In a tight afternoon battle, the No. 13 North Carolina baseball team (24-12, 9-7 ACC) lost to the Miami Hurricanes (22-13, 10-8), 4-3, Saturday at Boshamer Stadium.
Leadoff Casey Cook continued his trend of getting on base and junior Jackson Van De Brake followed in his footsteps and singled to left field. Hunter Stokely stepped up to bat–to a smattering of applause from The Bosh–and proceeded to strikeout, ending the frame with two men stranded.
Tomas Frick began the second innings strong for the Diamond Heels as he doubled to center field. First-year Austin Hawke and junior Johnny Castongozzi grounded out, moving Frick from second to home as the Tar Heels notched their first run of the game.
The Hurricanes responded as Lorenzo Carrier homered to center field. Miami scored twice more in the frame as Dominic Pitelli singled, batting in Yohandy Morales and CJ Kayfus, giving Miami their first lead of the game.
Both teams were unproductive through the fourth inning, and the Hurricanes found success in the fifth as Zach Levenson homered to left field, increasing the Miami lead to three.
The Tar Heels on the other hand struggled at the plate through the third, fourth and fifth frames, going nine up, nine down.
The Diamond Heel defense shone in the top of the sixth as right fielder Mac Horvath fielded a ball and heaved it to catcher Tomas Frick for an out at home. Frick then turned and slung the ball to shortstop Colby Wilkerson at second for another out, ridding the Heels of the one-out, men-on-base situation they had found themselves in.
In their first show of offensive firepower Cook singled to left, Van De Brake singled and Vance Honeycutt walked, loading the bases. Frick stepped up to bat with two outs and bases loaded and smacked a single into center field, scoring Cook and Van De Brake. Honeycutt attempted to use his wheels to tie up the game but was caught out at home, ending the inning.