With a trip to the College World Series in sight, North Carolina suffered its most lopsided loss of the season Sunday at Boshamer Stadium.
The Tar Heels were shut out for the first time all year by Jordan Montgomery, who pitched a four-hitter, as South Carolina won 8-0.
The best-of-3 NCAA super regional series between the border-state rivals is tied 1-1 heading into the decisive game today 7 p.m., televised on ESPN2.
While Montgomery shined, UNC junior Hobbs Johnson allowed five runs in 1.2 innings, the shortest outing of his career.
The Tar Heels haven’t lost back-to-back games all season, and will need to continue that streak in order to make their sixth College World Series visit in eight years.
South Carolina, which has made three straight appearances in the championship series, improved to 8-1 in NCAA Tournament elimination games since 2010.