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.
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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