The post-season has not met the expectations of Mike Fox or the Tar Heels fans, but today should give fans plenty of reasons to smile. Not only did the Tar Heels defeat the Louisiana State Tigers, 4-2, but the pitching was finally back to what fans have been used to.
Trent Thornton got the nod to start the game for Carolina and lasted 114 pitches before being pulled out late in the game. He is the most successful pitcher that Fox has started since the regular season started and despite showing frustration should be proud of his efforts to give him his twelfth win this season.
McCue would finish the game and pitch the final two innings to close out the season for the LSU Tigers.
The red hot bat of Brian Holberton continued to make appearances this afternoon. He hit a two-run home run in the first inning to give the Tar Heels the 2-0 lead. Holberton had one more hit in the game.
Skye Bolt and Colin Moran also showed up to play some offensive, both grabbing an RBI each to give the Tar Heels two more runs. That would prove to be the security runs needed to win the game after LSU began a late game rally, but fell short.
The Tar Heels will play the loser of tonight’s North Carolina State vs. UCLA game, so there is a good chance of a second ACC showdown between State and Carolina in the College World Series. The good news is if we do play NC State, Rodon won’t be at 100%!