PITTSBURGH — Senior Eric Hess delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th, lifting Pitt (8-9, 3-3 ACC) to a series-clinching 3-2 victory against No. 11 North Carolina (12-7, 3-3 ACC) on Sunday at Charles L. Cost Field.
Entering the game as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning, Hess got his chance to hit in the bottom of the 10th after the Tar Heels tied the score 2-2 in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly.
Hess made them pay for that decision, taking a 0-1 offering to right center that scored Sherman from second and won the game for the Panthers.
It was the first walk-off win for Pitt this season and first extra-inning victory in three tries. The last Pitt walk-off prior to Sunday was against top-ranked Virginia last season. The Panthers improved to 3-3 this year against teams ranked in the top-11 and are now 4-1 inside the friendly confines of Cost Field this season.
Pitt received a fantastic outing from junior Marc Berube, who threw 7.0 innings and allowed one run on five hits while striking out a career-high seven batters and walking none. He did hit four batters, however. Senior Hobie Harris (1-1) was credited with his first win of the season after tossing 1.2 innings of one-hit ball in relief.
Redshirt freshman Frank Maldonado doubled and walked to extend his hitting streak to a team-best 10 games and has reached base in 15 consecutive games. He also scored two of Pitt’s three runs.