UNC beats Gamecocks, 5-4
North Carolina and N.C. State will be renewing their baseball rivalry – this time on the sport’s biggest stage.
The Tar Heels advanced to the College World Series Tuesday with a 5-4 win over border-state rival South Carolina at Boshamer Stadium.
Brian Holberton hit a two-run homer in the second inning, and UNC overcame a 4-2 deficit with three runs in the sixth to clinch the third game of the super regional series against the Gamecocks.
ACC pitcher of the year Kent Emanuel, who started the series opener on Saturday, recorded the final two outs, setting off a wild celebration on the mound.
UNC will next face N.C. State in Omaha Sunday at 3 p.m., about three weeks after the teams played for 18 innings in the ACC Tournament at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Tar Heels won that meeting 2-1 in what was the longest game in program history.