Freshman pitcher Zac Gallen made a nice debut on the mound, throwing 6.2 innings and allowing just two runs on seven hits and one walk. But the Tar Heel bats couldn’t produce enough to grab the victory, only managing five hits against a host of Cougar arms.
Skye Bolt produced a single to left field to score Landon Lassiter in the fourth inning to take a 1-0 lead, but Charleston retook the lead.
Carolina wasted a prime opportunity to score in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and one out. But Parks Jordan hit into a double play to let the Cougars out of the jam.
Next up for the Tar Heels is a home series against the Xavier Musketeers. Game one is set for this Friday at 3 p.m.