DURHAM — After an unexpected loss that eliminated the North Carolina baseball team from contention in the ACC Championship, many questions linger about the team moving forward.
Against Pittsburgh, the lowest seed in this week's ACC Championship, the top seeded Tar Heels disappointed in a 5-4 loss. Coughing up the lead in the seventh inning was the last thing the team wanted to see at this point in the season.
“You’ve got to give them credit” head coach Mike Fox said. “They stepped up there and got a base hit after a couple walks, and we didn’t.”
Headed into postseason play, North Carolina had risen all the way to the top five in the country. But the team didn't look like itself on Wednesday night, only recording five hits, committing two errors and leaving nine runners on base.
After leading through the first six innings, UNC pitcher Brett Daniels gave up the lead on a double and fielder's choice, bringing in two runners he inherited from Josh Hiatt earlier that inning. Hiatt had held things together for much of his relief outing, keeping bases loaded opportunities from turning into more runs. But eventually the team broke through, and UNC never quite recovered after that.