June 7, 2009

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Around the Super Regionals

Ackley's Homer Helps UNC Get Return Trip to Omaha


In Chapel Hill, N.C., All-American Dustin Ackley (right) had an opposite-field three-run homer to cap a five-run sixth as North Carolina defeated East Carolina 9-3 to capture the Chapel Hill Super Regional and advance to the College World Series for the fourth straight year.

Garrett Gore went 4 for 5 with four runs for the Tar Heels (47-16). He homered to center in the ninth to complete the scoring.


Kyle Seager had a two-run single after a pair of walks loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the third to start the scoring for the Tar Heels. Seth Baldwin also knocked in a pair in the game for UNC.


Adam Warren (9-2) held ECU scoreless until the eighth. Warren did not allow a runner to second until the seventh. He surrendered eight hits in 7.1 innings with three runs, one walk and eight strikeouts. Brian Moran got the final five outs to secure the win.


Brandon Henderson had a two-run single in the three-run eighth for the Pirates (46-20). Trent Whitehead had two hits and a run for ECU.


(photo courtesy of UNC Media Relations Office)