Tar Heels eliminate LSU 4-2
Posted June 18, 2013
End 9th: UNC 4, LSU 2
North Carolina eliminates LSU after getting three outs and a walk in the ninth inning to end the game.
Mid 9th: UNC 4, LSU 2
A 1-2-3 inning for LSU sends them to their last chance at bat.
End 8th: UNC 4, LSU 2
Trent Thornton walks the first batter he faced in the bottom of the eighth and Chris McCue comes in in relief. McCue loads the bases after a hit-by-pitch, but Mark Laird flys out to Parks Jordan in left field and ends the inning. McCue escapes without a run as the game heads to top of ninth.
Mid 8th: UNC 4, LSU 2
A 1-2-3 inning for LSU reliever Chris Cotton.
End 7th: UNC 4, LSU 2
With no outs LSU puts runners on first and third, Bregman grounded into a double play scoring McMullen to give LSU another run. A fly out at center ending the inning.
Mid 7th: UNC 4, LSU 1
The seventh inning brought another pitching change for LSU as North Carolina put Colin Moran on second base with one out. A Skye Bolt single to left scored Moran to give the Heels back a three-run lead.
End 6th: UNC 3, LSU 1
LSU adds one hit for a total of six to UNC's 9. The Tar Heels hold their 3-1 lead.
Mid 6th: UNC 3, LSU 1
Only Chaz Frank manages a hit, a single in the sixth.
Top 6th: UNC 3, LSU 1
LSU manufactures a run on three hits. Sean McMullen scores on a Mason Katz single.
Mid 5th: UNC 3, LSU 0
Carolina managed another hit but three grounders ended the top of the fifth.
End 4th: UNC 3, LSU 0
Another 1-2-3 inning for the Heels brings them back up to bat in the top of the fifth.
Mid 4th: UNC 3, LSU 0
Carolina went ground out, strike out before Lassiter singled to left. Colin Moran flied out to left to end the inning.
End 3rd: UNC 3, LSU 0
Andrew Stevenson singled to left to put a Tiger on. McMullen fouled out to third, after three Tar Heels ran into each other and all fell down. Mark Laird singled to center to put one on first and second. Bregman grounded into a fielder's choice putting runners at first and third. Katz walked to load the bases but with two outs Rhymes popped out to get the Heels out of the inning.
Mid 3rd: UNC 3, LSU 0
Landon Lassiter doubled to left and Colin Moran singled to right to send Lassiter in for another run. The run prompted LSU to change pitchers putting in LHP Brent Bonvillain. Brian Holberton came up and singled to center as Moran advanced to second. Bonvillain walked Stubbs to load the bases with no outs. Skye Bolt struck out swinging for the first out.
End 2nd: UNC 2, LSU 0
A 1-2-3 inning for Trent Thornton brings the Heels up to bat again.
Mid 2nd: UNC 2, LSU 0
Michael Russell started off the second with a single to the pitcher, Zolk sacrificed to the pitcher to send Russell to second. LSU starter Cody Glen then walked Parks Jordan to put two on with one out. Chaz Frank lined it to first for a double play for the last outs.
End 1st: UNC 2, LSU 0
Trent Thornton took the mound and was off to a shaky start. Thornton got two quick outs on a fly out to center and grounder to second but then followed up with two walks. A fly out to right ended the inning.
Mid 1st: UNC 2, LSU 0
The Tigers got two easy outs to start things off Tuesday as Chaz Frank struck out and Landon Lassiter followed with a fly out to center. Colin Moran singled to right for the Tar Heels first base runner of the game. Brian Holberton homered to send he and Moran across home plate giving the Heels the early 2-0 lead. Skye Bolt grounded into a fielder's choice to end the inning.
The University of North Carolina and Louisiana State University are set to face off in an elimination game Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
The No. 1 national seed Tar Heels have named freshman right-hander Trent Thornton as the Tuesday’s starter. The 6-foot Charlotte native leads the team in ERA, 1.28, and boasts an 11-1 record in 28 outings on the year.
"He's not a freshman now," said UNC head coach Mike Fox. "He's pitched in the biggest games for us on the season, and he's pitched exceptionally well. I don't think he'll be intimidated or scared."
Thornton has started just five games this season, but has recorded eight saves in 84.2 innings while holding opposing batters to a .194 batting average. He has struck out 78 and only walked 15 while surrendering nine extra-base hits out of 60 total hits this season.
"As a kid, you dream of pitching in games like this," Thornton said Monday. "A little nervous, but that comes with every game I pitch. I'm really excited."
In Sunday’s game against NC State, the Tar Heels (57-11, 21-7 ACC) recorded just one two-out hit as Carlos Rodon only needed 108 pitches in a complete-game effort to send North Carolina to the loser’s bracket. The Tar Heels must do a better job extending AB’s and running up the pitch count Tuesday to stay alive.
The No. 4 seed Tigers will counter with sophomore Cody Glenn. The 6-foot-4 left-hander had a 7-2 record in 14 appearances on the year. He allowed 70 hits over 82 innings with only 11 extra-base hits and one home run. Glenn held the opposition to a .234 batting average.
LSU (57-10, 23-7) ranks third in the nation in team ERA, 2.38, fourth in hits allowed per nine innings, 7, and second in team WHIP, 1.05.
North Carolina ranks fourth in scoring with 7.8 runs per game. They rank first in runs scored with 530, which is 41 runs more than the second ranked team. The Tar Heels are tied for second with 359 walks and first with 733 hits.
The Tar Heels are the only team in the nation to have not lost consecutive games this season.
"You have to be thinking about one game, trying to survive against a tough opponent," Fox said.
The winner will face the loser of Tuesday night’s NC State Wolfpack and UCLA Bruins game on Thursday.