Errors and lack of timely hitting doomed Virginia Tech in a 5-3 loss to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament on Tuesday.
Tech took an early 1-0 lead thanks to an RBI single by Saige Jenco. However, the Hokies recorded five hits and drew two walks in the first four innings, but were only able to plate that one run.
That came back to haunt them in the bottom of the fourth when Saige Jenco dropped a fly ball in center field, allowing the runner to reach third base. By the time the inning was over, the Tar Heels had scored three unearned runs. That ended the day for starting pitcher Kit Scheetz, who went four innings and allowed those three unearned runs.
UNC would later add another unearned run in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 4-1 lead. The Hokies battled back to make it 4-3 heading into the bottom of the eighth, but UNC tacked on another run (this one earned) to take a 5-3 lead.
In the top of the ninth, Alex Perez recorded a one-out single. However, Erik Payne struck out looking, and Brendon Hayden grounded out to second base to end the game.
The Hokies ended their season with a 27-27 record.