In the series closer against Georgia Tech on Easter Sunday, the North Carolina baseball team (22-14, 8-10) could not hold off the Yellow Jackets’ (23-14, 9-9) offense in a 11-8 loss.
After a scoreless first inning from both teams, Georgia Tech got things going in the second as a result of some early UNC pitching issues. Sophomore pitcher Connor Bovair walked four of the last five batters between the first two innings, creating bases loaded and prompting an early call to the bullpen for junior pitcher Kyle Mott.
With two outs, Georgia Tech’s Kevin Parada smashed a grand slam over the scoreboard — giving the Yellow Jackets an early 4-0 lead.
The Tar Heels also achieved loaded bases in their response, yet they were unable to capitalize and came away with zero runs going into the third inning.
Georgia Tech started the third with a solo home run to center field to extend its lead to five. The next three batters found no success, however, and quickly gave the Tar Heels another chance to eat away the deficit.
And they did just that in the bottom of the third. Sophomore infielder Mac Horvath found himself safe at first after Georgia Tech’s first baseman dropped the throw from the shortstop. Junior infielder Danny Serretti followed with a triple to send Horvath home, and Serretti slid in for the second run after another throwing error by the Yellow Jacket defense.
UNC was down 5-2 through the fourth inning, and found some more life in the bottom of the fifth. Taking advantage of pitching issues from Georgia Tech, the Tar Heels once again had loaded bases after sophomore infielder Johnny Castagnozzi reached on a fielder's choice, and the other batters were walked and hit by a pitch.
A single by first-year infielder Hunter Stokely sent senior outfielder Mikey Madej and Castagnozzi home, bringing UNC within one run going into the sixth.