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Carolina Insider Podcast: College World Series

The Tar Heel baseball team is back in Omaha for the College World Series for an 11th appearance, and Friday's episode of the Carolina Insider podcast is along for the ride. Former North Carolina standouts Chad Flack, Jonathan Hovis and Rob Wooten share memories from Omaha and the College World Series with hosts Jones Angell and Adam Lucas.

Turner's Take: Their Time

Believe it or not, it's been 11 years since "Chad Flack just sent Carolina to Omaha." Ten years since a freshman class that included Dustin Ackley, Kyle Seager and Alex White sent them back. Eight years since the White-Warren-Harvey weekend rotation. Four years since Brian Holberton and the Tar Heels slid around Brett Austin and NC State in Omaha.

Near-annual run to Omaha started with one swing in 2006

It was June 10, 2006, when Chad Flack hit a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning of the second game of a Super Regional at Alabama. Flack’s home run gave the Tar Heels an 8-7 victory and sent them to Omaha, Neb., and the College World Series for the first time since 1989. Seven years later, the memory of that home run has endured.

Out of the park

Lauren Shuping clearly remembers her mom coming home from a UNC Chapel Hill football game in 2008 raving about a guy she met. He was Chad Flack, a Carolina baseball player, and her mom, along with a friendly team of conspirators, set up a meeting for the two during the halftime of an upcoming football game. Nervous and embarrassed, Lauren walked to the end zone, where Chad was showing baseball recruits around the stadium. They met, and neither could deny the instant sparks.

North Carolina tops Dartmouth 5-2

Dustin Ackley stroked three hits last night to become North Carolina's career leading hitter, helping secure a 5-2 win over Dartmouth in the first round of the NCAA baseball tournament's Chapel Hill Regional. Ackley lined a double down the left-field line in the bottom of the eighth inning to drive in his second run of the game for his 329th UNC hit. The previous record was 328, set in the 2008 season by Chad Flack.

Chad Flack goes from infield to dugout

As Kevin Rudolf's "Let It Rock" blared out of the new state- of-the-art speakers at remodeled Boshamer Stadium, announcing the first batter of the season, a familiar face stayed in the dugout. And that song Friday afternoon was a far cry from the country songs like Little Big Town's "Boondocks" that used to introduce Chad Flack.

Rachel Dawson, Chad Flack To Receive 2007-08 Patterson Medals

Rachel Dawson, the 2007 field hockey National Player of the Year, and baseball's Chad Flack, who hit three of the biggest home runs in school history, are the recipients of the 2007-08 Patterson Medals, which are given to the University of North Carolina's most outstanding student-athletes. The University and the Patterson family will present the medals to Dawson and Flack at a men's basketball game in January.

Tar Heels enter fall baseball boasting mix of young talent, proven veterans

UNC's 2008 baseball recruiting class is a solid crop of kids who have the potential to make a huge impact. If the Heels are going to make another run for the championship, they will need to count on their incoming freshmen to help fill some holes -- most notably those left behind by the departures of Chad Flack, Tim Federowicz, Kyle Shelton and Tim Fedroff.

Chad Flack Faces Career Decision

Chad Flack has a tough decision in front of him. The senior third baseman from Forest City, N.C. faces the option of pursuing one of two dreams – professional baseball player or college coach. As a result of [off-season] surgery, if he opts to continue his playing career, it’d have to wait until next season. Though he also has been offered a coaching position on the Tar Heel baseball team for next season.

Chad Flack gives back

Chad Flack said his old baseball coach went overboard. Bobby Reynolds, Cherryville's American Legion coach, took the microphone Wednesday and glowed on and on about his former East Rutherford High School star who recently completed a solid collegiate career at North Carolina. And after Flack tossed the ceremonial first pitch prior to Cherryville's game against Caldwell County, he returned the compliments.

Lucas: The Clutchest

Mike Fox almost misspoke. He was meeting the media after Saturday's improbable 4-3 victory over Fresno State, and he was trying to assess the importance of Chad Flack to yet another postseason Tar Heel victory. This, of course, is like trying to assess the importance of Santa Claus to Christmas. You simply can't have one without the other. "I don't know what to say," the Tar Heel head coach said. "I do know that Chad Flack is the clutchest player I've ever..."

Flack Attack!

For a second straight night, a Tar Heel veteran connected on a game-winning, eighth-inning homerun to boost North Carolina one step closer to the NCAA title. This time it was Chad Flack blasting a two-run bomb to left field to post a 4-3 victory over Fresno State. “I was looking just to make sure I did my job to get [Kyle] Seager over [to third base], and he just happened to leave one over the plate for me.”

Chad Flack's homer powers UNC win

When North Carolina senior Chad Flack was asked Friday night how catcher Tim Federowicz's game- winning, ninth-inning grand slam against LSU compared to some of Flack's historic postseason homers, he replied: "It's the best, right now, because it means we're still playing." Saturday night, the third baseman took the "clutch" crown back — for the same reason.

Flack's Home Run Gives Tar Heels 4-3 Victory Over Fresno State

Chad Flack's monster two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning kept North Carolina alive in the College World Series with a 4-3 victory over Fresno State on Saturday night. It's the second straight elimination game Carolina has won on a late home run. Friday, Tim Federowicz's grand slam in the ninth broke a tie in a 7-3 win over LSU. The Tar Heels (54-13) forced another elimination game Sunday against Fresno State (44-30).

Flack's role at UNC: Winner

Two years ago, Forest City native Chad Flack was a power-hitting idol at North Carolina after his timely home runs propelled the Tar Heels to their first College World Series in 17 years. As a sophomore, Flack blasted a three-run home run in the eighth inning and a two-run homer in the ninth in Game2 of a super regional at Alabama to secure a College World Series trip for the Tar Heels. As a senior, he is a study in contrasts.

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