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North Carolina eliminates Florida 5-2

Posted May 31

— Tyler Ramirez and Adam Pate hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the third inning after a rain delay of 3 hours, 19 minutes to spark North Carolina to a 5-2 victory that eliminated host and No. 2 national seed Florida on Saturday.

North Carolina scored all five of its runs in the third inning as Alex Raburn, Ramirez, Pate and Korey Dunbar all had run-scoring hits in the frame

Reilly Hovis worked four innings out of the bullpen to pick up his team-high ninth win of the season, while Spencer Trayner got the final six outs to shut the door on the host Gators' season.

The Gators (40-23) went 0-2 in a regional for the second year in a row and have lost their last six NCAA tournament games since the 2012 College World Series.

Before the rain delay, UNC's Michael Russell took a fastball from Bobby Poyner just above the left eye, sending medical staff and coaches running onto the field. The junior All-America shortstop was able to leave the field under his own power, but a large cut required stitches and Russell was replaced by Zach Daly.

Russell later tweeted a picture of his cut and stitches, commenting about a lightning bolt, referencing the movie "The Natural".

North Carolina (35-26) advanced to a game on Sunday against the loser of the late game between the College of Charleston and Long Beach State.

The Tar Heels broke open a scoreless tie after returning from the lengthy delay, greeting Florida reliever Kirby Snead with four consecutive hits.

Hovis (9-1) got the victory in relief after replacing starter Benton Moss after the delay.

Zack Powers and Casey Turgeon had RBI singles for the Gators.

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  • vt94hokies Jun 1, 2:04 p.m.

    Great job. Clicking again.

  • heelsforever Jun 1, 12:43 p.m.

    Gee, State fans. How did Swoff engineer that? And in Gainesville, no less.

    Better get Mary... View More

    — Posted by Chatham Adam

    NOBODY can overcome the reach and power of The Swof; not Florida, not the SEC, not Mary Willinglymissled, not Danny Boy Kane, and certainly not the Fack.

  • 4tarheels Jun 1, 7:51 a.m.

    Great job Heels. You were worthy of NCAA bid!

  • Chatham Adam Jun 1, 7:47 a.m.

    Gee, State fans. How did Swoff engineer that? And in Gainesville, no less.

    Better get Mary Willingham and Dan "The Whistle" Kane on the case!

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jun 1, 7:01 a.m.

    Very impressive win over the #2 national team! Keep it going, Heels!

  • CarolinaBlue Jun 1, 5:45 a.m.

    A strong showing from the Heels!

  • 903 ways to fail May 31, 11:09 p.m.

    So where did 903 disappear to?

  • BB5 May 31, 10:13 p.m.

    Heels pitching & D (no E's) was rock solid today. Allowed 2 earned runs & had a big 3rd with some clutch hitting. Others stepped up after Russell went down in the 2nd (HBP).

    On D, I'll take 2 earned runs over 9 innings and no errors 24/7. Throw in some timely hitting with RISP & that = advancing.

    Heels were 11 of 34 on the day for a .324 clip. Gators held to 8 of 34 by Tar Heel pitchers, 13 LOB.

  • CoachKisacheater May 31, 9:20 p.m.

    The Tar Heels proved they belonged today. All the comments from the My Team Didn't Make It crowd proved to be just useless cow dung.

  • Tunaboy May 31, 9:17 p.m.

    gosh ... I wonder where all those ABC losers are tonight ?!?!? UNC is still playing and they sent the SEC champs home ... enjoy that score losers !!!

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