Pirates, Tar Heels getting set for Game 2

June, 7, 2009
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The sun was losing the battle with the clouds on Sunday morning at Boshamer Stadium. Then the North Carolina baseball team took the field for batting practice, U2's "Beautiful Day" started playing on the public address system and sure enough the sun made an appearance.

It could be the exception for Game 2 (Noon ET, ESPN) of the Chapel Hill Super Regional as the local forecast is only calling for partly sunny skies with a chance of rain this afternoon -- although the sun has remained out since the Heels took the field.

In Saturday's opening game, UNC (46-16) used a seven-run sixth inning to break open a tight game en route to a 10-1 win over East Carolina (46-19). Alex White (8-4) went 8.1 innings and recorded a career-best 12 strikeouts to shut down the Pirates attack while third baseman Kyle Seager went 4-for-5 with a home run and 2 RBI to pace a Diamond Heel offense that saw each starter record at least one hit.

Today's game is sold out and fans of both UNC and East Carolina are combing the grounds outside the stadium looking for tickets. Yesterday's attendance of 4,316 set a Boshamer Stadium record, which surpassed the 4,231 who were here on April 25 vs. Maryland.

A win by the Tar Heels would send them to their fourth consecutive appearance in Omaha for the College World Series. A Pirates win would extend the super regional to a deciding Game 3 on Monday at 1 p.m. (ESPN).

Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the Chapel Hill Super Regional (remember that East Carolina is the home team today):

North Carolina (46-16)
3 Ben Bunting LF
13 Dustin Ackley 1B
10 Kyle Seager 3B
24 Ryan Graepel SS
1 Levi Michael 2B
8 Mark Fleury C
4 Garrett Gore RF
11 Mike Cavasinni CF
5 Jacob Stallings DH
28 Adam Warren P (8-2, 3.19, .235 OBA)

East Carolina (46-19)
1 Trent Whitehead CF
16 Ryan Wood 2B
25 Stephen Batts LF
19 Kyle Roller DH
23 Brandon Henderson 1B
34 Devin Harris RF
7 Dustin Harrington SS
2 Drew Schieber 3B
22 Jared Avchen C
35 Kevin Brandt P (9-1, 3.52, .234 OBA)

HP: Jim Garman
1B: Scott Erby
2B: Jim Schalley
3B: Chuck Lyon



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