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OMAHA (AP) --- Home runs are few and far between at the College World Series these days, which made Brian Holberton's first-inning shot all the more important for North Carolina.
Holberton staked freshman starter Trent Thornton to a two-run lead before he even took the mound Tuesday, and No. 1 national seed Carolina went on to beat LSU 4-2 in an elimination game.
Carolina, which lost 8-1 to NC State in its CWS opener, staved off elimination for the third time in the NCAA tournament and remains the only team in the country to not lose back-to-back games this season. The Tar Heels are outscoring opponents 85-30 after losses, and their 58 wins are a school record.
Thornton (12-1) pitched a strong seven innings in his first start since March 27. The 6-foot, 170-pound right-hander worked around two singles and three walks to hold the Tigers scoreless until the fifth and escaped trouble in the seventh thanks to a double play.
OMAHA, Neb. - NC State fell 2-1 to UCLA in perhaps the most tightly contested game of the 2013 College World Series on Tuesday night at TD Ameritrade Park.
The Wolfpack (50-15) scored once in the bottom of the third to take a 1-0 lead. UCLA (46-17) rallied with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth, and held the Pack scoreless the rest of the way to claim a 2-1 victory.
Bryan Adametz scored State’s lone run in his 1-for-2 outing, reaching base to score that run on a hit by pitch. Trea Turner contributed the Pack’s only RBI in a 1-for-4 game. Tarran Senay, Grant Clyde, and Jake Armstrong added the Wolfpack’s other three hits on the evening. No player from either side tallied more than one hit.