It looked like Clemson was cruising towards a victory with a three-run lead heading into the night inning, but for the second day in a row the Tigers gave up three runs in the ninth inning. North Carolina took advantage of the opportunity and scored the winning run in the 11th for a 6-5 victory and a sweep of the Tigers.
Kevin Pohle got the start for the Tigers and pitched well. Pohle went six innings only giving up six hits, two runs, two earned runs with two strikeouts and four walks.
Thomas Brittle went 2-5 with two RBIs Sunday. Jon McGibbon went 2-4 and picked up two RBIs with a clutch double to put the Tigers on top.
North Carolina jumped to an early lead when they plated a run in the top of the second.
Clemson tied the game in the fourth. With one out Jon McGibbon was hit by a pitch. Jay Baum singled to left advancing McGibbon to left. Thomas Brittle singled to left center to score McGibbon.
The Heels regained the lead in the top of the fifth as they plated another run to lead 2-1.
The Tigers rallied right back in the bottom of the fifth. Richie Shaffer singled to start the inning. With two outs Dominic Attanasio walked after pinch hitting for Thomas Boulware. Jon McGibbon doubled down the right field line scoring Shaffer and Attanasio. Jay Baum reached on a throwing error advancing McGibbon to third. Thomas Brittle singled to left scoring McGibbon. After five the Tigers led 4-2.
Clemson added another run in the sixth. Jason Stolz hit a leadoff homerun to put the Tigers up 5-2.
For the second day in a row the Tigers gave up three runs in the ninth. Patrick Andrews walked the first two batters. Matt Campbell came in to relieve Andrews and walked the third batter to load the bases. The Heels would score all three base runners and tie the game 5-5.
Clemson squandered chances in the ninth and tenth to win. In both innings the Tigers had runners in scoring position with only one out but couldn’t deliver. Clemson stranded two runners in the ninth and left the bases loaded in the tenth.
North Carolina took advantage of the Clemson gifts and plated the winning run in the eleventh.
The Tigers moved to 6-7 overall and 0-3 in the ACC with the loss. Clemson travels to Western Carolina Wednesday night.