Ollio was in turn pulled for redshirt senior Hansen Butler, who gave up a three-run shot to right field to the first batter he faced. A pair of singles and a fielding error by second baseman Ashton McGee meant another three runs with Butler on the mound. Butler was replaced by first-year Will Sandy, who came on with two outs facing an 11-0 deficit.
Before the third out was delivered, bringing the hour-long half-inning to an end, the Tigers found two more runs with a single from Matt Scheffler. By the time an Auburn baserunner was tagged for the third out, the Tar Heels had dug themselves a 13-0 hole.
In the fourth inning, McGee cut into Auburn’s lead with a three-run shot to right field, but it proved not to be enough for a full-fledged comeback.
After another RBI single from Auburn, UNC managed four more runs – a pair of homers from Aaron Sabato and an RBI groundout from Jackson Hesterlee – but it was too little, too late. UNC’s season came to an end with a 14-7 drubbing.
Who stood out?
After delivering the third out of the first inning, Sandy remained on the mound for the Tar Heels until the seventh. He finished with seven hits, but no earned runs in 5.2 innings.
McGee finished with three RBIs on 2-3 at the plate, while Sabato's two home runs earned him three RBIs as well.
When was it decided?
The early explosion from Auburn ensured one of two possibilities: a historic comeback from North Carolina, or an embarrassing Game 3 loss. On Monday, it was the latter.
Though McGee’s home run in the fourth put some wind back in the sails of Tar Heel fans, the sizable Auburn lead proved too much to overcome.
Why does it matter?
After UNC's Sunday shutout win forced a decisive Game 3, Monday's loss eliminated the Tar Heels from postseason play, denying them a second straight bid to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
UNC’s inability to come up with a final out in the first inning proved critical. Nine of Auburn’s runs to start the game came with two outs.
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