CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 4 North Carolina stranded a season-high 17 runners on base Wednesday night as visiting Gardner-Webb upset the Tar Heels, 7-4. The Tar Heels fall to 14-3 on the year, while the Runnin' Bulldogs improve to 10-7. Carolina will look to rebound Friday when it opens a three-game series at Maryland.
The trio of Chaz Frank, Tommy Coyle and Jacob Stallings all reached base four times apiece Wednesday afternoon but were able to cross home plate just three times as Carolina managed four runs on 11 hits and nine walks.
North Carolina took a 1-0 lead after the first when Frank opened with a lead off walk and moved to third after a single from Tommy Coyle and a groundout by Colin Moran. Stallings laced a single off the pitcher to score Frank and give Carolina a 1-0 lead.
Gardner-Webb chased starting pitcher Luis Paula in the second as Brad Collins connected on a three-run home run before the Runnin' Bulldogs tacked on another run later in the inning.
The Tar Heels left 10 runners on base over the next four innings, including the bases loaded in the third and fifth frames.
Carolina pulled a run back in the fifth on a RBI single from Mike Zolk and another in the sixth when Brian Holberton drew a bases loaded walk to make the score 4-3.
Gardner-Webb responded with a three-run seventh to seal the contest as the Tar Heels were unable to claw back into the game and snapped a six-game winning streak with the 7-4 defeat.
Coyle and Stallings finished with three hits apiece and Chaz Frank drew a career-high three walks on the day.
Shane Taylor tossed 2.1 scoreless innings of relief and was followed later in the game by scoreless performances from Tate Parrish and Mason McCullough.
Collins finished his career day by going 3-for-5 with five RBI as reliever Mitch Warner notched the win for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Carolina will return to action Friday when the Tar Heels head to College Park, Md. for a three-game ACC series at Maryland.