Diamond Heels bullpen can’t hold lead again against ECU

The North Carolina Tar Heels baseball program faced a big series this weekend, taking on No. 11 East Carolina. And in both games, the Diamond Heels had the lead but failed to hold it.

After blowing Friday’s lead late, the Tar Heels wasted another big effort from starter Connor Bovair who pitched 5.2 innings giving up two runs. The Tar Heels took a 5-2 lead into the seventh inning and things were looking good to bounce back from Friday’s one-run loss.

But just like Friday, the Pirates mounted a comeback.

ECU got four runs in the top of the seventh inning to get the 6-5 win and series sweep after Saturday’s game was postponed. ECU closer Carter Spivey retired all three batters he faced in the ninth inning after the Tar Heels attempted to rally.

The Pirates committed an error and then Hunter Stokley was hit by a pitch to put the tying and winning run on. But Spivey came on to get the big save and win for ECU.

Frick led the way with three hits and three RBI’s while Vance Honeycutt got his first home run of the season, a 431-foot bomb that gave UNC a 2-0 lead.

UNC will host VCU on Tuesday and Wednesday in Chapel Hill.

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