St. John's, who entered the 2012 NCAA Baseball Tournament as the third seed in the Chapel Hill bracket, upset top-seeded North Carolina on Saturday night by a final score of 5-4. The Red Storm (39-21), who trailed for the majority of the game, completed a stunning comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning, capped off by a three-run shot courtesy of catcher Danny Bethea.
The Tar Heels got eight strong innings from starting pitcher Kent Emanuel, who allowed two runs (one earned) and just five hits. But in the bottom of the ninth, relief pitcher Michael Morin allowed three hits--a double to left fielder Jeremy Baltz, a single to third baseman Sean O'Hare (who finished the day 3-4), and game-winning home run to Bethea.
St. John's improves to 2-0 in the Chapel Hill bracket with the victory, after previously defeating the East Carolina Pirates 11-3. They will next take on the Cornell Big Red.