I watched it. I saw it. I’m still not sure I believe it. Pitt went to little used reliever Derek West as the third pitcher early and he shut down UNC the rest of the way.
In the bottom of the 7th, down 4-3, Pitt tied it up and then took the lead on a suicide squeeze. With a 5-4 lead, West set UNC down 1-2-3 in the 8th. As the announcer said, West wasn’t throwing to spots, he was throwing THROUGH spots. He got the lead off hitter in the 9th, then SS David Yanni made an error on a routine ground ball and you start wondering. A 6-3 FC got the tying run to 2nd with two outs. Then UNC’s Cleanup hitter hit a deep but playable fly to Maldonado in CF to end the game.
Pitt wins Pool A and now is in semifinals on Saturday.
The difference was defense. They showed replays of 4 great defensive plays by Pitt and then miscues by the 4 UNC players on similar plays. Perry had 2 great catches in RF; Maldonado made a great catch bouncing off the wall with 2 outs and the bases loaded. If he doesn’t catch it, it probably is an inside the ballpark HR.
Fox has a national window at 7, which is why the Pirates game starts at 4.