North Carolina’s Hobbs Johnson combined with Chris McCue on a five-hitter and the Tar Heels stayed alive in the College World Series with a 7-0 victory against NC State on Thursday night. Johnson allowed five singles, walked two and struck out six before leaving with one out in the ninth.
Michael Russell drove in three runs for the No. 1-seeded Tar Heels who improve to 59-11 on the season. Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year Colin Moran had three singles, reached base four times and drove in two runs for Carolina.
No easy task coming up for the Tar Heels. UNC must beat UCLA twice – first on Friday and again Saturday – to reach the finals. NC State (50-16), in the CWS for the first time since 1968, was shut out for the first time this season.