In the College World Series, North Carolina was left to consider its missed options after a 7-3 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday.
The Tar Heels left 16 runners on base, the CWS single-game record is 17 and that comprised men trapped at third in the fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth innings.
Mike Fox, Tar Heels coach said, “That’s pretty much the tale of the game for us, offensively. Out here, it’s how well you play from the first pitch to the last and getting big two-out hits.”
“And they got them and we didn’t.”
Connor Harrel strike the first CWS home run in TD Ameritrade Park to break a sixth-inning tie, and three relievers held North Carolina scoreless on three strikes over the final five innings.
Chaz Frank, Tar Heels left fielder said, “I think they buckled down, especially when (we) had runners on base, when they had two outs, and I think their crowd got them into it. They just made good pitches, and we weren’t able to get timely hitting like we’ve been doing all year.”
“We’ve been riding our pitching and defense all year. And we’ve been able to get timely hitting and we weren’t able to get it today.”
Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt coach said, “That was a big victory for us. You never know how you’re going to react the first time.”
Vanderbilt, 53-10, the No. 6 nationwide seed, advanced to face Florida, 51-17 on Monday. No. 3-seed North Carolina, 50-15 plays Texas, 49-18 in the bracket of the losers.
Sonny Gray, A’s first round pick 4 2/3 innings for Vanderbilt, the shortest of his 18 starts as going 4 1/3 in the season opener. He permitted three runs on eight strikes and walked five.