Rain delays, extends UNC's season
North Carolina’s baseball season will extend at least one more day but not in a way that was expected.
The Tar Heels’ elimination game against Long Beach State was suspended due to heavy rain Sunday night and will resume today at noon with UNC trailing 5-4 in the top of the seventh inning.
Long Beach State took a 5-4 lead in the top off the sixth on a solo home run by third baseman Michael Hill off UNC reliever Trevor Kelley.
When play resumes, Long Beach State will have runners on first and second in the top of seventh. UNC coach Mike Fox had just made a pitching change to reliever Spencer Trayner before the second and final rain delay of the day.
UNC turned to righty starter Zac Gallen to keep its season alive. Gallen surrendered a two-run homer to Long Beach State first baseman Ino Patron in the top of the first inning, but UNC center fielder Skye Bolt answered with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning, tying the score at 2.
UNC took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the second on a squeeze-bunt RBI single by catcher Korey Dunbar. But the lead was short-lived. In the top of the third, Patron delivered again for the Dirtbags, belting a two-RBI single to put Long Beach State up 4-3.
Tyler Ramirez tied the score at 4 for UNC with an RBI single in the third inning. UNC had a chance for more runs, but pinch hitter Tom Zengel lined out to second with runners on first and third. Dunbar then flew out to left field to end the inning.
The first rain delay came in the bottom of the fourth inning and lasted 3 hours and 23 minutes. When play resumed, UNC turned to Kelley in relief.
The second rain delay started at 6:51 p.m., and umpires and coaches made a determination around 9:20 p.m. to suspend the game.
If UNC comes back to beat Long Beach State today, it would play College of Charleston 55 minutes after the conclusion of the suspended game.