The 6th ranked Tar Heels baseball squad split a doubleheader on Saturday but lost the home series against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets over the weekend.
Carolina had won 5 straight games before dropping an out of conference game with Liberty earlier in the week. Their struggles continued on Friday against Georgia Tech where they fell 11-4. The Yellow Jackets jumped on ace Kent Emanuel early scoring 2 in the 2nd and 3rd innings. After the Tar Heels cut the lead in half in the bottom of the 5th, Georgia Tech scored 3 in the seventh and 4 in the eighth to put the game out of reach.
Thomas Smith drove in 4 runs to lead the Ramblin' Wreck while Mike Zolk drove in 2 for North Carolina. Kent Emanuel took the loss falling to 5-3 on the season.
The two teams played a doubleheader on Saturday and Carolina jumped on the Yellow Jackets in the first game opening up with an 8 run bottom of the first and coasted the rest of the game in route to a 12-6 victory.
Brian Holberton homered and drove in 4 runs for North Carolina, while Jacob Stallings went yard and brought home 3 runs. Mike Zolk also drove in 2 runs for Carolina.
Benton Moss went 5.2 innings giving up 2 earned runs and took the win, moving to 4-2 on the season.
After falling behind 11-0, Georgia Tech rallied with their 6 runs down the stretch but came up short.
In the second game on Saturday, things were quite different. Hobbs Johnson of UNC and Cole Pitts of Georgia Tech pitched well and North Carolina carried a 2-0 lead into the top of the 7th when the Yellow Jackets tied the game. In the 8th, they added two more runs and won the game 4-2, taking the series.
Michael Morin, who has been solid in relief gave up 2 runs and took the loss. He falls to 4-3. Adam Griffin drove home the only two runs for North Carolina in the game. Jake Davies drove home two to lead Tech.
The Tar Heels look to rebound continuing their 12 game home stand. They face UNC-Greensboro on Tuesday and East Carolina on Wednesday before taking a week break. The Tar Heels stand at 29-12, 13-8 in the ACC.