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Monday Baseball Report(3/24)

Last Week's Results: Lost to West Virginia 5-1, Lost series to Georgia Tech 3-2(11), 5-6(13), 1-9
Record Last Week: 1-4
Record This Season: 15-9 overall, 5-4 in the ACC
Schedule This Week: 3/26 vs Winthrop, 3/28-3/30 at Duke

This was not a good week. In fact this was the worst week of the season so far when you consider it also included some serious injury news, more on that in a bit.

After rain cancelled UNC's game with Princeton on Tuesday, a hastily scheduled game against West Virginia was set for Wednesday with the Heels losing 5-1. UNC committed four errors and only had three hits as the Mountaineers John Means pitched a complete game giving up just one run.

The weekend series with Georgia Tech ended up being like every series UNC has with Georgia Tech. The Heels won the first game in 11 innings 3-2 on a Wood Myers single to score pinch runner Brandon Whiteford. Trent Thornton struck out eight and walked none in eight innings of work giving up just two runs on four hits. Reilly Hovis pitched three innings in relief giving up one hit and striking out four.

On Saturday, in the first game of a doubleheader, UNC rallied in the ninth to tie the game at four but eventually fell 6-5 in 13 innings. Benton Moss gave up four runs, three of them earned in seven innings as the Heels were plagued with defensive issues with their second four error game in three outings. With the game going thirteen innings, UNC used nine pitchers with Luis Paula giving up two runs in the 13th to take his second loss of the week. At the plate Wood Myers continued his hot hitting with a 5-7 day and three RBIs.

In the nightcap, Zac Gallen was hit early and often giving up six runs in 4.1 innings and UNC was never able to recover losing 9-1 and dropping the series to the Yellow Jackets. UNC's bats were mostly quiet with eight hits and one first inning run via a Tom Zengel single.

For UNC the losses are on the field were not nearly as bad as the loss in the bullpen. UNC announced on Monday that closer Chris McCue would be out indefinitely after having a procedure to "treat a blood clot in his right shoulder." McCue had been rock solid with seven saves and a 0.77 ERA in 11.2 innings so far this season. He also struck out 14. The loss of McCue weakens the Tar Heel bullpen with Mike Fox likely looking to Reilly Hovis to fill the role of closer in the interim.

UNC will look to right the ship this week with a visit from Winthrop and a trip over to Durham to face Duke.