If you like home runs and high scoring baseball, the Diamond Heels’ series against Georgia Tech was for you.
Unless, you’re a North Carolina fan. In that case, there might’ve been too many home runs for your liking.
The Tar Heels lost this weekend’s series to the Yellow Jackets 2-1, scoring at least eight runs in each game with a total of eight homers. Hitting wasn’t their problem — it was the pitching.
UNC gave up 28 total earned runs and 10 homers to the opponent and made numerous mistakes from the mound.
These pitching woes are not an anomaly. The Tar Heels gave up 15 runs for the second time this month in the first game of the Georgia Tech series. The first time was just a couple weeks ago in a 15-2 loss against South Carolina.
Like that game and others that followed, UNC used a significant portion of its bullpen in the series against the Yellow Jackets, looking for someone to come in and be a difference maker.
That hasn’t been a recipe for success, however, as UNC is 9-13 overall and 3-10 in the ACC when rolling out five or more pitchers.
In games like this past weekend where head coach Scott Forbes made a call to the bullpen in almost every inning, the need for “one guy” is urgent.
“I think if we have had one guy come in, wrap through OK, but just was that good — even if it was three innings, I think we win the game,” Forbes said, referring to the game one loss.