Carolina racks up four runs in third, up 6-0

June, 16, 2009
For a few minutes, it looked like Southern Miss would get out of the third inning easily.

That didn't last long.

After getting off to a quick two-out start, the Golden Eagles gave up four runs to North Carolina, which took a 6-0 lead before the half-inning finally came to an end.

The Tar Heels' Garrett Gore and Levi Michael grounded out to give the Golden Eagles two outs. But J.R. Ballinger went back to his walking ways, putting Ryan Graepel on first, and Mike Cavasinni followed with a single up the middle.

The middle proved to be Southern Miss' dead zone when Seth Baldwin drove a single to center for the Tar Heels, this time socring Graepel from second.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

After Baldwin stole second, Ben Bunting hit another ball up the middle to score Cavasinni and Baldwin. Bunting advanced to second on the play, sliding safe just before the tag.

Next up: you know who.

With Dustin Ackley at the plate, Cody Schlagel relieved Ballinger. Ackley lined one to the left, driving in Bunting for Ackley's all-time-record 25th CWS hit and his third RBI of the game.

Ackley was picked off at second for the third out.

Taylor Walker earned Southern Miss' first hit of the game, after Travis Graves grounded out to lead off the bottom of the inning. Besides Bo Davis' walk, Walker got no backup. Ackley snagged James Ewing's foul ball, and Kameron Brunty struck out to close the inning.



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