But some heroic individual efforts led UNC to a victory in game one and have proven to be a key to the Tar Heels' early success this year.
Sophomore Russ Adams has delivered in the clutch all season for UNC (11-3), driving in three game-winning runs in North Carolina's final at bat.
And Adams, who went 3-for-10 with three runs scored on the day, came through again in the bottom of the 11th inning of game one.
The 6-foot-1 second baseman belted a 2-2 changeup over the right-center-field wall to give UNC an 8-7 victory.
"We made a bad pitch to Adams, but I give him credit. I mean he punished it," UCLA coach Gary Adams said. "Good hitters hit bad pitches."
Friday's walk-off homer was Russ Adams' third game-winning RBI of the season, and entering the contest he boasted a .306 batting average, including six extra-base hits.
Adams hit a ninth-inning, bases-clearing triple to push the Tar Heels past James Madison on Feb. 11. His RBI single against Minnesota gave UNC a 7-6 win on Feb. 18.
Adams might have ended the game Friday, but sophomore Ryan Blake set it up with his own blast in the 5th.
Facing Bruin ace Josh Karp (2-0, 1.44 ERA), a preseason second-team All-America, Blake launched a grand slam down the left-field line, giving UNC a