In the first game of the weekend’s ACC coastal match-up against Georgia Tech (22-13, 8-8), the North Carolina baseball team (21-13, 7-9) could not overcome pitching woes in a 15-12 loss.
Things did not go in UNC's favor early in the first inning. After first-year pitcher Max Carlson walked the first batter of the game, Georgia Tech’s Kevin Parada smashed a homer to right field, giving the Yellow Jackets an immediate 2-0 lead.
After a double to left field sent two more Yellow Jackets to second and third, Georgia Tech took advantage of a dropped pitch by sophomore catcher Tomas Frick and scored its third run of the inning. Carlson was able to halt the attack with a strikeout following the error.
Down 3-0, sophomore third baseman Mac Horvath delivered the first strike in the Tar Heels’ response with a single to center field. Junior shortstop Danny Serretti followed with a single of his own — barely getting the ball out of reach of the outfielder to send Horvath to third.
Horvath scored the first run for UNC from a single to left field by sophomore first baseman Alberto Osuna.
Two at-bats later, the Tar Heels took their first lead of the game with a three-run homer hit by senior second baseman Mikey Madej.
Despite the flip of momentum, Georgia Tech continued to find success at the plate in the second inning. With two outs and runners on first and second, Georgia Tech’s Andrew Jenkins tripled to right field — sending both runners home to regain a 5-4 lead.
A call to the bullpen was made shortly after to send junior pitcher Kyle Mott to the mound for Carlson. Mott ended the inning with a strikeout.