Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Tar Heels get last CWS spot
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Chapel Hill, N.C. • North Carolina carried a No. 1 ranking nearly all year along with the expectation of returning to the College World Series.

It turned out the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament would have to fight though all kinds of trouble — deficits, mistakes, bullpen-taxing games — to reach that goal.

Colin Moran hit an RBI triple in a three-run sixth inning and staff ace Kent Emanuel picked up his first career save by getting the final two outs to help UNC beat South Carolina 5-4 on Tuesday.

By winning the decisive third game of the weather-delayed super regional series, the Tar Heels (57-10) secured their sixth trip to Omaha in eight seasons.

It also capped a stressful two weekends of NCAA play, from a 13-inning comeback win against Florida Atlantic in the final game of the Chapel Hill Regional to the pair of one-run wins against the Gamecocks (43-20).

"It doesn't really matter how you get there," UNC coach Mike Fox said. "Baseball's a tough game, you never know how it's going to go. At the end of the day, we're going, so that's the most important thing."

North Carolina will open CWS play Sunday against in-state and Atlantic Coast Conference rival North Carolina State. —

College World Series openers

Saturday • Mississippi St. vs. Oregon St., 1 p.m., ESPN2• Indiana vs. Louisville, 6 p.m., ESPN Sunday • NC State vs. North Carolina, 1 p.m., ESPN2• UCLA vs. LSU, 6 p.m., ESPN2

Article Tools

 Print Friendly
 
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Login to the Electronic Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.