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North Carolina tops South 5-4 for CWS berth

Posted June 11, 2013
Updated June 12, 2013

The North Carolina Tar Heels battled to a 5-4 win over South Carolina in game three of the Chapel Hill super regional Tuesday to earn the final spot in the College World Series.

"This one is sweet, this one is very special," said UNC head coach Mike Fox.

An error in the sixth inning led to North Carolina scoring the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk. 

"In postseason play every mistake is magnified and we made our fair share this weekend," said South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook. "Sometimes you have to tip your hat to the opponent too, they forced some of those errors."

UNC, USC North Carolina advances to College World Series with 5-4 win

In the bottom of the sixth, an RBI triple by Colin Moran and a throwing error in an attempt to cut down Skye Bolt at second tied the ball game at four. Later in the frame, with the bases loaded and two outs, the Gamecocks pulled reliever Adam Westmoreland for Tyler Webb.

Webb walked the first batter he faced to plate a run to give the Heels the lead.

"North Carolina's a great team we knew they weren't going to go away quietly," said Webb. "I'm disappointed that I walked a guy in but that's baseball."

In the top of the fifth, two errors led to two runs for South Carolina, allowing the Gamecocks to regain their early lead. With runners on second and third, Chaz Frank dropped a routine fly ball that would have ended the inning, but instead allowed both runners to score, giving South Carolina a 3-2 lead.

"We haven't given up all year and I knew that wasn't going to be the deciding factor. We all had Chaz' back," said Thornton.

The Gamecocks extended their lead on a Tanner English RBI double in the sixth.

North Carolina pitching struggled from the start and South Carolina took advantage. Connor Bright doubled to get into scoring position and English singled to send him in for the first score in the top of the second.

Brian Holberton gave the Tar Heels a 2-1 lead on a two-run home run in the bottom of the second.

After a walk, three hits and a run, North Carolina starter Benton Moss (2.1 IP, 3H, 1R, 1BB) was pulled in the third for Trent Thornton. The Gamecocks faced similar troubles on the mound, and were forced to pull starter Jack Wynkoop (2.1 IP, 3H, 2R) for Westmoreland in the third.

Chris McCue came on in relief to start the eighth for North Carolina and Kent Emanuel closed the game, entering after one out in the ninth and throwing two total pitches.

With the win Tuesday UNC ties the school record for wins in a season (57-10). The Heels won 57 games in 2007 and have the opportunity to break the record in College World Series play. North Carolina advances to play North Carolina State Sunday at 3 p.m. in Omaha.

"Every time we play them it's a close game and a lot of fun," said Moran. "I think it's good for the state of North Carolina to both be playing at that stage. It'll be a lot of fun."

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  • The Rameses Ultimatum Jun 12, 7:01 p.m.

    cheaters never win

    — Posted by kmor2013

    I always wondered why you were such a loser Buffy.

  • kmor2013 Jun 12, 12:39 p.m.

    cheaters never win

  • Common Sense Man Jun 12, 12:12 p.m.

    While both UNC and NCSU will be in Omaha and will play each other in the first round on Sunday... View More

    — Posted by wlcat609

    UNC just isn't playing well right now. Bad baseball this weekend, they are very fortunate.

  • Tarheel7074 Jun 12, 10:35 a.m.

    SOOOOO happy for the guys and Coach Fox. Congrats, Heels!!!!

    See ya in Omaha, Pack - should be... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    Very unfortunate that someone with little common sense drew up the brackets that would even have the possibility of UNC vs NCSU in the first game of the CWS! That would never have happened in the NCAA college basketball brackets.

  • wlcat609 Jun 12, 10:26 a.m.

    While both UNC and NCSU will be in Omaha and will play each other in the first round on Sunday in another high emotional game, I don't see either team being there too long - both are low scoring, limited power and suspect pitching teams at this point. Plus coming off this emotional encounter one team will have to play LSU and the other has to face UCLA. My choice for this bracket winner would be LSU and you can put the names in a hat and pick one for the other four team bracket finalist. Should be a good CWS and I hope the weather cooperates.

  • 4tarheels Jun 12, 7:59 a.m.

    I like the article headline. There is only one Carolina, North Carolina. The other is just South.

  • douggie64 Jun 11, 11:56 p.m.

    Cheaters never win! Go right ahead and GET YOU SOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    — Posted by NEVER apologize for being white

    Thats one of my boyz calling Buffy out!!! Straight up Skippy. Notice the ToolSAC gone from... View More

    — Posted by The Rameses Ultimatum

    Keywords: MANNING UP

    Sac is actually quite sackless... aka kahoonaless....aka neutered....aka King of all Eunuchs....aka jeweless

    And for all of Rodon's "dominance", he's only 1-0 vs UNC his entire career. We'll see if that holds up Sunday

    GO HEELS!

  • taskmaster27858 Jun 11, 11:32 p.m.

    Well whoever that does lose UNC or State, should do fine in the loser bracket and could face each other again in the final.. Both teams fights back and don't wanna give up. May the best team win, just hope its the WOLFPACK!! LETS GO STATE!!

  • The Rameses Ultimatum Jun 11, 11:18 p.m.

    And only one USC and neither is our neighbor to the South. I guess when you've got nothing else... View More

    — Posted by snapjack

    LOL classless.

    UNC played a great game. Good luck in Omaha!

    — Posted by innocent bystander 3

    Sorry Bra. But when you say "Carolina", it says North by God Carolina to everyone... View More

    — Posted by NEVER apologize for being white

    Whateva turns ya on "bra"

    I actually like UNC. It's their fans that tend to suck.... View More

    — Posted by innocent bystander 3

    ...and who do you think you are Mr. Hoover?

  • Tunaboy Jun 11, 11:01 p.m.

    Go Wolpfack !!!!

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