No. 7 Virginia baseball defeated No. 2 North Carolina Saturday afternoon in extra-innings 8-7, to claim a three game series in Chapel Hill. The Cavaliers used a four run 11th inning, and held off a Tar Heel rally in the bottom of the frame to earn their 45th win of the year.
Virginia brought a four run advantage into the bottom half of the 11th inning after John LaPrise knocked in a 2 RBI triple and Jared King singled to make the score 8-4. North Carolina then answered with two runs of their own in the 11th, and had runners at the corners with just one out.
The Tar Heel’s next batter Skye Bolt launched a deep ball towards the outfield wall, but Mike Papi was there to rob the home run and throw back to first base for a game ending double-play.
Despite the final score,the series finale between the Cavaliers and Tar Heels began as a duel from the hill.
Cavalier starter Whit Mayberry produced five strong innings from the mound, giving up just one run off five hits. North Carolina’s Hobbs Johnson was equally impressive, working 7 1/3 innings allowing three earned runs and two hits.
In the 8th inning, Virginia broke through scoring three runs to grab a 4-1 advantage. Though North Carolina responded in the home half for the second straight day. The Tar Heels cut the lead to 4-3 in the 8th, then knotted the game in the 9th after being down to their last out.
Virginia finishes the regular season with a record of 45-9 and a 22-8 record in ACC play. The 45 win mark ties a school record for wins in a season.
The Cavaliers enter the ACC tournament next week in Durham as the No. 3 seed.