Jun 21, 2013; Omaha, NE, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels pitcher Chris Munnelly (37) and second baseman Mike Zolk (3) sit in the dugout after losing to the UCLA Bruins during the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. UCLA won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Tar Heels fall to Long Beach State 6-1

The North Carolina Tar Heels (34-26) pitched well and defended well on Friday afternoon, except for one fateful inning. The Long Beach State Dirtbags (33-24) scored six runs in the fourth inning to go ahead 6-0, and that would prove to be all the runs they needed. The final score was 6-1 and the Heels now slide down to the losers bracket in the Gainesville regional.

Trent Thornton (7-4) was on his game as usual early, holding LBSU scoreless through three innings. But some unfortunate bounces for the Heels and timely hits for the Dirtbags knocked Thornton out of the game in the fourth.

LBSU went up 1-0 after an infield single, a wild pitch, and a single by the Dirtbag’s Prigatono. The unfortunate luck continued for the Heels after a stolen base and a walk put runners on the corners, and after an Eric Hutting single, UNC was down four to nothing. Trevor Kelly came in to relieve Thornton, but the damage had already been done. LBSU scratched two more runs across before Kelley managed to get the third and final out of that inning. 

 Landon Lassiter managed an RBI single in the ninth to put Carolina on the board, but the rally ended soon after. The final score was 6-1, advantage Long Beach State.

As the tweet said, UNC will face the loser of tonight’s Gainesville regional game at 1 tomorrow afternoon. The Tar Heels were forced to dig deep into the bullpen today after Thornton was pulled, something you don’t want to do on the first day of a tournament.

The NCAA Tournament regionals are a double elimination format. UNC already has one loss, so another would send the Heels back to Chapel Hill. The Heels will now be playing for their lives for the rest of the weekend.

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