Carolin came into Miami this past Thursday needing to sweep the Hurricanes to win the regular season ACC title. They were promptly blown out in the opening game, locking them into a second-place finish, and raising the possibilty of a dispirited weekend performance.
Instead, the Heels turned around and won 10-6 after opening up a nine run lead on Friday, and then started today with a 12-4 margin. In a game where Hurricane player awards were being announced between innings, UNC's lead proved to be enough to put the game away, with some late heroics from relief pitcher Tim Federowicz (less than seven innings pitched entering the game) who with a one run lead in the bottom of the ninth and two runners on, forced one batter to hit into a near double play and fanned the next to seal the win.
UNC opens the ACC baseball tournament this week against Virginia, possibly as the number one team in the country, depending on how the polls shake out.