College Baseball: UNC Survives Scares, Advances

College Baseball: UNC Survives Scares, Advances
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    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill went into postseason play as the NCAA's No. 1 baseball team, but had to overcome a pair of scares that nearly eliminated the Tarheels from contention.


That first scare involved a 3-2 loss to Florida Atlantic on Sunday, setting up Monday’s elimination final with the Owls. On Monday, the Tarheels needed 13 innings to knock off the Owls, prevailing 12 to 11.

Regional Pairings Announced

With the Regionals out of the way, the NCAA Baseball Championship continues this weekend with 16 teams remaining. The Super Regionals are as follows:

  1. Indiana v. Florida State at Tallahassee, Fl.
  2. North Carolina v. South Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC.
  3. Mississippi State v. Virginia at Charlottesville, VA.
  4. Louisville v. Vanderbilt at Nashville, Tenn.
  5. North Carolina State v. Rice at Raleigh, NC.
  6. LSU v. Oklahoma at Baton Rouge, LA.
  7. Cal State Fullerton v. UCLA at Fullerton, CA.
  8. Oregon State. v. Kansas State at Corvailis, Ore.

Four games are scheduled for Friday, eight games each are on tap for Saturday and Sunday, and four games are scheduled for Monday. Some of the Sunday and all of the Monday games may be “if necessary” should any team win its first two games, making the third games unnecessary. You can follow the bracket layout on the NCAA’s website.

Early Exits

Just two of the No. 1 seeds failed to make it out of the Super Regionals this year. Oregon was eliminated by Rice and Virginia Tech was eliminated by Oklahoma. Also, a highly-anticipated showdown between South Carolina and Clemson never happened as Liberty handed the Tigers both its losses.

The regional winners advance to Omaha to play in this year’s College World Series. The teams will be split into two groups, playing double elimination games beginning on June 15. The winners of each group will face off in a best-of-3 championship, with the winner crowned the national champion. That final will take place with just a few days left in the month, and officially end the 2012-2013 college sports calendar.

UNC Reprise

Monday’s elimination game between UNC and Florida Atlantic was a nail-biter and heart stopper, with the Tarheels blowing a 6-2 lead going into the ninth inning. The Owls erupted for six runs, including a Tyler Rocklein grand slam, but managed to tie it up in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings.

Things got interesting again in the 12th inning when the Owls pushed across three runs only to have the game sent into the 13th inning as the Tarheels tied the score at 11 to 11. The Tarheels pushed across the winning run at the bottom of the inning when Cody Stubbs singled with the bases loaded.

Games like those played by the Tarheels and Owls is what makes college baseball so interesting. Fan interest is gaining, attendance is up and ESPN is broadcasting the games.

See AlsoRoad to Omaha: College Baseball 2013


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