No title for Tar Heels
After winning four elimination games in the NCAA Tournament, North Carolina’s run toward its first national championship in baseball finally ended Friday night.
The Tar Heels fell to UCLA 4-1 in the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park.
UNC came in with the third-highest scoring offense in the country, averaging 7.9 runs a game, but was shut down by Bruins sophomore Grant Watson, who allowed four hits in six innings.
ACC pitcher of the year Kent Emanuel, who gave up two runs (one earned) and five hits in six innings, took his second loss in Omaha.
The Tar Heels (59-12) had earned the No. 1 overall seed for the first time after winning the ACC regular-season and tournament titles. They knocked out rival N.C. State on Thursday, avenging an earlier loss in Sunday’s CWS opener, but finished two wins away from the championship series after going 2-2 in Omaha.
Instead, UCLA will face Mississippi State in a best-of-3 series to determine the title.