UNC falls to Mississippi State and will now face Oregon State in an elimination game.
After storms prevented UNC from playing their second College World Series game last night, the Tar Heels fell to Mississippi State early Tuesday afternoon, 12-2. However, don’t let the final scoreline tell you the entire story of today’s game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
UNC starting pitcher Austin Bergner worked seven innings, giving up just five hits. He would also walk one and strike out eight. His eight strikeouts are a new UNC CWS record. Bergner worked a quick first inning, striking out two in the process. He then gave up a grand slam to Jordan Westburg in the second. Bergner settled down and recorded 16 straight outs after Westburg’s bases-clearing home run.
The offense of the Tar Heels struggled to produce all afternoon, producing just one run over the final eight frames. Ashton McGee (2-2, 1 BB) led off the bottom of the seventh with a triple, scoring on wild pitch seconds later. Unfortunately, UNC managed only one more hit over the final three innings after McGee’s triple.
After giving up back-to-back singles and an intentional walk, Bergner was relieved by Josh Hiatt. Hiatt proceeded to give up three straight RBI-singles in what would become an eight-run inning for the Bulldogs.
The Tar Heels aren’t done yet, though. UNC will battle Oregon State for a second time in this CWS on Wednesday night in an elimination game at 7 pm (ESPN).