It just felt like one of those nights for North Carolina against St. John's on Sunday. A bad hop here an error there and Carolina's exciting season came to an end much sooner than expected. The Red Storm defeated UNC 9-5 eliminating the Tar Heels from the NCAA Baseball Championship.
The Tar Heels jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the second inning but the Red Storm countered with 3 of their own in the third and never trailed in the game again.
Starter, Shane Taylor struggled early giving up 4 earned runs and 7 hits in two innings and gave way to the bullpen. Before the dust settled, UNC had used 7 pitchers who combined to give up 14 hits in the game. Three errors by Carolina didn't help the situation accounting for 2 unearned runs.
Sean O'Hare drove in to runs for St. John's who will move on to the Super Regionals leaving North Carolina and their high expectations at home.
Chaz Frank drove in two runs while Jordan Parks drove in 1 on 2 hits to lead the Tar Heel effort.
The loss ends the Tar Heel career of one of their finest players in Jacob Stallings and brings the season to a close with an impressive 46-16 record. Carolina, certainly will be highly ranked next season bringing back the overwhelming majority of their team. But that will not comfort the team who lost their first regional as a host.
This was a team who improved as the season went along, particularly defensively and entered post season on a 14 game win streak.
With the loss comes the end of all team sports for this school year. 7 athletes will be competing in the NCAA's coming up in Track and Field but Carolina sports will turn to the 2012 Fall sports schedule.