'Heels Headed To Omaha

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - 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 North Carolina beat South Carolina 5-4 on Tuesday, sending the No. 1 overall seed to the College World Series.

Brian Holberton hit a two-run homer for the Tar Heels (57-10), who trailed 4-2 before pushing ahead for good in the sixth to win the decisive third game in the weather-delayed super regional series. It will be the Tar Heels' sixth trip to Omaha in eight seasons.

Reliever Trent Thornton (11-1) earned the win, allowing one earned run over 4 2-3 innings. Then Emanuel - who had thrown 238 pitches in the NCAA tournament - came on for a pair of one-pitch outs that sent the UNC players spilling out of the dugout and onto the field to celebrate.

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The North Carolina Tar Heels are headed back to the College World Series after defeating South Carolina 5-4 in the Super Regionals Tuesday afternoon.

UNC trailed 4-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. Colin Moran then hit an RBI triple. Cody Stubbs drove in Moran on a sac fly. Parks Jordan then drew a bases loaded walk to give the Tar Heels a 5-4 lead they wouldn't relinquish.

North Carolina will first play N.C. State in Omaha. The tournament is in a double elimination format.


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