Game At A Glance: North Carolina-Mississippi State



Turning Point: 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.