UNC Drops Series Opener At Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech's (31-19, 13-12 ACC) Mott Hyde hit a walk off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday night to down No. 1 North Carolina (44-5, 19-4 ACC), 5-4, in Atlanta.
The Tar Heels let an early 3-0 lead slip away Friday as the Yellow Jackets used a four-run third inning to take the lead.
Colin Moran hit his 13th home run of the year, a solo shot to dead center in the fifth inning to push things back level at 4-4.
That is the way the score would remain until Hyde hit his second home run of the year in the bottom of the ninth against Tar Heel starter Kent Emanuel.
Carolina jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the Yellow Jackets and starting pitcher Buck Farmer in the second inning.
Jordan fell behind 0-1 before connecting on a Farmer offering. The junior outfielder drove the pitch over the right center field wall for his first career home run as he put the Tar Heels in front, 2-0.
Carolina would tack on another run in the third when Chaz Frank lined a double the opposite way into the left field corner to open the inning. A ground out would move Frank to third and back-to-back walks would load the bases for Cody Stubbs.
Stubbs hit a high chopper to the first baseman who stepped on the bag at first for the second out of the inning as Frank scored from third.
Emanuel found himself in trouble in the bottom half of the third when Matt Gonzalez singled to open the inning before Thomas Smith followed with a line drive to center field. UNC center fielder Chaz Frank came in on the liner but the ball kept rising over Frank's head and reached the center field wall for a RBI triple.
Kyle Wren would follow with a RBI triple of his own to cut the Tar Heel lead to 3-2 with one out and the tying run at third.
Emanuel forced a shallow fly ball to right field for the second out of the inning but was unable to escape further damage when Zane Evans connected on a two-run home run to put Georgia Tech up 4-3.
Moran would knot things up at 4-4 in the fifth inning when he connected on a 1-2 offering from Farmer and sent it over the center field wall for his 13th home run of the year.
Carolina would put two runners on base in the sixth inning but were unable to score as the Tar Heels were held without a baserunner through the final three innings by Farmer and relief pitcher Daniel Palka.
Emanuel settled in after the shaky third inning and allowed just two base runners past first over the next five frames.
The loss was the second of the year for Emanuel as Palka improved to 1-0 on the year with the relief win.
Carolina will look to bounce back on Saturday as right-hander Benton Moss takes the mound for the Tar Heels who will be vying to avoid their first losing streak of the year. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.