Carolina held a 4-2 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. One of the best relievers in the Country, Michael Morin was on the hill. After two batters got on base, Sean O"Hare ripped a walk off three run home run and the Red Storm defeated North Carolina 5-4 in Chapel Hill.
The loss puts North Carolina on the brink of elimination in the NCAA Baseball Tournament. The Tar Heels will move to the loser's bracket and must win three straight games to win their regional and move on to the Super Regionals. It will start against East Carolina at 1pm on Sunday. If Carolina wins, they will face St. John's again on Sunday night.
North Carolina had a difficult time making any head way against Red Storm starter, Sean Hagan until the sixth inning when Shell McCain homered to give the Tar Heels a 3-2 lead. UNC added an insurance run in the top of the ninth off the bat of Parks Jordan. But O"Hare took a Morin fast ball over the left field wall in the bottom of the ninth.
Carolina starter, Kent Emanuel had a solid outing going 8 innings, allowing only 1 earned run off 5 hits. He turned the ball over to Morin in the ninth inning.
Tommy Coyle had 2 hits, driving in a run in the ball game.
Carolina will face East Carolina for the second time this season, defeating the Pirates 1-0 in 10 innings on April 25th. The two teams were scheduled to play again on May 9 in Greenville, but weather cancelled the game.
Carolina is now 1-1 against St. John's on the season. They fall to 45-16 on the season.