Turning Point: North Carolina freshman righthander Alex White had some electric stuff early, but he couldn’t put away Jess Buenger in the second inning. Only one run had scored at that point, but with a 1-2 count and runners at second at third, Buenger worked the count full, then slashed a two-run single to center, and the rout was on.
The Hero: Joe Savery didn’t dominate but didn’t have to. What the junior lefthander did was efficiently keep the Tar Heels, a team known for its ability to rally, at bay, and with the wind blowing out, he kept the ball in the ballpark in his six-plus innings of work.
You May Not Have Noticed: North Carolina set a record for the most pitchers used in a CWS game. UNC tied the record in the seventh inning, a mark reached eight times previously. Then catcher Tim Federowicz went from catcher to the mound in the ninth to become the record eighth pitcher used. It’s also the second-straight season a player has played catcher and pitcher in the same game, with Federowicz following Matt Wieters’ 2006 performance for Georgia Tech.