Seventh-seeded North Carolina (34-25) scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 7-7 tie to defeat sixth-seeded Maryland, 13-7, in the final game of Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament pool play on Saturday night in Greensboro, N.C.
Despite the loss, the Terps (36-20) won Pool B with a 2-1 record and advanced to Sunday’s championship game at 1 p.m. against ninth-seeded Georgia Tech (35-25). It is Maryland’s first appearance in an ACC final since 1976; the Terps last won the conference in 1971.
North Carolina’s late-inning surge spoiled a come-from-behind effort by Maryland, which scored five runs in the seventh inning, including three consecutive two-out hits, to tie the game.
“I thought our guys really played hard today,” coachsaid. “They showed up, they played hard. The result obviously was not what we were look for necessarily, but like I said to them after the game, all we have asked from these guys all year is to be consistent, to be able to show up every day and to play real hard and to fight through it.
“I think that even though the result wasn’t what we were looking for, I feel like we are absolutely prepared to go into tomorrow.”