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Tar Heels Face Mississippi State In Game Two Of College World Series

After winning Saturday's first game of the College World Series against No. 3 Oregon State, No. 6 North Carolina will face Mississippi State tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. Austin Bergner (7-2, 4.28 ERA) will get the start against the Bulldogs. In 75.2 innings this season, the sophomore has struck out 76 batters and held opponents to a .248 batting average.

UNC baseball uses analytics to power defensive shifts

Major League Baseball teams have taken to shifting defenders more than ever thanks in part to analysis of where players hit the ball. North Carolina has followed suit, as evidenced in its 8-6 victory against Oregon State in Game 1 of the College World Series. Mississippi State will be the next team asked to solve the shifts when it meets UNC at 7 p.m. Monday.

Tar Heels catcher playing with heavy heart after friend's death, but finds solace on field

The news of his good friend’s death ripped through his soul Saturday morning, just a few hours before he was set play in the biggest game of his college career. Yet Brandon Martorano never considered sitting out. The North Carolina catcher had just been told that he lost the buddy who was at the center of seemingly each of his Little League memories.

UNC faces walk-off happy Bulldogs in key CWS game

The Tar Heels and Bulldogs have gotten to this point in Omaha quite differently, but the winner tonight will put itself in a strong position to reach the championship series. UNC is 6-0 in tournament play and has averaged better than nine runs per game. With UNC's offense rolling, it may take some pressure off a pitching staff that put in quite a bit of work in the opener.

Chansky’s Notebook: All Hands On Deck

North Carolina’s committee was better than Oregon State’s. If there is one thing the Tar Heels have learned from so many trips to the College World Series, it’s that baseball is a team game on this level, perhaps more than any other. The opening win Saturday over Oregon State demonstrated that you have to almost win by committee to survive and advance in Omaha.

On the heels of upset victory, North Carolina confirms style of play is CWS-worthy

The word “upset” may not begin to describe North Carolina’s 8-6 victory over Oregon State in the opening game of the College World Series. OSU has six players who earned All-America honors. UNC has no All-Americans and four who were picked All-ACC. Oregon State starting pitcher Luke Heimlich had more victories (16) than UNC’s top three starters combined.

Threat of big innings could decide UNC baseball's matchup against Mississippi State

Mississippi State has won their fair share of games on big innings. In three consecutive weekends, the team from Starkville, Mississippi has won on walk-off hits, advancing to Omaha by two clutch home runs in the NCAA Regional and Super Regionals, then bringing home the first run of the game on a one-out single to beat Washington in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday.

Everything you need to know about Mississippi State's next opponent, the North Carolina Tar Heels

Mississippi State fans may not be through celebrating Saturday's 1-0, walk-off win over Washington, but the Bulldogs have turned their attention to Monday's matchup. And that's a good thing, because the North Carolina Tar Heels are no joke. They went .500 in their first 14 games, but they are 36-11 since then, and that includes a 22-8 mark in the ACC.

Dalatri's injury could have impact on UNC baseball's starting rotation going forward

UNC baseball coach Mike Fox had hoped to start Cooper Criswell on Monday, even if he had to pitch him for one inning on Saturday in an emergency situation. That emergency situation came up. Late in Saturday's game, UNC was running out of pitchers and Oregon State had the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh. So Fox inserted Criswell.

Cleveland Indians thinking long term with Andrew Miller's return from injury

When the Cleveland Indians get reliever Andrew Miller back from injury, they want to make sure he stays that way for the remainder of the season instead of having to send him back to the disabled list for a third time in 2018. Out of the lineup since May 25 because of a sore right knee, Miller has not been activated because the Indians want to make sure he will remain healthy.

Father's Day In Omaha

From 2006-13, the June pilgrimage from Chapel Hill to Omaha became almost commonplace for Scott Forbes and his family. The North Carolina baseball team made six College World Series appearances in that span. And along with his wife, Mandy, Forbes' father, Harvey, his younger daughter, Ally and his older daughter, Hannah, accompanied him on each trip.

Brandon Martorano's Heavy Heart

Former North Carolina baseball player Zach Attianese and his father, Jude, died in a six-vehicle crash on I-75 in Michigan Friday night after a semi-truck struck the Attianese’s car. Saturday morning, just hours before UNC opened its College World Series against Oregon State, Mike Fox was tasked with sharing the news with his team following the pregame meal.

North Carolina pitcher gives his dad a CWS surprise

Tim Criswell still feels numbness in his right arm as a result of the cracked collarbone he sustained 11 months ago in a bicycle accident that left him in a medically induced coma for three weeks. On Saturday at the College World Series, Criswell sat behind UNC's dugout and watched his son Cooper play an unexpected, starring role as the Tar Heels beat Oregon State.

Reliving North Carolina and Oregon State's steamy, crazy marathon at the College World Series

When it was over Saturday in the sauna of Omaha, and North Carolina had held off Oregon State 8-6 in the longest nine-inning game ever played in the College World Series, Tar Heels coach Mike Fox came up with the appropriate summation. “I think we all feel like we’ve been in a heavyweight fight.” So much was crammed in the first game of the tournament.

Eyes Forward For UNC Baseball

As they've done all season, the Tar Heel relievers, all five who pitched Saturday, provided stability. "The characteristic of this team I like the most is that we flush things pretty quickly," Mike Fox said. "And eyes forward, eyes forward, we've said that a lot. Once he's out of the game we gotta – it's the next pitchers, the next pitch. And our guys didn't really panic or flinch."

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