June 22, 2008
Flack has knack for dramatic postseason
By Phil Stanton
OMAHA, Neb. – Who else would the Tar Heels
want up in that position?
When talking about huge postseason home runs, the
first name North Carolina fans mention is Chad Flack.
The senior has hit homers to send UNC to Omaha
each of the past two years. And this year, he kept the season
going with his two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth
Saturday against Fresno State to force a game on Sunday for a
spot in the Championship Series against Georgia.
In 2006, Flack hit a three-run homer in the
eighth and a two-run shot in the ninth to carry UNC to an 8-7
victory over Alabama in Game 2 of the Tuscaloosa Super Regional
and a berth in the College World Series.
One year ago, Flack smacked a two-run homer in
the seventh in Game 3 of the Chapel Hill Super Regional against
South Carolina to again send the Tar Heels to Omaha.
Where does this latest home run rank with the
“It has to be No. 1 right now,” Flack said.
“We’re here another day and we have a chance to play a little
Flack had struggled at the plate in UNC’s first
three CWS games, hitting just .200 (2 for 10). But he ignited a
two-run rally in the fourth with a base hit against the Bulldogs
to pull the Tar Heels to within one at 3-2. And his two-run
blast in the eighth kept North Carolina alive in its quest for
its first baseball national championship.