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UNC Blows Five Run Lead; Loses To Miami

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If you were looking for a baseball version of Harold Arcineaux, he showed up today for Miami in the Hurricanes 7-5 win over UNC. His name is Zeke DeVoss and he pretty much did anything he wanted reaching five times, stealing three bases and driving in three runs. He also played stellar defense at second base for the balance of the day. It was amazing to watch one player do so much damage but there it was.

That being said, UNC did a fair mount of discharging firearms in the direction of the collective feet. Missed opportunities abounded from leaving the bases loaded to having two runners picked off second on a botched bunt attempt. Still UNC staked a 5-0 lead and Greg Holt appeared to be in control of the game in the sixth inning. Then the wheels came off one by one. Holt gave up a run and Mike Fox got antsy. He pulled Holt and started a parade of pitchers from the Tar Heel bullpen who ultimately surrendered the rest of the lead while the Miami pitching shut the door on the UNC bats.

Now the Heels face a tough road. With Patrick Johnson going versus Wake Forest, it is probably as safe an assumption as you can make that the Heels will take care of the Deacs at 7:00 PM on Friday. Assuming UNC can win that game they face Virginia to try and get to 2-1 in pool play. At that point we will see where the chips fall. Based on some tiebreaking scenarios I read earlier today it does not look rosy for UNC. At this point the Heels are playing to "make a good showing" in hopes of getting a national seed. Going 1-2 or 0-3 should Johnson's start go poorly and UNC loses to Virginia probably won't help that cause much.