Sports
8:16 am
Fri June 21, 2013

North Carolina advances at CWS, but faces another elimination game

Of the four teams left at the College World Series, only one of them has won it in the past. 

Credit Greg Echlin

North Carolina advanced to the semifinals after a 7-0 win over in-state rival North Carolina State.  But the Tar Heels have not taken an easy road into the semis.

Five times during the post-season, the top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels faced elimination. Each time they’ve responded with a victory.  Not only are the Tar Heels one of the three teams left seeking their first national championship, they’re trying to become the first team from the Atlantic Coast Conference to win the College World Series since Wake Forest in 1955.

Tonight, the Tar Heels under coach Mike Fox face elimination again when they square off against UCLA.

“They’re a great team.  They’re going to pitch great against us, but the dynamics will change going into Saturday if we can somehow get a win.  That’s going to be a tougher task than said, but we’re just glad to be playing.”

Tonight’s game starts at 8.  If the Tar Heels win, they’ll play UCLA again tomorrow night at 8:30.  This afternoon’s other semifinal takes place between Mississippi State and Oregon State, the only team that has previously won a national title.