Omaha - Dustin Ackley provided the pop and Robert Woodard provided the mound work as the North Carolina Tar Heels beat Rice 6-1 in the bracket finals of the College World Series.
Ackley hit a 3-run homer in the 7th inning to extend the Tar Heel lead to 6-0. Woodard pitched 6 and 2/3 innings of solid ball giving up just 1 run as the Tar Heel pitching staff shut down a high powered offense for the second straight day.
UNC will have to beat the Owls again Thursday at either 2 or 7 to advance to the Title series. Game time will be 2 if U-C Irvine upsets Oregon State tonight or 7pm if the Beavers win.