Game At A Glance: North Carolina-Mississippi State
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.
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.