After a long rain delay, North Carolina and Long Beach State resumed play on Monday afternoon. The Heels were down 5-4 in the 7th inning, but hopes were still high that the Heels could muster together two runs and come away with a victory against the Dirtbags. But the wheels fell off in the top of the ninth and UNC’s season ended in a 12-5 defeat.
Unlike after the rain delay in the Florida game, UNC did not start off well against LBSU. The Heels surrendered two runs in the top of the seventh due to a single by Michael Hill. Carolina had its chance to try and make a rally when Alex Raburn scored on a Tyler Ramirez double, but the inning stalled after that and the score remained 7-5. In the eighth inning, a potential Skye Bolt hit was stolen by a nice catch by outfielder Richard Prigatono and another rally was stalled.
The offensive outburst for Long Beach State occurred in the top of the ninth. The Heels were still in the game when a couple of hits and fielding mistakes led to an outburst of five runs for the Dirtbags. UNC couldn’t rally from that big a deficit in the bottom of the ninth and surrendered their season in the 12-5 loss.
Overall, it was a disappointing season for the Tar Heels. This team had high expectations following last season’s College World Series berth, expectations that were probably unfair to this year’s squad. The Heels underperformed and struggled this season, not making it to the Super Regional for the second time since 2005. But they will be back next season with a strong recruiting class and will be in contention for an ACC title and College World Series berth.