Jun 16, 2013; Omaha, NE, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels pitcher Chris McCue (17) throws during their College World Series game against the NC State Wolfpack at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Dave Weaver-USA Today Sports

North Carolina vs. Long Beach State: Start Time, Live Stream Info


After 60 games, many tough losses and 34 hard earned wins, the Diamond Heels are here. The first step on the Road to Omaha begins today. The North Carolina Tar Heels will take on the Long Beach State Dirtbags on Friday afternoon in the first game of the Gainesville Regional. The winner will face the winner of Florida and College of Charleston, a game which will be played at seven o’clock tonight.

We have all the information you need to get your ready for the first pitch at one o’clock. Below are gametimes, live stream info, links to more information about all the teams in the regional and more.

North Carolina vs. Long Beach State: Game Information

Date: May 30th, 2014
Location: McKethan Stadium (5,500), Gainesville, Florida
Start Time: 1:00 Eastern
Radio Info: WCHL in Chapel Hill
Live Stream: ESPN3. Link here.

#3 North Carolina Tar Heels
Record: 34-25
Conference Record: 15-15 in ACC
Bid: At-Large

#2 Long Beach State Dirtbags
Record: 32-24
Conference Record: 17-7 in Big West
Bid: At-Large
What you need to know about the Dirtbags

Thoughts

-I don’t think the impact of travel should be underestimated in the first game of a regional. The Dirtbags have traveled a long way from California to get to Gainesville. Yesterday, the team had an open practice at Florida’s stadium.

If they tweeted that picture from practice on Thursday, I’m going to assume the team didn’t get to Florida any sooner than Wednesday. That isn’t quite enough time for the jet lag to go away, and the game to them will feel like its starting at breakfast time. I’m sure they are tired from the time zone difference, and UNC could jump on them early if the Dirtbags come out sluggish.

-Trent Thornton starting on the mound Friday for the Heels.


He was so good in the ACC Tournament, and the Heels need their ace to come up big Friday afternoon.

-I really think this game is a must-win for the Tar Heels right off the bat. 4th seeded College of Charleston is good enough that they could give the Heels trouble on Saturday if both teams fall into the losers bracket.

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