to tie the game and we get bonus baseball in Chapel Hill tied at 8.
Mid 9: Florida Atlantic scored six runs in the 9th inning and now leads UNC 8-6. Emanuel was charged with five runs but the big blow was a grand slam off the bat of Tyler Rocklein with two outs in the ninth off of Benton Moss.
Mid 8: UNC turned to starter Kent Emanuel out of the bullpen with two runners on and no outs in the Florida Atlantic eighth inning. He recorded three straight outs, stranded both Owls and the Tar Heels continue to lead 6-2.
End 7: North Carolina got a 2-out RBI single from Chaz Frank that scored Mike Zolk, but a baserunning error ended further damage and UNC takes a 6-2 lead into the eighth inning.
UNC's consecutive inning streak with at least one man left on base was continued and now stands at 17.
Mid 7: Trent Thornton has come on in relief of Chris Munnelly and tossed four innings of scoreless ball to keep the Tar Heels up 5-2 on FAU.
Meanwhile, UNC has stretched their consecutive-inning streak of leaving a man on to 16 innings. To this point of the weekend, the Heels have stranded 40, including 26 in scoring position.
End 5: The bottom of the order produced a run for the second time around and UNC has stretched their lead to 5-2 as the game moves to the sixth.
In the process, UNC stranded two more runners in scoring position bringing their total to 25 on the weekend and stretching their consecutive innings streak with a man left on to 15.
End 4: UNC again stranded a runner at third base in their half of the fourth as they take a 4-2 lead into the 5th.
Tyler Thornton, who is making his third appearance of the weekend, is on for starter Chris Munnelly. Thornton threw a career-high 6.2 inning last weekend in the 18-inning game against NC State.
End 3: Florida Atlantic pitcher Jeremy Strawn was cruising, having retired six in a row, but UNC mounted a two-out rally and scored two runs on two hits, lifting the Heels to a 4-2 advantage.
Skye Bolt, batting seventh in the order tonight, delivered an RBI single to score Cody Stubbs. That was followed by a wild pitch that brought home Michael Russell.
Still, UNC stranded a runner for the 13th consecutive inning dating back to the 8th inning on Saturday.
End 2: UNC loaded the bases with no outs but only managed one run after a fly out by Chaz Frank scored Michael Russell. Frank was credited with an RBI on the play, so too was an error on the fielder allowing Skye Bolt to advance to third.
UNC has again got in the habit of stranding runners as they have left three on in two innings.
Mid 2: Florida Atlantic jumped out in front of UNC in the top of the second on a two-run home run by Corey Keller. For Keller, it was his fourth home run of the regional.
Brendon Sanger came around to score on the blast after drawing a walk.
End 1: UNC plated a run on an RBI double by Colin Moran to get the scoring started and the Tar Heels again have an early lead on the Owls.
Top 1: Things are under way at Boshamer Stadium just two hours behind schedule as the rain storms have come and passed through Chapel Hill. Chris Munnelly toes the rubber first as the Tar Heels play as the home team.
Update 7:28 pm: The tarp is coming off the field. After pregame processions and field prep, start time has been announced for 8:05 pm.
Update 5:55 pm: According to WRAL-TVs Ken Medlin, who is at Boshamer Stadium covering the game tonight, game reps are "backing off the 7:30 start time - this could be a long night in Chapel Hill."
Pregame: The start of tonight's winner-take-all game between UNC and Florida Atlantic has been delayed until 7:30 due to inclement weather in the Chapel Hill area.
The No. 1 overall seed University of North Carolina Tar Heels (54-9, 21-7) find themselves in an unexpected position, playing for their postseason lives Monday against Florida Atlantic University (42-21, 19-10) in the 2013 NCAA Baseball Chapel Hill Regional. The winner will advance to the Super Regional round to play University of South Carolina next weekend.
Florida Atlantic upset the Tar Heels, 3-2, Sunday night after a three-run home run in the seventh inning. UNC’s starting pitcher Hobbs Johnson recorded six no-hit innings. Relief pitcher Trevor Kelley gave up the game-winning hit to FAU’s Ricky Santiago. Sunday night’s loss snapped UNC’s seven-game winning streak.
The Tar Heels will start Senior Chris Munnelly in the sudden-death rematch against the Owls. Munnelly went 5-0 with an ERA of 2.35 in 18 appearances this season. The right hander pitched 53.1 innings with an impressive opponent batting average of .153 and 58 strikeouts in 2013.
The action will start at 6 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium. The game will be aired on ESPN3 and WCHL 1360.