The Diamond Heels suffered a tough 3-2 loss to UNC-Greensboro on Tuesday night. Carolina surrendered the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth after failing to take the lead in the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded. Starting pitcher Shawn Rapp had a decent outing, giving up two runs in the first inning before settling down the rest of his 4.2 innings and fanning seven Spartan batters.
The Heels are desperate for momentum, as the loss to UNC-G dropped them under .500 for the first time this season. The 3-2 loss was Carolina’s sixth one-run loss of the season (the Heels are 9-6 in one-run games this season), which goes to show the fine margins this team plays on. UNC is on an ugly losing streak, dropping six of their last seven, with the only win in that period against Campbell. The road back to a winning record will not be easy: Louisville currently are ranked #8 in the country.
There is hope, though. The Cardinals have been a bit uneven in recent weeks, having a weekend series against Pitt cancelled before getting swept at Clemson to begin the month of May. Louisville rebounded with a BIG win over #2 Vanderbilt at home before winning their most recent series against Duke, although they lost the opener 3-13.
This home series will be the final home stand for the Diamond Heels, before a final home game (midweek) against UNC-Wilmington, and then an away series to close out the regular season at Georgia Tech. Austin Love (6-4, 4.02 ERA) will take the mound on Friday for the Heels.
On Saturday, Carolina will honor their seniors before the game.