CHARLOTTE, N.C. - No. 6 North Carolina fell behind for the fourth straight game but Tuesday night the Tar Heels were unable to come back after the series sweep of Duke as host Charlotte (20-6) bested the Tar Heels, 4-3. Tommy Coyle paced the offense with a 2-for-3 performance as he tallied his first home run of the season. The Tar Heels will look to bounce back on Friday when they host Clemson in a three-game set.
The Tar Heels found themselves in an early hole as Charlotte struck for a run in the bottom of the second inning when Corbin Shive drew a lead off walk. Four batters later Miguel Rodriguez hit a ball through the left side of the infield to score Shive from third and give the 49ers a 1-0 lead.
Carolina answered with a pair of runs in the third as Jeff Bouton led off with a triple into the left field corner before Ben Bunting hit a ball into the hole at short allowing Bouton to score.
After a wild pitch moved Bunting to second Tommy Coyle extended his hit streak to 16 games when he drove a double off the wall in right to score Bunting and put Carolina in front 2-1.
The lead would not hold up for long as the 49ers struck for three runs in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a sacrifice fly and a two-run double off the bat of Shane Basen.
Carolina would strand a lead off single in the fifth and a one-out double in the sixth before getting a run back in the seventh.
Tommy Coyle struck again in the seventh following what seemed to be a momentum-killing double play the batter before, when the sophomore lifted a pitch over the right field fence for his first home run of the season. The solo shot pulled Carolina within one at 4-3.
The Tar Heels had a rally thwarted in the eighth when with two outs Jesse Wierzbicki hit a ball into the left center gap but attempted to stretch a single to a double and was thrown out at second to end the inning.
Carolina managed a walk in the ninth but that was all as the Tar Heels fell for the fourth time this season and snapped a season best nine game winning streak.
Junior backstop Jacob Stallings cut down another base stealer in the game and now has thrown out 13 attempted base stealers on the season, the most in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Carolina will look to rebound on Friday when Clemson comes to town for a three-game conference series set to begin Friday at 7 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium.