UNC baseball came within inches of at least keeping its season alive for one more inning.
Instead, the Tar Heels, the No. 2 national seed making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2014, are done for the season after losing to Davidson 2-1 Sunday night at Boshamer Stadium.
Trailing by one run, UNC (49-14) nearly pulled even on a single to right field by Zack Gahagan, as Brandon Riley attempted to score from second base.
Davidson right fielder Will Robertson’s throw arrived nearly simultaneously with Riley at the plate, who evaded the initial tag by Jake Sidwell, but also overslid home plate. He was tagged out, keeping the score at 2-1.
One at-bat later, UNC’s Michael Busch grounded out to first to end the game, though many UNC players and coaches appeared to contest that Davidson pitcher Durin O’Linger, who covered first on the play, did not have his foot on the bag.