"No timely hitting," said Sheppard, who took over at the helm for his ailing father, Mike, who stayed in New Jersey for the weekend series.
Sheppard's crew had just suffered a 3-0 loss at the hands of North Carolina -- its second in as many days. The Pirates stranded seven batters Saturday, five of which were in scoring position.
The Pirates didn't suffer the same problem Sunday, but the result was the same: North Carolina snagged a 8-7 victory to sweep the series.
The Pirates jumped out to an early
3-0 lead on a two-run homer from Kevin Leighton, scoring his twin brother Brian.
The Pirates' early lead was exactly what the Tar Heels didn't want.
"On a day like (Sunday), when you don't know if you're going to get the entire game in or not, you don't want to get behind early," said UNC coach Mike Fox, referring to the rainy weather. "I asked them to play with a sense of urgency after we got behind in case the rain shortened the game."
Fox's request was answered in the second inning, and continued in the third as the Tar Heels pounded Seton Hall's Shawn Tarkington.
Chad Prosser hit a RBI single to center to cap a four-run inning for UNC, which chased Tarkington.