Hokies fall to Tar Heels in ACC baseball tournament final

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“When you’re playing for a championship, it’s not very hard to get up for it,” he said. “But I’d be lying if I said we weren’t a little bit tired.”

The Hokies, who entered hitting .310 as a team while going 3-0 in their four-team pool, loaded the bases in both the fifth and sixth innings but got only one run out of it: Tyler Horan scored on Chad Morgan’s double-play groundout off freshman reliever Trevor Kelley in the sixth to pull Virginia Tech to 2-1.

“It’s a shame, but it’s baseball,” Tech shortstop Chad Pinder said. “You’re not going to have the timely hits every single game. … (If) you’re not getting those clutch hits against a team like North Carolina, it’s tough to get a win.”

Kelley retired the final 11 batters he faced, starting with that double-play ball, to earn his second save.

All four of North Carolina’s runs came as a result of Virginia Tech’s miscues.

Landon Lassiter scored in the first when second baseman Alex Perez couldn’t handle Bolt’s sharp grounder off Eddie Campbell (2-4).

Two innings later, the Tar Heels had runners at the corners with one out when Bolt grounded to third, but Brendon Hayden’s throw to second pulled Perez off the bag and allowed Lassiter to score and make it 2-0.

The Tar Heels added two insurance runs in the eighth. Lassiter — who reached on a throwing error by Hayden — came around to score when relief pitcher Joe Mantiply fielded Bolt’s sacrifice bunt and threw it past Hayden and down the third-base line to push it to 3-1.

Brian Holberton’s sacrifice fly three batters later brought home Bolt to make it a three-run game.

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