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College Baseball World Series in Omaha
Greg Echlin

UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State will both try to avoid elimination tonight when they meet in the College World Series.

This is the fifth match-up of the season between these two rivals and the stakes don’t get much higher. UNC and State split a pair of regular season match-ups. The Tar Heels then won a classic 18-inning affair last month during the ACC Tournament. And the Wolfpack got the latest laugh with an 8-1 victory in the College World Series this past weekend.

UNC Win And NCSU Loss Set Up Rivalry Rematch

Jun 19, 2013
School banners at the 2013 College World Series
Greg Echlin

Another rivalry game between North Carolina and North Carolina State is on the horizon at the College World Series in Omaha.  This time, the loser will go home.  

No team has been hotter down the stretch than North Carolina State. UCLA’s 2-1 victory over the Wolfpack on Tuesday was only the fifth loss for State since March 31, and no one except for Florida State and the North Carolina Tar Heels had beaten the Pack.  So Wolfpack coach Elliott Avent was in no mood to talk about the Tar Heel rematch Thursday night.

NC State Dominates UNC To Open College World Series

Jun 17, 2013
TD Ameritrade Stadium, the site of the College World Series in Omaha
Jimmy Emerson / Flickr Creative Commons

North Carolina and N.C. State have played each other 285 times in baseball, but they met for their first College World Series matchup Sunday with the Wolfpack coming out on top.

This marks the sixth time in eight years the Tar Heels have earned a trip to Omaha. As the top-seeded team in the championship, the only thing missing from their point of view is a national championship.

Wolfpack players Logan Ratledge (gray shirt) and Jake Armstrong (red shirt) playing baseball with Little Leaguers.
NC State

NC State's Wolfpack has had the entire season to prepare for its World Series shot this weekend, but when they arrived at the hotel in Omaha this week, a couple players managed to get in a last minute pickup game with a Little League team on the lawn of their hotel.  NC State communications caught players Logan Ratledge and Jake Armstrong on film batting with an 11-and-under team from Colorado Thursday afternoon. Nearby hotel and car windows were spared –they used a wiffle ball.

NC State

NC State is going to its first College World Series since 1968.  The Wolfpack beat Rice in 17 innings last night, 5-4.  Brett Williams drove in the go-ahead run with a RBI double. 

The game was the longest Super Regional in NCAA history.  Coach Elliot Avent says it's fulfilling for his team to break the streak of 45 years without a World Series appearance.

The Tar Heels are seeded number one in the NCAA baseball tournament.
Jeffrey A. Camarati, UNC

The NCAA baseball tournament gets underway this weekend with games in Raleigh and Chapel Hill.  NC State hosts a regional with a game against Binghamton tomorrow night at seven.  UNC Chapel Hill is the number one overall seed and will also host a regional tomorrow night.  The Tar Heels face Canisius at 6:00.  Coach Mike Fox says fans have a big role to play in his team's success.

Durham Bulls Stadium with people in front.
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The brainchild of documentarian Sam Stephenson continues as the Durham Bulls season goes on. He and a group of artists, writers and others are trying to document all 72 home games of the Durham Bulls.

samstephenson.org

Yesterday was the first home game for the 2013 baseball season at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and fans gathered to watch the heroic Bulls defeat the Gwinnett Braves.

Pitcher Dirk Hayhurst
www.durhambulls.com

Not many baseball players can also say they’ve written a New York Times bestseller. Pitcher Dirk Hayhurst can. When first he picked up a pen to write a memoir about life in the bullpen, he never expected that he would become a critically acclaimed author. Readers ate up Hayhurst’s honesty about success, failure and the often strange culture of sports as documented in “The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran” (Citadel Press/2010).

Minor-League Shakeup

Dec 16, 2010

The Carolina Mudcats minor-league baseball team has been sold to a group in Florida. The team is slated to move after next season.

The Mudcats Double-A franchise is leaving largely due to the travel costs associated with flying to games in the far-flung Southern League.

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