With UNC now dominant on the mound, it was simply a matter of scoring the go-ahead runs. It would take until the top of the eleventh inning to do so, helped along by a Freeman sacrifice fly and an RBI single from Ashton McGee to give the Tar Heels a 7-5 advantage.
Needing three outs to secure the win, UNC's Hansen Butler retired three straight Miami batters, sending the Tar Heels to the ACC semifinals.
Who stood out?
Starter Austin Bergner was pulled in the second inning after giving up four runs, and three other Tar Heels took the mound to limit the Hurricanes for much of the rest of the day. The combination of Austin Love, Joey Lancellotti and Butler combined to allow just four hits and one run to go along with nine strikeouts. Defensively, North Carolina was able to strand 10 Hurricane runners.
Juniors Busch and Freeman had two RBIs apiece, while Martorano, Serretti and McGee all had one. North Carolina was balanced at the plate; no Tar Heel posted multiple hits, but eight different players recorded one hit.
When was it decided?
Facing an early – and daunting – 5-0 deficit, the Tar Heels scored five straight of their own to tie the game, then two more in extra innings to secure the win.
Why does it matter?
With the win, the Tar Heels have advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament. It was the first time this season that North Carolina came back to win when trailing after the 7th inning, and it came at the most crucial point of the season thus far.
Two days prior, UNC snuck by Virginia 3-2 in 10 innings when first-year Caleb Roberts was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, sending home the winning run. That was the first extra inning ACC Tournament game for UNC since the 18-inning marathon against NC State in 2013. It took a second straight extra inning effort on Friday for the Tar Heels to advance.
When do they play next?
North Carolina will play Boston College at 1 p.m. on Saturday for a spot in the ACC Championship.
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