Mississippi State still led 4-2 in the sixth inning when the
Tar Heels put runners on first and second with one out. Seth Williams
hit a hard grounder to third base that looked like a potential
inning-ending double play, but the ball hopped over Russ Sneed’s glove
into left field, opening the floodgates for UNC’s six-run rally. MSU
coach Ron Polk later said that play decided the game, because his team
could not regain its composure in time to stem the onslaught.
The Hero: After UNC
ace Robert Woodard was chased in Mississippi State’s four-run second
inning, sophomore righthander Adam Warren inherited a second-and-third
jam and induced an inning-ending groundout. He then shut out
Mississippi State for the next four innings, allowing just three hits
while striking out four before exiting.
You May Not Have Noticed:
North Carolina first baseman Dustin Ackley (the national hits leader)
has had a rough postseason, entering the game on a 4-for-22 skid, but
he came through in a huge spot Friday. Ackley’s two-run single with two
outs in the sixth broke a 4-4 tie and proved the game-winning hit.