Instead, with the two teams splitting Friday's doubleheader and persistent rain washing out Saturday's rubber game, UNC coach Mike Fox was left somewhat perplexed.
The Tar Heels gave him reason to be pleased with a 8-7, 11-inning win in the first game of the twinbill, but his club then responded with a 10-2 clunker.
"I don't know how I'm supposed to feel when I drive home tonight," Fox said.
Josh Karp, whom experts say might be the first pitcher taken in next June's draft, started game one for the Bruins and entered the contest with a 1.44 ERA and a .170 opponent batting average.
But UNC (11-3) jumped on Karp for a run in the first when Ryan Blake doubled home Sean Farrell, who had walked with two outs.
UCLA responded with two runs -- one unearned -- in the third inning off of Tar Heel starter Daniel Moore, but UNC tied it up in the bottom half on a Russ Adams single, a stolen base and two straight fielding errors by shortstop Preston Griffin.
The Bruins used two Tar Heel errors to tack on a run in the fourth, and Matt Pearl homered to open the fifth.
A single and a hit batter then chased Moore from the game, and Casey Grzecka walked off of Kevin Brower, scoring another run and giving UCLA a three-run lead.
But UNC responded in the bottom of the fifth. After Adam Greenberg led off with a single, Adams reached on another fielding error and Sean Farrell singled, loading the bases.