CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 10 North Carolina dropped its second straight game Tuesday night as the Tar Heels were knocked off by UNC Greensboro, 8-4 at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels will have a chance to snap the losing streak Wednesday when they host East Carolina at 6 p.m.
The Tar Heels struck for four runs in the first inning but were held in check the rest of the way as the trio of Jonathan Jones, Adam Boghosian and Tyler Hollstegge combined to keep UNC off the scoreboard from the second inning on.
Chaz Frank opened the first with a lead off single before coming around to score on a bases loaded walk. Another walk followed by a fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly would help the Tar Heels score four runs in the first on just one hit.
Carolina let the 4-1 lead after the first slip away as the Spartans pushed three runs across in the top half of the second against starter Chris Munnelly who went 1.2 innings allowing four runs on three hits and three walks.
R.C. Orlan came on to escape the second inning before tossing three innings of one-run relief. UNC Greensboro notched the run against Orlan in the top half of the fifth inning to take a 5-4 lead it would not relinquish.
The Tar Heels threatened in the bottom of the fourth inning when Tommy Coyle singled with two outs and moved to third on a throwing error on the shortstop on a ball hit by Michael Russell.
The Spartans went to the bullpen for right-hander Tyler Hollstegge who retired the next 11 batters who faced as UNCG extended its lead to 7-4 in the process.
Carolina used six different pitchers on the day who allowed a season-high 16 hits, including 12 in the first five innings, but were able to strand 15 UNCG baserunners on the night.
The pairing of Tate Parrish and Luis Paula in the later innings kept the deficit close for the Tar Heels. Parrish allowed an unearned run on one hit over 1.1 innings of work and Paula followed with two innings of one-run ball while striking out four.
The 7-8-9 hitters all registered hits for the Tar Heels as Adam Griffin and Tom Zengel each contributed RBIs as well.
The Tar Heels will look to rebound Wednesday night when they host another in-state foe in East Carolina. With the weekend off for exams the Tar Heels will turn to left-hander Kent Emanuel to snap the two-game losing skid. First pitch Wednesday night is set for 6 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium.