In a win or go home game, North Carolina proves they aren’t ready to go home just yet.
North Carolina jumped on the board first, when C Moran singled to right, followed by a homerun by Holberton to right, giving the Tar Heels and 2-0 lead.
Carolina extended their lead in the third, when another single by Moran scores Lassiter, who doubled to left the at bat before.
LSU finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth, when a Katz single scored McMullen, who reached base after an infield single. 3-1 still Carolina lead.
Carolina scored again in the top of the seventh, when Bolt singled to left, scoring Moran. Carolina leads 4-1.
But in the bottom of the seventh LSU tried to come back. They got their bats going, McMullen doubled to right, Laird singled to left center, and then Bregman grounded into a double play, scoring McMullen.
LSU threatened again in the eighth, including getting the bases loaded, but could not get a run across. It was all up to the bottom of the ninth. Bregman flies out to right, first out of the inning. Katz walks to put a baserunner on, but then Rhymes flies out to center for the second out of the inning. Ibarra strikes out swinging to end the game and send LSU home.
Trent Thorton put on a stellar performance for the Tar Heels on the mound. He went 7.1 innings, allowed nine hits but only two earned runs, had four walks and three strikeouts. Chris McCue came in during the eighth as relief, pitching two innings, allowing only one hit, one walk, and one strikeout for the last out of the game.
LSU’s starting pitching was not as impressive. Starting pitcher Cody Glenn only went two innings, allowed five hits, three earned runs, one walks, and one strike out. Brent Bonvillain came on in the third, went 4.1 innings, allowed five hits, one earned run, two walks and three strikeouts. And then Chris Cotton comes in, going 2.2 innings, allowed one hit, and got two strikeouts.