North Carolina wins twice, forces winner-take-all game in Chapel Hill regional
North Carolina overcame enormous odds on Sunday, winning a pair of elimination games vs. Georgia and Virginia Commonwealth.
The result is now the Tar Heels will face VCU in a winner-take-all game on Monday night.
North Carolina’s afternoon got started with a 6-5 victory over UGA, which knocked the Bulldogs out of the NCAA Tournament. The win didn’t come without dramatics — the Tar Heels needed a game-saving catch at the center field wall in the 9th inning to preserve their lead.
Here’s the play:
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In the night cap, things weren’t nearly as close. North Carolina defeated VCU 19-8 thanks to an offensive explosion. Each of the top 5 batters in North Carolina’s lineup produced 2+ RBI.
Four difference UNC players hit home runs: Angel Zarate, Vance Honeycutt, Alberto Osuna and Johnny Castagnozzi. Zarate went 4-for-5 with 1 walk, 3 RBI and 4 runs scored.
North Carolina won both games on Sunday without the leadership of its manager, Scott Forbes. He was suspended for 2 games after being ejected in UNC’s loss to VCU on Saturday.
Forbes will be eligible to return to the diamond in Monday’s winner-take-all game vs. VCU.