Logan Warmoth’s 10th inning solo home run lifted No. 17 North Carolina to a 3-2 walk-off win against the No. 5 Louisville baseball team on Saturday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium.
The leadoff shot from the Tar Heels (30-16, 10-13 ACC) shortstop evened the weekend series and ended the seven-game winning streak for the Cardinals (37-10, 15-8 ACC). After Louisville scored a run in the ninth inning to extend the game, Warmoth won it for Carolina in the 10th after he sent a 1-1 pitch from junior righty Shane Hummel over the left field wall for his second home run of the season. The teams will meet in the rubber game of the three-game set on Sunday at 1 p.m., ET on ESPN3.
Hummel dropped to 2-1 on the season allowing only the home run in 2.0+ innings of relief. Junior lefthander Drew Harrington registered his 10th quality start (three or fewer earned runs in six or more innings) in 12 outings this season allowing two earned runs on six hits with seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings for a no-decision.
Sophomore third baseman Blake Tiberi matched a career-high with three hits on Saturday, while junior outfielder Colin Lyman was 2-for-4 with the game-tying RBI single in the ninth and scored once. Junior outfielder Corey Ray chipped in with two hits and one RBI and junior catcher Will Smith added two hits and walked once as the Cardinals lost despite finishing with a 12-8 advantage in hits.
The Cardinals struck first Saturday after Ray drove Lyman home with a RBI single to right center off righty J.B. Bukauskas. Lyman started the inning with a leadoff single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from redshirt freshman Drew Ellis and advanced to third on a passed ball before scoring the 51st RBI of the season for Ray.
The Tar Heels broke through for their first run of the weekend in the sixth inning on two-out RBI triple down the left field line by Brandon Riley to score Zack Gahagan and even the score at 1-1. Gahagan extended the inning with a two-out walk before scoring North Carolina’s first run in 14.2 innings against the Cardinals, who opened the series with a 6-0 win on Friday night.
An inning later, UNC moved ahead at 2-1 on a RBI sacrifice fly to left field from Warmoth to score Brian Miller in the seventh. Miller started things for the Tar Heels with a one-out walk from Harrington and moved to second on a single by Adam Pate. After a walk to Tyler Ramirez by freshman lefty Adam Wolf loaded the bases, Warmoth sent a 1-1 pitch to the wall in left to plate Miller.
Down to their final out, the Cardinals found the equalizer on a two-out RBI single by Lyman to score Hairston in the ninth. The rally started with a one-out single to right field by Hairston off Bukauskas. Senior Danny Rosenbaum continued the inning with a two-out single to center off A.J. Bogucki before Lyman sent a 0-1 offering through the right side for the game-tying run and his 25th RBI of the season.
Bogucki earned the win and moved to 3-4 on the season after scattering three hits in 1.1 innings of shutout relief. Bukauskas surrendered two runs, including one unearned, on nine hits with eight strikeouts in 8.1 innings for the Tar Heels.