After dropping the final game of its series against N.C. State, the No. 3 North Carolina baseball team fell to Liberty, 5-2, on Tuesday at Boshamer Stadium.
Neither team could get anything going to start the game. Pitchers for both teams posed quite the challenge and kept the game scoreless until the fourth inning. Liberty (21-14) left runners on base in scoring position in each of the first four innings, while UNC (29-8) stranded runners at third base in the second and third innings.
The ball finally got rolling in the bottom of the fourth. Senior Tyler Lynn stepped up to hit for the Tar Heels and launched one into right field for the first run of the game. His home run shifted the tone of the game.
Not to be outdone, Liberty sophomore D.J. Artis struck back with a homer of his own to right field in the top of the fifth to tie the game. UNC first-year Ashton McGee countered in the bottom of the fifth, again to right field, to put the Tar Heels back on top.
But North Carolina let the momentum slip away in the top of the eighth. With the bases loaded, Liberty’s Trey McDyre doubled to left center, clearing the bases and giving the Flames a 4-2 lead. Senior Jake Barbee then stepped up to bat and tripled to center field, plating McDyre and pushing the lead to three runs.