Joe Dudek drills a fourth-inning double.
Joe Dudek drills a fourth-inning double.
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No. 15 Tar Heels Fall To Pitt In Series Finale
Release: 03/09/2014

CHAPEL HILL --- Pittsburgh scored two runs in the eighth inning to post a 6-4 win over No. 15 North Carolina in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Hobie Harris threw 2.1 innings of hitless relief to get the win, while Spencer Trayner took the loss for the Tar Heels. Zac Gallen allowed just three hits over 6.1 innings but allowed four earned runs in a no-decision.

Carolina (10-4, 2-1 ACC) got on the board in the second when Korey Dunbar lined a double down the right field line to plate Tyler Ramirez, who singled with one out. 

Pitt (5-7, 1-2 ACC) answered with three runs in the third despite getting just one hit. Gallen opened the frame with a strikeout, but A.J. Lardo reached when strike three skipped away from Dunbar for a wild pitch. After Gallen hit the next batter, Manny Pazos bunted into a fielder's choice for the first out. Another Gallen walk loaded the bases for Dylan Wolsonovich, who doubled down the left field line to score a pair. Boo Vazquez tacked on a third with a sac fly before Gallen got Casey Roche to pop out.

The Tar Heels quickly responded in the fourth with a pair of doubles. Michael Russell was hit by a pitch before Skye Bolt ripped an 0-2 pitch to left center to put two in scoring position with no one out. Ramirez drove in Russell with a sac fly, Dunbar singled home Bolt and Joe Dudek drove in Parks Jordan with a clean double.

Gallen worked into the seventh but allowed the eventual tying run to reach before getting the first out on a Pazos sacrifice. Trevor Kelley came in and hit the only batter he faced. With runners on second and third, Zach Rice came on and got two quick outs, but Pitt tied the game on a Wolsonovich sac fly.

Spencer Trayner (1-1) pitched the eighth and gave up the winning runs on an RBI single and a sac fly. The freshman righty struck out a pair but was saddled with the loss. 

Harris and Andrew Belfiglio were outstanding in relief of Pitt starter Joseph Harvey. The Panther relievers allowed just one walk in 3.1 shutout innings to prevent any Carolina heroics in the late innings.

The Tar Heels face a quick turnaround as they play two midweek games for the first time Tuesday and Wednesday. UNC hosts George Mason Tuesday and Gardner-Webb Wednesday, with both games starting at 4 p.m.

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