Monday, June 16, 2008

TAR HEELS BEAT TIGERS

Alex White kept LSU's potent offense mostly under wraps for seven-plus innings and Kyle Seager, Seth Williams and Ryan Graepel had three hits apiece to lead North Carolina to an 8-4 victory over the Tigers in the College World Series on Sunday night.

White gave up home runs to Michael Hollander and Matt Clark leading off the first and second innings, then allowed only two singles the rest of the way.

The Tar Heels (52-12), the national runner-up the past two years, advanced to a Tuesday night game against upstart Fresno State, which stunned Rice 17-5 in the afternoon. The Tigers (48-18-1), beaten for only the second time in 27 games since April 22, will play Rice in a Bracket 2 elimination game Tuesday.

There was nothing fancy about Carolina's performance. All but two of its 17 hits were singles. The Tar Heels scored in a variety of ways - a wild pitch, a walk, a groundout and a sacrifice fly.

White (11-3), who has worked at least seven innings in four straight starts, left after Hollander reached on a bunt single to start the eighth. That is when LSU threatened to come back, loading the bases against reliever Brian Moran.

But the Tar Heels survived.

North Carolina's Tim Fedroff scores at home plate against LSU catcher Micah Gibbs, in the first inning of an NCAA College World Series baseball game, in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, June 15, 2008.(AP Photo/Ted Kirk)

North Carolina starting pitcher Alex White delivers against LSU in the first inning of an NCAA College World Series baseball game, in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, June 15, 2008. (AP Photo/Eric Francis)

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