Turning Point: North Carolina had a chance to take control of the game in the first inning, when the first three batters reached safely and a bunt gave UNC runners on second and third with one out and one run already on the board. But Tim Fedroff hit a chopper to first baseman Jordan Lennerton, who threw Josh Horton out at the plate. The next batter, Seth Williams, flied out to center field to end the threat. Oregon State responded with three runs in the next inning and never looked back.
The Hero: Darwin Barney ended his fabulous Oregon State career in style, going 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in the second inning that gave the Beavers the lead for good. The homer also gave him sole possession of Oregon State’s all-time hits record, breaking a tie with Jacoby Ellsbury. Barney also gunned down Fedroff at the plate to curtail a UNC rally in the seventh inning.
You May Not Have Noticed: Oregon State, which was a No. 3 seed in the Charlottesville regional, became the first national champion to be seeded in the lower half of the tournament field since regional seeding began in 1988.