OMAHA, Neb. - After freshman Kent Emanuel's impressive performance in Carolina's 3-0 win over Texas on Monday the Tar Heels took to the practice field once again as they went through a hour and a half workout at nearby Creighton in anticipation for Wednesday night's elimination contest with Vanderbilt.
The Carolina coaching staff announced Tuesday that senior right-hander Greg Holt would take the mound Wednesday night in the rematch against the Commodores. Holt, an eighth round draft pick by the Washington Nationals, has appeared in a team-high 32 games this season but has only made one start on the year.
In his only other start on the season, Holt went 5.2 allowing three runs on six hits while walking four and striking out six against Miami in the opening game of the ACC Tournament. The start will be the fourth of Holt's career after making a pair of starts a year ago.
No hitter has been hotter for the Tar Heels this postseason than Ben Bunting who is now hitting .452 (14 for 31) in the 2011 NCAA Tournament after matching a career high with four hits against Texas. Bunting helped raise his CWS average to an even .500 (11 for 22) in six career games in Omaha.
The Tar Heels dropped a 7-3 decision to Vanderbilt to open the College World Series after leaving a season-high 16 men on base, the most since the 2007 squad left 16 runners on in a 14-0 win over Temple.
The Commodores will counter with a senior of their own as right-hander Taylor Hill will get the call. Hill has made 16 starts on the year posting a 5-2 record to go along with a 2.84 ERA over 92.0 innings of work. Opponents are hitting .244 on the year against Hill who owns a 88-22 strikeout to walk ratio in 2011.
First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. ET from TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha and the game can be seen on ESPN2.