UNC's NCAA Regional elimination game against Long Beach State has been suspended until noon on Monday due to heavy rains. The rain delay was the second of the day. Heavy rain suspended play in the fourth inning of a 4-4 game. Play resumed over three hours later before a second bout of rain stopped action just before 7 PM. After an additional almost three hour delay and the field being soaked from steady rain the decision was made to postpone the contest until the next day.
When the game resumes, Long Beach State will have runners on first and second with one out in the top of the seventh and leading 5-4. When play was stopped Spencer Trayner was preparing to come in to relieve Zach Rice who had thrown exactly one pitch in relief of Trevor Kelley.
UNC fell behind early in this game as Zac Gallen gave up a two run homer to Ino Patron. Skye Bolt answered for UNC in the bottom of the first with a two run blast of his own to tie the game. The Heels lead briefly with a run in the bottom of the second but gave up the lead in the third inning on a two RBI hit from Patron. The Heels knotted the game again in the bottom of the frame on a single from Tyler Ramirez.
Following the rain delay in the fourth inning, Wood Myers popped out with two on to keep the game tied. Kelley came in and after a scoreless fifth, LBSU's Michael Hill hit a solo home run to put the Dirtbags back in front. The Heels went in order in the sixth and when the game finally continues on Monday will need to get out of a touch of trouble in the seventh.
The schedule for the remainder of the regional will include College of Charleston facing the winner of the presently suspended game 55 minutes after that game concludes. Carolina Blue's Brooke Pryor is reporting that should a decisive game be required it would not happen until Tuesday. Of course for UNC to get to that game the Heels first need to rally against the Dirtbags then hand Charleston its first loss of the regional.