DURHAM — The North Carolina baseball team had the look of a squad ready to burst off the schneid Saturday.
After dropping four straight games, including Friday's series opener to Duke, 3-2, the Tar Heels (15-11, 5-6 ACC) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first, which soon ballooned to a 6-1 lead in the top of the third.
From there, though, the game took a drastic change of course. Right-handed starter Benton Moss lost his handle on the strike zone, the Duke offense came roaring back, and — in a 12-inning, five hour and eight minute affair — the Blue Devils (16-12, 6-5 ACC) won 9-8, clinching the series.
"We had the game right where we wanted it after yesterday," said coach Mike Fox. "If we can find a way to lose, we seem to be finding it right now. It's just disappointing with a 6-1 lead."
RBI singles from freshman Wood Myers and sophomore Skye Bolt in the first put UNC in business early, and the Tar Heels tacked on three runs in the third on three bases-loaded walks, but Duke was able to chip away at UNC's lead, knocking out Moss and tying the score with two runs in the fifth inning.